5 things I love:
1. Coffee dates-the prefect excuse to visit a new coffee shop and catch up with friends/the husband
3. Dates-the fruit, not dates with people to clarify (unless it's with the husband, you can never have enough of those kind of dates)
4. Peanut Butter + Chocolate-the most heavenly combo
5. Oats-in the any form...oatmeal, cookies, bars
So I thought why not combine my loves in one delicious breakfast! I also love breakfast, but 6 things I love doesn't sound quite as good as 5.
One of my fav wedding gifts-this wood marble platter! Crate and Barrel, love.
Larabar's are great for a snack, dessert, or an addition to oats/smoothie bowls. I don't think I've had a flavor I don't like. And they only have ~5 ingredients! Dates, nuts, and depending on the flavor other dried fruits/spices. Josh just bought a big box on Amazon, but you can find them at most local grocery stores in the organic/health foods section.
Larabar's contain heart-healthy fats, a decent amount of protein, and fiber.
Just a tidbit on these heart-healthy fats: polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats.
1. They support absorption of key nutrients (fat soluble vitamins), help reduce blood cholesterol, and provide essential amino acids (omega-3 and omega 6).
2. Some examples include: oils-olive, canola, peanut; nuts/seeds-walnuts, almonds, flaxseeds; fatty fish-salmon, tuna, trout; avocado, and peanut butter.
These oats + this mug + Frank= the PERFECT COFFEE DATE.
This mug is from Society6. They have the cutest things and gifts perfect for every occasion! So many pug mugs I want. They have other animal mugs as well if pugs aren't your thing.
Frank needs a coffee date too, but he would prefer his on the couch, in a blanket. ***This picture is not posed-he popped up out of the blanket like that. Promise!
Prep the night before OR double the recipe to have breakfast for the week!
NOTE: I used the "dirt water" as Josh calls it a.k.a the bottom of the coffee in the pot for this recipe. It sat most of the day and was obviously cooled. I suggest using the "dirt water" or using fresh coffee that is cooled.
Coffee Date Oats
Creation time: 5-10 mins
- 1 cup oats (I used a combo of old-fashioned and quick-cooking)
- 6 dates (chopped)
- 1 Vanilla Chobani Simply 100 Greek yogurt (any vanilla greek yogurt will work)
- 1/4 cup leftover coffee, cooled (the "dirt water")
- 3/4 cup milk (adjust based on thickness preferred)
- 1 Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Larabar
- 1 banana (sliced)
- Additions optional: peanut butter, chia seeds
- Set aside two containers that hold 2 cups or more.
- In medium size bowl mix oats, chopped dates, yogurt, coffee, and milk. I used almond "milk," but any non-dairy beverage or cow's milk will work.
- Cut the Larabar into 8-12 pieces.
- Divide mix between containers and top with sliced banana and larabar pieces.
- Refrigerate overnight. Add additional toppings before serving.
Serve with warm coffee!
Note: If you're not into coffee-leave it out (although the coffee flavor isn't very strong). If you want a stronger coffee flavor play with the ratio of coffee to milk-1/2 cup coffee with 1/2 cup milk. If you're not into peanut butter chocolate chip larabar's, swap for another flavor you prefer like Cashew Cookie or Cherry Pie. Like I said, all the flavors are delish!