If you are anything like me you will take advantage of any way you can to make mealtimes easier. Especially with such a big family, it’s always chaos. ESPECIALLY when in the middle of cooking somebody decides to tell me they need help with homework that they said they finished last night or the baby wants me to literally watch her while she gets her “poopies” out. Oh and did I mention that I turn into a short order cook on omelette day……no cheese, only cheese, with more veggies, hold the sausage, bacon on the side…..and I’m not even getting paid for this, unless you count the hugs and kisses I get that leave peanut butter on my cheek and jelly stains on the back of my shirt. So, when I find a recipe that allows me to prepare the night before I’m all over it. It is so much easier to fix breakfast while the kids are sleep….or pretending to be sleep.
Since we’ve been really big on healthy eating I thought this recipe was perfect and it allowed room for variation so my picky kids would be happy! Everybody in the house LOVES oatmeal so I knew this would be a winner. I made two different flavors (blueberry banana and apple cinnamon) but I’m anxious to try more. I’m sure my kids will get a kick out of helping me come up with flavor combinations…..as long as they don’t include ketchup…..which is currently banned from this household…..long story!!
BLUEBERRY BANANA OVERNIGHT OATS
- 1 cup old fashioned oats (do NOT use instant or quick cooking)
- 1 cup greek yogurt (plain)
- 1 cup almond milk
- 3-4 tsp honey
- 1 tbs chia seeds
- 1/2 a banana sliced
- 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
Okay, this is where it gets super technical and requires a great amount of skill (sarcasm)
Mix all ingredients together in a mason jar. I used a larger jar for the amount that I made….enough to feed three kids, but if you want to reduce the service size you can use a regular size jar. Cover and refrigerate overnight
In the morning add some fresh banana slices and blueberries. I also like adding a little granola!!
APPLE CINNAMON OVERNIGHT OATS
So you basically follow the same recipe as above except for a few slight changes. Instead of honey you will use 3-4 tsp brown sugar and your fruit will be diced apples, about a 1/2 cup. Also you will add 4 tsp of cinnamon. Cover and refrigerate overnight
In the morning add some fresh apple slices and a couple dashes of cinnamon!!