Mocha Overnight Oats

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Last night I fell asleep on the couch before 8 pm.  I. Was. TIRED.  To top that, I even snuck a quick 20 minute nap in my car at about 12:30 pm.  I drive my daughter to her afternoon program everyday and she naps in the car on the way.  She always naps longer then it takes us to drive in, so I leave with enough time to allow for that.  That means most days I have about 30-45 minutes to myself while sitting in the parking lot while she finishes her nap before we head in.  Yesterday, I reclined my seat, put my feet up and took about a 20 minute nap with her in the parking lot.  Seriously, I was dragging yesterday (as I mentioned in my post about my Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie, I was just off).

Luckily for me, I had prepped my coffee-infused breakfast at about 11 am yesterday and shoved in the fridge for this morning.  I was super excited to assemble it for my breakfast today.  When I say assemble it, I had it separated into 3 parts that mixed together this morning, more about that below in the directions…

I am excited to share this recipe with the blog-universe.  I think this combination turned out well.  Mocha breakfast you can prep the night before.  Tasty and delicious and relatively healthy.  Winning!

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Mocha Overnight Oats:
1/2 cup instant oatmeal (use GF oats if needed)
3/4 cup liquid (I did 1/2 vanilla almond milk, 1/2 coffee)
1-2 T. chocolate syrup (Hershey’s)
1 T. buckwheat groats
(I use these: Bob’s Red Mill, Organic Whole Grain Buckwheat Groats, they are GF)
1 tsp. chia seeds
2 T. coffee
Chocolate chips

Directions, Prep:
1.  Mix the oatmeal, milk, coffee, and chocolate syrup in a mason jar or another container with a lid.  Put in the fridge. (I used 1 Tablespoon chocolate syrup.  If you like your Mocha super chocolatey, go up to 2 T.)
2. Take your buckwheat groats and cover with water in a small container that has a lid.  Place in your fridge overnight.
3. Mix your coffee and chia seeds in another container.  Place in fridge overnight.

Directions, Eat:
1. Strain liquid off buckwheat groats.  Rinse.  (The buckwheat groats get a little slimy sitting in the water).
2. Mix buckwheat with your oats/milk/coffee/chocolate syrup mixture.  This adds a little “crunch” to your oats and they can be omitted if you don’t want to purchase them.
3. Spoon your coffee-infused chia see gel on top.  Add a handful of chocolate chips on top.

ENJOY!  Either eat in the layers or stir all ingredients together (like shown below).

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All mixed together!  If you really wanted to get fancy, you could add another swirl of chocolate syrup on top or even some whipped cream.  (Ssshhh, I won’t tell anyone if you do!)

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