Monday, July 6, 2015

Make it Monday: Strawberry Shortcake Overnight Oats


Since it's Bachelorette season, we haven't been doing Try it Tuesday (and it's summer, so frankly, we've been like F it! and not really making a lot of new recipes). But we'll be featuring some recipes here and there over the summer until The Bachelorette/Bachelor in Paradise are over.

So ... a lot of our friends are obsessed with overnight oats. After hearing them talk about this phenomenon for months, I figured I'd finally try it for myself. I saw an article on Buzzfeed talking about overnight oat recipes and the strawberry shortcake one from My Fussy Eater popped out at me. Seemed easy enough!

Ingredients:

12 strawberries
2 cups of oats (I just used regular Quaker oats)
1.5 cups milk
Half cup of plain Greek yogurt
1 TBSP strawberry jam (I added more later for taste)
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Steps:

  1. Chop the strawberries into tiny pieces and place them in a large bowl.
  2. Mix in all of the ingredients. Stir it up, then divide into smaller bowls if you want (I used mason jar mugs).
  3. Cover the containers and place them in the fridge for at least an hour before eating, ideally overnight.



I didn't realize that preparing the oats would take as long as it did, since you had to chop up 12 strawberries into little pieces, which took a while. I was expecting to just pour everything in a bowl and shove it in the fridge. And as I might have mentioned in a prior post, I HATE meal prep. I never make anything that's more complicated than throwing a few ingredients in a pan/crockpot or whatever. Ain't nobody got time (or the desire) for that in this house.

So I chopped, and poured the oats in a bowl, but the bowl I used wasn't large enough, and the milk, yogurt and everything else threatened to spill over the sides. Otherwise, it wasn't too complicated but my kitchen looked like a tornado blew through afterward, and at 11 p.m. having to deal with cleaning lumps of oats/milk/yogurt off the counters wasn't exactly thrilling.

I poured the finished product in two mason jar mugs and covered with plastic wrap, then put them in the fridge overnight. When I woke up the next morning I was pretty excited to try them and to have breakfast all ready. But to be honest...I didn't love the overnight oats.


The verdict: F-it!

Maybe I'm the only thirty-something woman in America who isn't obsessed with overnight oats, but I thought the texture was gross and there just wasn't enough flavor for me. The recipe promised it tasted like strawberry ice cream, but I'd love to know what brand of ice cream that is so I can avoid it. I thought maybe I could add more of the strawberry jam for some more flavor, and that did help a bit. But to me, this was just a semi-strawberry-flavored mush. It kind of reminded me of vomit (sorry, but that's all I could think about when I looked at it). I managed to eat about half of a jar and then threw it away, and my son took one bite and spit it back in the jar.

Maybe I tried the wrong recipe? I don't know. I would consider making a different kind of overnight oats, but I have a feeling the texture would be the problem again. I'll just stick with pouring cereal into a bowl for now!


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