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Overnight Cranberry Oats and Swanson 30-Day Healthier Holiday Giveaway!

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I am so thrilled to have been contacted by Swanson Health Products to be included in their 30-Day Healthier Holiday Giveaway!  AND I am so thrilled for one of YOU lucky reader-friends to enter for a chance to win $100 to Swanson Vitamins.com !

If you’ve followed me for a while, you may recall that I entered their recipe contest in 2011 and won for my Medjool Date and Walnut Bread !   Since that time I continue to love the quality of their products, the savings on so many of my favorite brands and the ease of ordering online and prompt shipping.

Check out my recent order!  In one quick, online  shopping trip, I’ve restocked my pantry just in time for all my holiday baking!  I’m very excited to try out the Vietnamese Cinnamon as it’s known to be the strongest, sweetest and richest cinnamons!   Sucanet , hiding in the back, will be my brown sugar replacement for my holiday cookies this year, plus Organic Coconut Sugar , Unsweetened Coconut and Coconut Oil.  Almond FlourAlmonds and those Cacao Nibs will find their way into a new biscotti recipe very soon!  Acai Powder to add to my smoothies and  Honey Lemon Creme for my tea.  Plus so much more!

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And these basic ingredients, wheat germflaxseed meal from Bob’s Red Mill and Chia Seeds are my staple ingredients in my overnight oats!

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So what do I do with those staple ingredients for my overnight oats?

Overnight Oats CranberryOvernight Oats are not a new thing but I realized when I received my recent shipment that I had never posted how I prepare my oats!  While I am a morning person, during the week I do not want to have to deal with preparing anything from scratch!!  I have my espresso ready to go and very often I will prepare overnight oats; which actually last me several days.  Basically the recipe is placing an equal amount of oatmeal and milk, or your liquid of choice, in a bowl and refrigerate overnight.  The next morning, your “oatmeal” is ready!  I never warm mine up, but others do by adding a bit more liquid in and heating.

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I like to add in extras with my oats.  In my glass jar,  to 1 cup of oatmeal, I add in 4 tablespoons each of Chia Seeds, flaxseed meal, wheat germ and 1 teaspoon of salt.  Depending on the season, dried cranberries and cinnamon were added as well.   Because of the chia seeds, flaxseed meal and wheat germ, I add in another 1/2 cup of liquid (I use non fat milk) to the normal 1 cup milk per 1 cup of oatmeal.  In the morning,  I serve up a portion and will top my overnight oats again with whatever thrills me…this time it was cranberry sauce (a healthy version), yogurt, granola and a drizzle of maple syrup!!  It’s like having dessert for breakfast!!

 

I love being in the kitchen. Early mornings, soft music, a hot espresso. Easing into the preparation of delicious meals. Glancing through cookbooks, gathering inspiration and planning my day. I look forward to the cycles of the seasons, the pleasures of tasting and savoring and sharing this with those dear to me. Weekends are special to me as my week days are often rushed, but still I create the ambiance, light the candles, set the table and uncork the wine.

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