Hello! I haven't popped on here all month. Which at first didn't feel like that long... but when I looked at my calendar, I couldn't believe it's pretty much the middle of July! How does time fly so fast?
As soon as July hit, I would think back to last year at this time when I was huge, pregnant and sweating because it was so hot ALL. THE. TIME. Then, I look to today, and I have an 11-month old and I hate to admit, but I kind of forget what it was even like to be pregnant. I can't explain it. Moms out there, do you know what I mean? It's almost like it never happened. I forget what it felt like. I guess that can be a good thing? But then I'll miss it. I'm not sure. But anywho... on to today's post!
I'm using my favorite coffee creamer in this overnight oat recipe. It's this Vital Proteins coconut collagen creamer. I know what you're thinking: "A powdered creamer? Is it good?" And you know what? I'm all about this stuff! There are days when I don't have homemade nut milk in the fridge (which these days, is MOST days), or I don't have a store-bought non-dairy milk on hand. So that means I don't have anything to spice up my black coffee. That's where this creamer comes in handy. I can use it in my coffee and it has my creamer (powdered coconut milk) and vital proteins (collagen protein) all in one! Life seems easier this way. I froth it up and I'm done. This is also great for traveling!
My last post about Vital Proteins was all about my morning workout routine 5 months post-baby. Now I'm 11 months post-baby and to be honest, my workouts have decreased in number. But increased in intensity, I suppose. I'm still doing #BBG three times a week in my living room and then I run on Saturdays and/or Sundays. That is basically it. Over this year, I've realized that I don't need to slave hours in the gym, but I can condense a workout into 30 minutes and get the same, if not better, results (and still feel that I worked out). My cardio-crazy old self would be amazed at my current self. Plus, have you tried BBG? It's like, REALLY. HARD.
Okay back to these oats....
Here, like I said, I'm using the collagen creamer in overnight oats. Because I mean, why not? It gives the oats a punch of protein and an extra creaminess with the powdered coconut milk. A serving is two scoops, but I already add 1 scoop to my morning coffee, so I just add 1 scoop to these oats. I mix it up the night before, store it in my fridge, and then it's ready in the morning. So easy and kind of great in the summer when the weather has been SO. HOT.
I'll be enjoying these in the morning... after my workout!
Peanut Butter & Berry Overnight Oats
(makes 1 serving)
- 1/2 cup old fashioned, gluten-free rolled oats.
- 1 Tablespoon ground flaxseed or chia seeds
- 1 scoop Vital Proteins Coconut Collagen Creamer (or any other protein powder)
- 1/2 cup non-dairy milk of choice
- pinch of sea salt
- 1 Tablespoon all-natural peanut butter
- splash of vanilla extract
- 1/2 - 1 Tablespoon pure maple syrup
- handful of freeze-dried berries of choice (I use Raspberries or Strawberries)
- In a bowl, mix everything together except the freeze-dried berries until fully combined and mixed in. Stir in the freeze-dried berries.
- Store in the fridge overnight or at least 4 hours to thicken.
- Enjoy topped with additional peanut butter or berries, if desired.