A Breakfast Carol

December 10th, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Breakfast

Today felt like an overnight oats kind of morning. Except I didn’t make overnight oats last night. Good thing “Overnight Oats” is just a trick of a name and it could more accurately be called “Just a Few Hours Oats”.

Into a bowl at 6 AM: 1/2 a mashed banana, 1/2 c of rolled oats, 1 Tbsp of almond butter, 1 Tbsp ground flax, a tsp of unsweetened cocoa powder and 1/2 c of chocolate almond milk.

Oat Prep Bowl

And a single chocolate chip because I’m rowdy like that.

1 Chocolate Chip

I knocked the chocolate chips out of the cupboard when I was reaching for the cocoa powder and got the bright idea that it would be fun to discover a chocolate chip in the middle of breakfast.

Don’t ask me, it was 6 o’clock in the morning. I can’t tell you what Alison of Breakfast Past was thinking.

But oh no, the fun didn’t stop with my breakfast. I let a single chocolate chip frolic among the raisins of Zak’s Just a Few Hours oats.

For Zak

The Man got a heaping 1/2 c of rolled oats, a tbsp or so of agave nectar, ground flax seed, cinnamon, raisins and 1 chocolate chip.

1 Sneaky Chip

“Where’s Waldo”, chocolate chip style.

OK! Breakfast underway, it’s now time to move on to the exercise portion of the day. (And apparently the rhyming portion of the day too.) We got a few inches of snow last night and the roads are totally filled with snow and ice. Running outside in the dark and snow? No dice.

But do I really want to change into running gear and leave the warmth of my home to just to schlep myself out into this cold and dark morning to be a rat on the wheel for a half hour?

Wouldn’t it be nice to stay home in a quiet, dark living room cozily lit by the lights on the tree and do yoga in my pajamas instead?

Dark Cold and Snowy

Mmmm, holiday lights pajama yoga. That sounds so nice.

I eventually decided to brave the cold and make my way to the gym. Considering I didn’t get good and sweaty yesterday I reasoned I should tie my sneakers on today. I knew I wouldn’t come home wishing I hadn’t gone.

So off I schlepped, into the darkness and snow and cold to pound out 5 miles in 40 minutes on the treadmill with my buddies Jason DeRulo and Chris Brown. Hmmm, maybe I shouldn’t be calling Chris Brown my buddy. But if that’s the worst thing I say today then I guess I’m going to let it slide.

My Just a Few Hours Oats were ready and waiting for Alison of Breakfast Present with open (stick) arms!

Oats in a Mug

Topped with the other half of the banana.


Just as I predicted, my oats had softened up perfectly by about 9 AM. You can’t fool me, overnight oats! I found my chocolate chip toward the end of my bowl. Unfortunately I have to admit that this was not nearly as exciting nor fun as I had predicted it would be at 6 AM. Maybe Alison of Breakfast Future will come up with something a little more exciting for next time.

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15 Responses

  • Cindy says:

    You’re a riot…did ya know?

    I would have skipped the jog/gym and made a SNOWMAN

    but we get a microgram of snow a decade!

    Once it snowed a few years ago and me n Kyle made a snowball…we kept it~

    that’s how novel snow is around here!

    I haven’t had oatmeal in a while…I should make some.


  • Mama Pea says:

    Did Zak go all Chris Brown on you when he found only 1 chocolate chip?

  • Fallon says:

    haha cute!!
    Hey are you still counting your calories? I noticed I haven’t seen any numbers lately. I tried to get back into the swing of things as well with counting calories after reading your posts, but it hard with the holidays, eating out and eating sweets! It only happens once a year is how I see it!

    • Alison says:

      Hey Fallon, I just updated the Last 10 Pounds page today – I’m not sure what I’m going to do about calorie counting – life is so hectic right now I think I might have to it a rest for a few weeks here until we are moved in and the holidays are over. A month of calorie counting was a good refresher in how extra calories sneak in. I’m sort of curious if I can continue to lose weight slowly without scrutinizing my diet so closely. I’ll probably still count a couple days a week, but not religiously like I did for the month of November. I’ll keep that page updated with my progress too.

  • Brad would like that single chocolate chip garnish a la his single almond garnish of his guest post of Sept 09 . . .

  • Erica says:

    ha! I’m totally making wears waldo overnight oats for Josh tomorrow- he’ll lurve it…..Now should I tell him about Waldo or NOT…that is the question :) Glad you made it to the gym. I think its ok to be friends with Chris Brown…now bf gf…whole other saga. Have a good afternoooooon

  • Julie says:

    “Chris Brown is nobody’s friend. If Chris Brown were an ice cream flavor, he’d be pralines and dcik.” Waynes World. It’s a classic.

    I love the reflection of the pretty lights in the wondow :) Looks like you folk’s got some snow! Did you get a lot??

  • Katie says:

    Pretty tree and oats!

    New post tonight – music downloads, fitness, foods & giveaways



  • you’re right – they don’t have to sit overnight but i’ve been tricked by the name into thinking they do.

  • Great post, haha! The Lone Ranger Chip and the Chris Brown action. I would have dumped about 1/4 c of choc chips per 1/4 c dry oats :) That’s how I like things though…anyway lady we’re off on the red eye so apologies in advance if my commenting pace the next few weeks is not on par with my every post pace. You know I’m reading and loving, just maybe not typing out all my mental chatter right back at ya!


  • Mmm…Christmas lights yoga? Sign me up! That sounds lovely. I’m totally doing that next time a major snow storm rolls around. 😀 Good job on the 40min. 5-miler! 😀

  • Holly says:

    i hate to admit it because of the whole ya know – physical violence thang – but i heart chris brown’s music. its the perfect thing to work out to. and i applaud you for heading to the gym mama, i fo sho would have been yoga-ing it up.

    love ya!

  • Paula says:

    I love the one chocolate chip idea. What a special bite that will be.