Sometimes I look at things headed for the recycle bin and think, “I feel like I could definitely use this for something else one day…” Then, I put it somewhere and keep seeing it sitting there, waiting for it’s reuse destiny. Often it never finds its purpose and just ends up sitting wherever I’ve put it, sad and alone, until Jeff convinces me to toss it out!
I think of this as my slight hoarding tendency. Like, REALLY slight, y’all… Slight enough to be a little zany, but also a little endearing because I’m trying to see the good in the garbage? Whatever. Sometimes it works out in a BIG way.
This one time, I had saved an empty ketchup bottle forever and them BAM! someone at work needed it for a pancake batter life hack. I was the hero, the thing found it’s second life and I got to tell Jeff with smug satisfaction that my hoarding finally paid off.
This is kind of like that. You have this basically empty peanut butter jar that has delicious goodness still left in the bottom around the edges. It’s doomed for dumping, right?
Enter these overnight oats. Perfection! If the timing’s not right and you find yourself with a full jar of PB, just use a mason jar and add a dollop of the stuff to your oats.
empty peanut butter jar, not scraped clean or rinsed
3/4 cup rolled oats
1 to 1.5 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or regular is fine!)
1 heaping tablespoon chia seeds
2 dashes cinnamon
1 teaspoon real maple syrup
The night before you want the oats, mix all ingredients in the empty peanut butter jar. The milk should cover the oats – remember most of it will be soaked up! Shake to combine, then let sit in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, add more milk/cinnamon/maple syrup as needed. Eat your delicious overnight oats and feel good about contributing to at least one of the three Rs.