To make this oatmeal vegetarian, use nut milk, and to make it vegan use nut milk and maple syrup.
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1 tablespoon each: chia seeds, natural peanut or other nut butter, maple syrup or honey,
3/4 cup milk—nut or dairy, your choice, plus extra for drizzling.
Topping suggestions (see below)
Pour oats in a pint-size (2-cup) jar. Add chia seeds, peanut butter, and maple syrup. Pour in milk of choice and stir gently to soak the oats. Screw on lid and refrigerate overnight.
Your oatmeal is now ready to serve as a cold or hot cereal. To heat the oatmeal, remove the lid and microwave on high power for 1 minute. Stir so that oatmeal heats evenly and then microwave on high power for 1 minute longer. Top with extra milk and if you like, dried or seasonal fresh fruit, toasted nuts, and/or a sprinkling of cinnamon. (See below for topping suggestions)
Oatmeal Topping Suggestions:
Fresh berries, grated or finely diced apple, sliced bananas, diced peaches, mangos, or pears
Dried fruits like raisins, cranberries, or blueberries, diced prunes or apricots
Toasted chopped nuts like pecans, walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, pistachios