Have you ever noticed just how much the sense of smell is linked to memory? Cinnamon and nutmeg take you right to Thanksgiving, pine transports you right to the day you put up your Christmas tree, and for me freshly mowed grass is Saturday morning in the summer. Sometimes in the winter when I need a little “mind vacation” I might or might not have been known to sniff sunscreen. Coppertone especially takes me way back to my teens, and Banana Boat just takes me any place warm. I know, I’m weird like that.
So the other day when I was inhaling my sunscreen and wishing I had a plane ticket to someplace warm, I thought why not make a vacation for my taste buds? I rarely eat pineappley – coconutty things in the winter – kind of like I don’t eat pumpkin spiced foods or chocolate-peppermint bark in the summer. Why is that? So I made this Pina Colada Overnight Oats, and just the smell of it made me feel like I was sitting around the pool at a fancy resort. OK that might be pushing it a bit, but it did smell and taste like maybe it wasn’t 12 degrees outside. Like maybe I could sit outside and eat it on the patio. In the sun.
I might have mentioned a few times that I love oats for their heart healthiness and their ability to lower cholesterol levels. I try to eat oatmeal almost every day. I usually don’t make overnight oats much in the winter – that’s a summer food for me because I prefer cold cereal in the summer, and I love that I can make a big bowl once a week, and breakfast is done. I’m not sure why I don’t do it more in the winter, because all l I have to do is scoop my portion into a bowl and heat it in the microwave. Summer taste, with the winter warmth. Perfect!
I always put lots of “stuff ” in my oats – fruit, nuts, milk and yogurt. Makes it full of flavor and a protein packed breakfast that holds me for hours.
- 2 cups old fashioned oats
- 2 cups 1% milk (or any non dairy milk)
- ⅓ cup shredded coconut
- 1 cup diced fresh pineapple
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon coconut extract
- ¼ cup chopped walnuts
- 8 ounces vanilla or plain Greek yogurt
- Combine all ingredients together in a large bowl with a lid. Stir well to combine.
- Refrigerate overnight and up to one week.
Do you have certain smells that transport you? Do you ever sniff sunscreen 🙂 ?