Serving breakfast to toddlers when I just want my delicious cup of heaven (aka coffee) is a difficult task! And now I need to think about eating breakfast too?! I’m a dietitian and I still have to remind myself that food is the real energy, not the coffee. Don’t hate me. It’s true. Coffee feeds my soul. The food feeds the rest of me. I’m making steps to take care of myself because I want to have energy to enjoy my kids. And I want my kids to see that delicious breakfast comes in many flavors. (Not just cereal… yet again.)
The first time I made this recipe I was overjoyed at how easy it was and how tasty! The next day I lined up 5 Ball jars and filled all of them. I had a super easy breakfast for every day of the week. I went from a mom who skipped breakfast and ignored my “hangry” attitude to “just get all the things done” in the morning to a mom who had a full tummy until noon.
The really great thing… you can easily make this breakfast days in advance and make it free of whatever allergies have taken over your life. For us, it’s soy, milk, gluten, peas, sweet potatoes, green beans, spinach and a lactose intolerance.
Overnight oats saved my breakfast life!
Overnight Oats Recipe
Gluten free / Dairy free / Soy free / Nut free (optional)
Recipe serves 1
- ⅓ cup gluten free old-fashioned oats
- dash ground cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds
- 2/3 cup almond milk or coconut milk (nut free)
- ½ cup mix of frozen organic blueberries, peaches, strawberries
- Drizzle of real maple syrup
- 1 heaping Tbsp. almond butter or a type of nut or seed butter option you like (you can also leave this out)
- Optional ingredients for extra fiber and for “keeping you regular”
- ½ tsp psyllium husk
- ½ tsp ground flax meal
- 1 capsule quality probiotic, 5-10 billion live organisms (empty contents into jar)
Pour all ingredients, except nut butter, into a ball jar. Top with screw on lid and give it a shake until mixed. Store in refrigerator overnight or for 6-8 hours. Remove from refrigerator and give it another quick shake before removing the lid. Add ¼ cup extra almond or coconut milk if consistency is overly thick. Pop it in the microwave to heat it or serve it cold (my favorite). Add nut butter before serving. Delicious!
Note: You can also add 1 Tbsp melted coconut oil before serving for help with constipation issues. Coconut oil is helpful along with the extra fiber options.
Adapted from Cookie and Kate blog post recipe.
Let me know how you like the recipe.
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