Overnight Oats

1/2 large ripe banana, mashed
1 Tbsp. ground flaxseed meal
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup uncooked rolled oats
1/2 cup water
1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract  (optional)
1/2 apple, chopped
12 grapes, halved or 1/2 navel orange, chopped
          or 1/2 grapefruit, chopped (seasonal choice)
1/2 cup berries (fresh or frozen) : blueberries, cranberries,
          strawberries, raspberries, blackberries,
          mixed berry blend, etc.

In a small bowl (or pint jar with lid for "grab and go!"), mash
the banana until almost smooth. Stir in flaxseed meal and
cinnamon until combined.

Stir in the oats, water, and vanilla (if using).

Top with fruit now or put it on in the morning.

Cover and refrigerate overnight, or a minimum of 2 hours.

In the morning, stir the oat mixture to combine. Let sit on the
counter for 1/2 hour or so to take the chill off or eat straight
from the refrigerator. If you want to warm them up you can do so
in the microwave or on the stove.

Makes 1 serving.

NOTE: A 10-oz. bag of frozen berries can be used for four bowls
of oats.

To add more protein and fiber, mash 1/4 cup of garbanzo beans,
cannelini beans, or pinto beans with the banana in the first
step of the recipe above. It will add a creaminess that blends
right into the oatmeal.