“You don’t know what you got ’til it’s gone…”
Remember that song “Big Yellow Taxi” by the Counting Crows?! Well, the phrase above is from that song and it has been coming to my mind a lot lately.
Before I get to how amazing this overnight oats recipe is, I want to share something a little more personal with you all.
A few years back I was blessed with the opportunity to get 3D Lasik Eye Surgery. It was the most amazing thing to wake up with clear vision and not have to worry about contacts, solution, glasses, etc…especially with all the travel I did for my old job. But a few months after I had the procedure done, I started noticing that my eyes would occasionally go blurry. Thankfully, it was only when my eyes were really dry or tired and soon the blurriness went away.
However, since moving to NYC last summer, my eyes have started getting blurry again. I didn’t mention anything to Brett about it at first, hoping it was just due to dryness or tiredness like the last time, but they continued to get worse and I started getting scared. It’s amazing the thoughts that go through your mind when something is out of your control. What if I go blind? What if Brett has to do everything for me? What if our plans to move overseas get cancelled because I can’t see or do anything?
Pretty extreme thoughts, aren’t they? Once I realized my thoughts were heading in an unhealthy direction I told Brett about the blurriness I was experiencing. I also shared the thoughts I was having. It’s amazing how sharing what’s going on inside our heads with someone else brings peace and clarity! Brett and I were able to pray about it and he reassured me that everything would be alright.
I was able to get a hold of my eye surgeon and they suggested some remedies for me to try before more extreme procedures are considered. Every night before bed I’m supposed to place a sock full of rice in the microwave, heat it up, and then place the sock on my eyes to steam them. They also recommended some omega oil pills for me to take.
After 8 weeks of following these suggestions, we’ll reassess the condition of my eyes.
In the meantime, I’m going to be grateful for the eyesight that I do have. In a way, I’m thankful for the blurriness I’ve experienced lately, because it’s made me more aware of how amazing sight is! I had forgotten how many colors, textures, and sights I take in each and every day. I had forgotten that my eyes allow me to cook, exercise, read, watch shows, and interact with people in a more personal way. Our eyes are truly wonderful things!
So instead of waiting for something to be gone before I’m grateful for it, I’m going to try to appreciate the little (and big!) things I have right now!
I’m also going to drool over how amazing these Healthy Cookie Dough Overnight Oats look!
How To Make Overnight Oats:
Overnight oats are so simple to make, they just take a little bit of planning as you have to prepare them the night before in order for them to sit in the fridge overnight. There a lots of different overnight oat variations, but the main concept is that oats aren’t cooked in a microwave or in a pan on the stovetop, but instead oats and chia seeds are mixed with milk, water, yogurt–or a combination of these ingredients–and left in the fridge overnight to soak. The result are cold, creamy oats that are ready for you in the morning and can be taken on the go and topped with whatever you want! When you prepare the oats the night before you can also determine what flavor you want your overnight oats to be by adding different spices, purees, fresh and dried fruits, nut butters and other add-ins like nuts, seeds, cacao nibs and chocolate chips! For vegan overnight oats, I like to soak my oats in plant milk for a richer, creamier consistency. If you have access to non-dairy yogurt, that is also a wonderful ingredient to use! One last thing I often add to my overnight oats is shredded zucchini, like I share in this Vanilla Protein Powder Overnight Oats with Zucchini Recipe. The shredded zucchini adds volume and micronutrients, without any veggie aftertaste!
I’m seriously in love with this recipe! It’s simple to prepare, perfectly sweet, and full of texture. I’ve always been a lover of sweet breakfasts, but I’d rather not eat pancakes drenched in maple syrup everyday. This overnight oats recipe is the perfect balance between sweet and healthy. The oats and chia seeds supply protein and fiber. The cashew butter makes everything rich and creamy. The cacao nibs give crunch and added nutrients and the maple syrup provides just the right amount of sweetness! This Healthy Cookie Dough Overnight Oats recipe really does make you want to get out of bed in the morning! Plus, it takes just five minutes to prepare the night before and your breakfast is all ready for you when you wake up. Take it to go or eat it in the comfort of your own home.
If you like this Healthy Cookie Dough Overnight Oats recipe, then be sure to check out this post: 10 Vegan Overnight Oats Recipes!
I hope you guys enjoy this recipe!! Be sure to leave a comment down below and rate the recipe! Also, what are you thankful for today?
- In a mason jar or bowl, mix together the oats, chia seeds, cashew butter, milk and maple syrup until well combined.
- Place in the fridge for at least 2 hours or overnight.
- Before eating, stir in the cacao nibs or other optional add-ins.
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