Disclaimer: I was provided the nut butter in exchange for creating these recipes. Thank you to Nut Butter Nation for making this ‘Overnight Oatmeal’ bowl series possible! I LOVE your nut butter, and I am thankful for the opportunity to share it.
Making Pinterest graphics is hard y’all. If you want to follow my ‘sweet tooth’ on Pinterest, here’s my account! First let’s talk about oats with Amanda on ‘Thinking Out Loud Thursday.’
This ‘Cinnamon Sugar’ overnight oats recipe is part of a ‘high calorie’ overnight oats series I’ve been doing with Nut Butter Nation. This has been one my first simple recipe series that I’ve done on the blog, and it’s been a good lesson in making Pinterest graphics that actually look appealing.
Yet, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, and that includes doing Pinterest graphics.
If you haven’t checked out the other ones in the series and you have an affinity for chocolate like me, you can find them here:
Nut Butter Nation has this other really yummy nut butter called ‘Brown Sugar Cinnamon.’ You can actually taste the little crystals of brown sugar which totally makes me think of the brown sugar butter mixture that is the base of most, if not all, DELICIOUS cookies.
Confession: This recipe totally was developed in about… um… 5 minutes? Last night I was writing this blog post, and I thought, ‘Oh no, I need to do an overnight oats recipe.’
I put this cinnamon sugar oatmeal bowl together in a bit of a sleepy haze. You can also read that as, ‘worst recipe developer ever.’
I woke up this morning, and I praise God that it was actually super delicious. It also kept me full for HOURS afterwards, which is usually unheard of for a bowl of oatmeal.
I’m not going to make it long and wordy, so here is the cinnamon sugar deliciousness.
- 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder (any kind)
- 1 tbsp. Nut Butter Nation Brown Sugar Cinnamon Peanut Butter
- 1/3 cup oatmeal
- 1/2-3/4 cup whole milk (regular or almond or coconut)
- 2 tbsp of vanilla yogurt (so I won't be afraid of sugar in my yogurt). You can use plain too!
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/8 cup raisins
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- 1/2 tbsp. Nut Butter Nation Brown Cinnamon Sugar Peanut Butter
- 2 tbsp. nuts of your choice
- 3 tbsp. raisins 🙂
- Mix oats, peanut butter, milk, yogurt, cinnamon, and raisins into a bowl of your choice. Cover and leave in the refrigerator overnight.
- In the morning top it with the nut butter, raisins, and nuts! 🙂
There you have it in all it’s simplicity.
Ok, let’s do a little life talk…
Right now I’m really content. I’m thanking the Lord that I’m learning what Paul said in Philippians 4: 11-13, ‘Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christb] who strengthens me.’
I can testify to way too many years of always wanting to do the next thing and being worried about the future.
But why would I worry about the future? Jesus exhorted in the sermon on the mount to ‘take no thought for the morrow, for the morrow will take care of the things of itself.’
Life isn’t about worrying about the future. It’s about taking up my cross and following Jesus. It’s not always pretty, circumstantially speaking, but I’m thankful that Jesus Christ is the captain of my salvation the whole way.
Since this is ‘Thinking Out Loud’ Thursday I figured that it would be okay to share a bit of a random thought dump.
Random Thought Dump #2: – I did my very first blogger collaboration on Tuesday in a series called ‘Take Care of Your Temple Tuesday.‘ I also got to talk and plan and dream with my blogger friend Alyssa on Monday night, which was an amazing blessing.
Sisters in the Lord are SUCH a treasure. I love seeing Lyss’s gifts blossom everyday, and it’s an added joy to be able to do this project with her. The different gifts in the body of Christ always humble and amaze me.
Romans 12:4-5, ‘For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.’
Random Thought #3 – I guess I would also call this a ‘recipe teaser.’ Stay tuned for my version of a ‘grilled cream cheese peanut butter marshmallow sandwich.’
I’m still thinking up the right title for that one. 🙂
I’ve been thinking about these verses from 1 John 3 lately. 1 John 3:19-23, ‘This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.
Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him. And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.’
Sometimes I over-think the gospel. My friend Ellie reminded me of that last night. I get micro-focused on little things, and I forget the big picture. The gospel is simple. While I was a sinner, Christ died for the lost, the sinners. God sent His Son, so that His Son could take the condemnation I deserved.
Now I have confidence before God because of Jesus Christ, and His love replaces worry or anxiety. I don’t need to ‘think myself’ into being a good person, because He is working in me. I am confident that He will complete that work in me, even if I’m quite the project along the way.
If I feel condemned now, God is greater than my heart, because Jesus took that condemnation I so richly deserved. So now, I can live my life for Him. I won’t be perfect, but He is my perfect Savior and example.
Tonight I’m thankful for the simplicity of the gospel and the fullness of forgiveness.
Are you an over-thinker?
Do you like hot oatmeal, granola, or overnight oats or do you eat different kinds at different parts of the year?
Do you ever lose sight of the big picture?