Overnight Oats: Mama + Kiddo Approved
Our family (sans the husband) enjoys old-fashioned oatmeal a couple times a week on a regular basis. However, when the weather becomes unbearably hot during the summer in Texas, it becomes really tough to eat hot oatmeal even once a week.
I struggled to find an overnight oat recipe that would suffice the hungry boys at the breakfast table’s taste buds AND fill their bellies up for a couple of hours. I also emphasize the importance of protein in the morning (so basic cereal has NEVER cut it in this house). These boys of mine wake up hungry, just like their mama, so having this ready to go filled with deliciousness, nutrition and protein makes for an easy going morning in this house.
Pulling ready to go breakfast out of the fridge in the morning? That’s my jam, especially when busy days are imminent.
I was super thrilled when this recipe attempt panned out for us, and the deal was sealed when the littles couldn’t quite finish it but scarfed up as much as they could because they love it so much! Full bellies and happy mouths puts young boys in a much better mood than I ever thought possible, who would have thought?
- dried fruit (you may want to lessen the maple syrup to 1/2Tb if adding dried fruit as it will sweeten it more than fresh fruit does, mix in before refrigerating overnight)
- fresh fruit (we love berries in ours, but stone fruits are also delicious, add just before serving)
- nuts and/or additional seeds
- coconut flakes
- chocolate chips
- really whatever sounds good!
How to cook Overnight Oats
- Measure and place all dry ingredients (oats, hemp and chia seeds, cinnamon and sea salt) into 16oz wide-mouth mason jars. Make as many as you want, this recipe is enough for exactly one generous serving so just assembly line as you go if it's for more than just yourself.
- Before adding the wet ingredients, place your lid on your jar(s) and shake up contents to evenly distribute dry ingredients.
- Add all of the wet ingredients (in order, if you're OCD like I am and like to add the milk at the very end) and stir with a small spatula (what I always use to get the yogurt measured and added to the mix).
- Place lids on and leave overnight to enjoy in the morning!
What do you love to add to your overnight oats recipe for flavor? Please share in the comments, I know I love trying new things!