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Nutritional Overnight Cranberry-Apple Oatmeal

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I apologize for saying this is nutritional. Unfortunately it really is good for you. I hate eating things that are healthy. But…sometimes, well, almost all of the time you have to eat healthy, good-for-you foods. Even though this oatmeal is very nutritional (Your mom will definitely approve of this recipe!), it actually tastes really good! The yogurt gives it a nice creamy texture while the apple gives it a nice freshness and crunch.

If I could chose only one thing I despise about school, it would be that I always, ALWAYS wake up late. No matter WHAT, I ALWAYS wake up late. Actually, school or not, I wake up late all the time. Being late is just my thing, I guess. This is why I love breakfasts that can be made the night before. You see, after I wake up, I get dressed, which takes about ten minutes. (OH! Forgot to include the time that I have to take when picking out what to wear. Groan. THAT takes at least ten minutes too!) Then I do my hair, which, depending on the mood of my hair, (yes, hair has moods!) will take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour. Okay, sometimes I have really dreadful “bad hair days”. Besides, my hair is long! Past waist length! I think I’ve enough excuses now. After doing my hair, I put on my makeup (15-20 minutes) and so on. Then I have to run up the stairs, clean the kitchen and get breakfast. All this takes time! If I’ve had a really late morning, after I’m done cleaning the kitchen, I’m so ready to get on school!

Unfortunately, my little brother is ALWAYS ravenous. If he ate an entire horse for breakfast he would still be hungry. (One time he ate NINE pancakes for breakfast.) I’m the light breakfast eater. I would probably skip breakfast if it wasn’t for him. Even some days I go for a cup of tea and a piece of toast. But, back to Junior. Because he’s ALWAYS starving for breakfast, I have to make him something rather heavy, but still very healthy. He loves oatmeal, so this is how I came up with this recipe. Many mornings I’ll make a nice big pot of oatmeal, serve him 3/4 of it, and then take my ¼ portion downstairs to do school. Then, after two minutes, he’ll come downstairs and say, “Aria, I’m still hungry!”. At that point I’m already on school and so, normally I’ll tell him to eat a fig bar or a bowl of cereal. I realize that those aren’t the healthiest, so I need to make him bigger breakfasts.

Last night I decided to make a nice big bowl of overnight oatmeal. Basically enough for ten not-very-big-breakfast-eater-people. Of course, junior ate five servings. Hey, what do you expect? But anyway, since it turned out good, I thought I’d post it on here. Yes, you just read two paragraphs of my rambling. Sorry. If you know me in real life you probably know this is the way I talk all the time. On and on. Oh, I’m also good at non-verbal communication too. My violin teacher would tell you that I make way too many faces. Hey, it’s a talent!

Wait a minute. I was supposed to post this recipe. Whoops! Looks like I rambled too much.        TO THE RECIPE!

Overnight Apple-Cranberry Oatmeal

2 cups rolled oats

2 cups milk

¾ cup vanilla yogurt (Not yougert, yogert, or yougurt.)

½ cup dried cranberries

¼ cup chia seeds

1 shredded apple

I think that’s it.

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and let it sit in the fridge overnight. In the morning, stir. Then consume. Serves about four very hungry people or eight not-so-hungry people. Really does depend on the appetites.

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