I’d love to be the person that can say that there are no picky eaters in my house, but I’d be lying. When it comes to breakfast, I prioritize healthier options (that don’t sacrifice flavour – so yeah, perhaps I’m a little high maintenance). But some days, I only feel like I have time for a superfood coffee or a protein bar, which isn’t always as satisfying as I’d like. My husband likes his morning meal a little on the sweeter side, more like granola and yogurt, but definitely not venturing into sugary cereal territory. And then there’s our two year old……and his preferences change ALL THE TIME, but I know with him that taste and texture are big priorities. If it isn’t yummy, it isn’t happening. There are days that are definitely a bit of a struggle to get him to eat much at all, which can be stressful, because I want to make sure he’s getting the nutrients he needs.
I’ve managed to figure out at least one option that works for ALL three of us, which is pretty amazing: overnight oats! They are a thing for many reasons, trust me. They are easy to prepare and totally customizable. Use your favourite oats – and of course I use Quaker Brand because it’s what I always use whenever I make hot oatmeal (or mostly oatmeal chocolate chunk cookies, obviously) and they have been trusted for over 100 years, so that works for me! Add any type of milk, yogurt or dairy substitute like almond or coconut milk. Then, you can mix in your favourite ingredients before putting your oats in the fridge (in a jar works really well!) to soak overnight. For more crunch or texture, you can set some toppings aside to add once the oats are ready in the morning – fruit, coconut chips, chocolate chips, seeds, nuts, or more. See why this is such a great morning solution? Because you’re doing these few quick steps the night before, and not fussing when you have a million other things to do to get out the door first thing.
Here’s one of my favourite overnight oats combos that I thought I would share with you, mostly because it’s Archer’s fave. Kiddo is crazy about both blueberries and bananas, so I feel like this one is win-win. If you’re looking for more recipe ideas, just click here for some delicious ideas from Quaker.
BLUEBERRY BANANA OVERNIGHT OATS
(makes one serving)
½ cup Quaker Large Flake Oats
½ cup milk of your choice
½ cup blueberries
1/3 cup bananas, sliced
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp honey
1 tsp chia seeds
- In a mason jar or bowl, add Quaker Oats, milk and vanilla extract.
- Add a layer of blueberries, a layer of banana, then top with chia seeds and a drizzle of honey, if using.
- Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Customize each jar with favourite toppings to make something that everyone will love! Toppings are totally flexible, use what you have or what you love to customize for everyone. Or go without toppings for a simple and delicious option!
For best results, let oats soak in the fridge for a full 8 hours. But if you’re short on time, a few hours will work too!
For a thicker, creamier texture, try using yogurt!
Thank you to Quaker Canada for hosting me at the #OvernightSuccess interactive workshop and for sponsoring this post. But of course, all opinions (and love of oatmeal chocolate chunk cookies) are my own.