October 02, 2015

Overnight oats are such a huge trend, but so far, I've stayed behind the times. I always remember in the morning after I was supposed to prepare the oats that I should have actually prepared the oats. Oops! Needless to say, my breakfasts are more last-minute whole-wheat toast and nut butter, less dutifully-prepared creamy, cold-soaked oats.

That is, until Kashi's new Overnight Museli bowls hit my desk. The new make-ahead breakfast option comes in three varieties: Cacao Nib, Almond, and Coconut; Cherry, Cinnamon, and Cardamom; and Sunflower and Pepita. To make, you simply fill the pre-packaged oat bowls to the fill line with cow's milk, an alternative milk, or even water. Let it sit overnight (I left the oats for 8 hours in my tests). The next morning, stir the oats, and enjoy.

For me, the convenience is a huge draw. I don't have to measure anything, except the milk, and it makes my late-night routine that much easier. The ingredients list gets a big thumbs up. It's very minimal whole oats, whole rye, whole barley, chia seeds, dried cane syrup, and seasonings for each flavor. Nutrition facts are great, too: One container has 220-240 calories with 8-9 grams of fiber, 7-8 grams of protein, and only 6-9g sugar.

But here's what we all came to find out: How do they taste? Quite good actually! I wasn't a fan of the Cacao Nib, Almond, and Coconut at all. The nibs were entirely too bitter for me, but folks who don't like sugar in the morning will likely appreciate this flavor combination. The Cherry, Cinnamon, and Cardamom gives me the warm fuzzies on these chilly fall mornings. I love the chunks of dried cherries! The Sunflower and Pepita isn't very sweet either. For an added boost of protein, I might stir in a spoonful of walnut butter and try heating it up. All in all, these Overnight Muesli Bowls are a great way to make sure you get a healthy, filling breakfast in the mornings without taking away time from your busy day.

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