A taste of happy hour in the morning with coffee and mint combined into a no-bake overnight oatmeal.
Back to school season is right around the corner—maybe it’s already hit your household—and morning are about to get a little crazier. In an effort to try calm the morning routine (if that’s even possible) how about something to eat? A quick breakfast that can be enjoyed at home or made portable. Eating a healthy breakfast helps with brain function, attention, concentration and memory throughout the day. It also helps control overeating later on in the day and can prevent you from getting hangry, reducing irritability and tiredness in the morning. Sounds good to me.
Visiting the San Francisco Bay Area, I’ll likely end up stopping at Philz Coffee to grab a drink. They have their own custom coffee blends and brew each cup to order. My favorite menu item is the Mint Mojito Iced Coffee, made with fresh mint leaves. Since their drinks are prepared right in front of the customers, you can watch as the baristas mix in the milk/cream. Even though this rich coffee drink is a treat to have on occasion, I enjoy watching them prepare my order —trying to take away a few tips to recreating this drink at home.
This months Recipe Redux theme calls for vacation inspired dishes. I decided to add a healthier spin to this drink turning it into another breakfast item, oatmeal. Transforming these flavors into the popular overnight oats in this Coffee Mojito Overnight Oatmeal recipe. Overnight oatmeal, or oats for short, is a no-bake oatmeal that you prepare the night before. All of the ingredients are combined ahead of time and allowed to sit in the refrigerator overnight to absorb. Then in the morning they are ready to eat. With no need to cook or bake this oatmeal, it makes for a quick and easily portable breakfast option. Perfect for the busy weekday mornings.
Also, if you are in the area, I highly recommend you find a Philz location to try your own drink or grab a pound of coffee to enjoy once your home. You can try making your own mint mojito drink or turn it into this overnight oatmeal recipe.
Coffee Mojito Overnight Oatmeal
- ½ cup rolled oats
- 2 teaspoons chia seeds
- pinch salt
- 2 teaspoons chopped mint leaves (~6 large leaves)
- ⅓ cup milk
- ⅓ cup cold brewed coffee
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla bean paste or extract
- Add the dry ingredients and mint leaves into a mason jar or a sealed container.
- In a measuring cup, combine the remaining liquids. Add to the jar. Stir to combine or seal and shake.
- Refrigerate overnight and enjoy cold in the morning. Makes 1 serving.
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