Baby Food and Oats – What’s up with that?

For those who may be loyal followers to my Instagram (THANK YOU) you may notice that whenever I post about my creamy, sweet bowl of overnight oats, a lot of times, I’ll casually throw in that fact that I use baby food. Now some of you may be wondering, what could she POSSIBLY be using baby food for and WHY would someone WANT to use baby food? Well, believe it or not, baby food actually has a lot of other uses in the kitchen aside from feeding, well, babies.
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Now, I obviously don’t know much about baby food, and I hope to not know much about it for a LONG time!! However, from what I’ve found, is that most of the “organic” jars contain simple, simple ingredients. If the jar says “organic sweet potato”, its ingredients quite simply contain: sweet potato and water. If the jar says “apples, berries, and spinach”…then you guessed it, it’s quite simply those ingredients + water. THIS is why I LOVE using baby food. It adds a flavor AND the perfect oatmeal consistency to ANY batch. It’s just as if you were to add the adult version of apple sauce or pumpkin out of a can. Yet, baby food is that much better because there’s a large variety of flavors, you know there aren’t any suspicious ingredients (since babies get the best of the best!) and they come in the perfect size for a jar of oatmeal (about 45-60 cals per jar).
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Trust me, purchasing a few jars of baby food at the grocery store, is 100% worth the looks I get from all of the moms assuming I’m a 23 year old with a bebe to feed back home…haha! See below for a simple Overnight Oats in a Jar recipe – remember this can switched up HOWEVER you’d like!

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup of oats
  • 1 cup of Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 1 small jar of organic sweet potato baby food (OR any other flavor of your choice!)
  • 1 TBSP of sliced almonds
  • 1 TBSP of Goji Berries
  • 1 sliced banana
  • A Few hefty shakes of Cinnamon (I personally love a lot in my oats since it adds a healthy sweetener to the batch!)
  • 1-2 TBSP of Chia Seeds or Flax Seeds

Optional Ingredients:

  • PB2 Powder (1-2 TBSP)
  • Almond Butter
  • 1 Scoop of Chocolate Protein Powder
  • Chocolate or Vanilla Stevia to taste
  • Fresh blueberries or strawberries to top it off
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Other nut variations (walnuts, pecans, cashews – all taste great!)

In a jar or small container, add all of your ingredients. Make sure to firmly close the lid and place into the fridge to let sit overnight. The next morning, take your oats to go and put them into a microwave safe dish (or if your container is microwave safe, just leave it) and toss into the micro for 2 minutes. Usually 2 minutes does the job for me; just be sure to keep an eye on it so that is does not bubble over. Give it a good stir after 2 minutes and if it still needs some time, put it in for another 30 seconds. Enjoy!!

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