Getting out of the house in the morning is an all-hands-on-deck event at the Kennedy household. We have Dad on duty dressing the kids and throwing in some laundry, me fixing breakfast and packing the main part of their school lunches, and the kids rounding up their homework, school bags, packing their snacks, and taking over 15 min just to get their shoes on (it’s ritual). Then I still have to get dressed after that’s all done, dad drives them to school while I do so, comes back and picks me up and we both get off to work.

It feels like no matter how early we get up, there is always something keeping us from having a calm, collected morning. Much of the time wasted comes from eating our breakfast. Even though I try to keep it simple on weekdays, I feel like it would be the easiest place to chop time out of our routine if I could just expand the number of healthy  and quick (I mean QUICK) breakfast recipes we cycle though.

And that’s when I discovered overnight oats.

I mean, what could be simpler than opening your fridge, pulling out a spoon and digging right in to a nutrient-dense and ultra delicious bowl of flavoured, soft oats?

Not a whole lot, to tell you the truth.

The longest part of preparing them is the whole 2-min you need to spend the night before just throwing together the ingredients into a container or mason jar. You can’t complain about that!

It’s versatile enough that you can free hand a variety of your own flavours/recipes, and top it with anything you have on hand that morning if you choose (or, eat it just like that, cause again.. it’s that easy!).

Here’s my basic overnight oats recipe (picky eater approved!):

Basic Overnight Oats
Prep time: 2 min

 

Ingredients:

• ½ cup (heaping) rolled oats (use steel cut oats if you like more of a “bite” to your oats)

•  ½ cup unsweetened almond milk

• 1 tablespoons chia seeds

• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

• ½ – 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:

1.  Mix together all ingredients into a jar or Tupperware with a tight-fitting lid.

2.. Close and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, but preferably overnight before eating.

3. Top with whatever fruit you have on hand! Apples, strawberries, blueberries, bananas all work great.

You can go one step further and add almond slivers, pumpkin seeds, shredded coconut, a drizzle of honey or pure maple syrup, etc… sky’s the limit!

If you’re feeling fancy, you can try a variety of other flavours (there are tons all over the internet), but here’s a few of my favourite combinations:

Banana Chocolate Chip
• ½ mashed banana

• 1 tbsp. pure dark chocolate chips

 Tropical Fruit

• ⅓ cup chopped fresh or canned pineapple
• ⅓ cup chopped ripe mango
• ½ ripe banana, chopped or mashed

• 2 tablespoons unsweetened flaked coconut

Chocolate Coconut 
• 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
• ¼ cup unsweetened flaked coconut

*Any of these can be added in the night before and slightly mixed through before refrigerating overnight.

Do you have a favourite combo? I’d love to hear your responses and if you agree that these are life-savers for busy families on the go, go, go!
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