Getting a healthy breakfast in on school days can be tough because…
1.) I’m not the kind of mom who makes healthy breakfast muffins and mini quiches the day before (seriously, who has the time?)
2.) I don’t want a lot of dishes to wash on a work morning, so eggs and waffles aren’t happening.
3.) My kids don’t want to take the time to eat a big meal before school. Cold cereal is all too often what they grab and I don’t feel great about that.
Can you relate?
Recently, we’ve found a solution. Meet the best new food trend at our house: Overnight oats!
What I love most about this recipe is that it is totally ready to eat in the morning. No cooking, no mixing, just ready. And the kids can help themselves which is the best bonus of all.
The prep is super easy too – no cooking involved here either! Usually I do the prep in the evening – after all the dinner dishes have been dealt with – but you could make it anytime that suits your schedule.
Place all 4 ingredients together into a bowl: rolled oats (not to be confused with quick oats), frozen mango chunks, almond milk (we usually go for sweetened vanilla, because we don’t add any other sweetener, but unsweetened works too) and chia seeds.
Mix everything up well.
Cover and refrigerate overnight. My reusable bowl covers are perfect for this!
The next morning, just pop it out of the fridge and serve! You can add extra almond milk or other toppings if you like but it’s certainly not necessary. Something magical happens in the fridge overnight where the oats get all creamy and the flavors melt together. Yum! That’s about the best way to describe it.
Believe it or not, I made this recipe for 100+ people on a camping trip at the beach on the East coast. Seriously good camping food!
So now overnight oats is our go-to weekday breakfast. Believe me, I feel much better about a breakfast of healthy oats, organic fruit, tasty almond milk and nutrition-packed chia seeds than cold cereal! Let me know if you try it – I’d love to know what you think!
- 2 cups rolled oats (not quick oats)
- 2 cups almond milk (sweetened or unsweetened)
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 2 cups frozen mango
- Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
- Cover and leave refrigerated overnight.