As an avid reader of food blogs I’ve seen a trend over the last year or so. Overnight oats recipes frequently popped up on my radar and what endless possibilities! The top 5 overnight oats with bananas, the top overnight oats for a protein boost, overnight oats for flawless skin! You know what I’m talking about. At first, I didn’t get it. I didn’t get the overnight part. I mean oatmeal can take all of 10 minutes to make. It was a head scratcher for me but for some reason I couldn’t stop pinning those darn recipes!

Intrigued and exacerbated from pinning gorgeous pictures of oatmeal, I went for it and made a peanut butter banana version. The next morning, I quickly got the hype. It’s fast, and delicious and breakfast is waiting for you and your family in the morning. And everything tastes more delicious in mason jars.

But this isn’t another recipe for overnight oats, because my family eats hot oatmeal every single morning. It’s part of our family routine that keeps us balanced and sane. It’s just expected, like how the sun rises in the morning and therefore oatmeal is made. That’s just how it works around here.

This past weekend when I was on breakfast duty I decided to dress up our normal oatmeal routine. Inspired by overnight oats recipes, I simply added a dollop of peanut butter, honey, cinnamon and toasted walnuts to steel cut oats. These simple additions elevated our normal breakfast into something special. Needless to say, my three year old was smitten at peanut butter and gobbled it up.

Here’s a lovely recipe with some additional spices to make it a deliciously warm and comforting morning meal. Enjoy!

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