Quick and Easy Berry Overnight Oats
BY GWEN LERON, DELIGHTFUL ADVENTURES
Apr 24, 2017
The morning rush to get the kids out the door to school can sometimes be overwhelming — some days more than others. I know I'm not alone and that there are parents all across Canada in the same boat.
There are, of course, shortcuts to making the morning chaos a bit more manageable. Packing lunches the night before, signing forms the same day they come home (and not the morning they are due!), and choosing/laying out clothes before going to bed are all quick and easy fixes. However, the best laid plans don't always go as we intended... you know how things go!
One of the areas I try to take a shortcut as often as I can is breakfast. During the weekend, it's all about slow, freshly-made breakfasts that we can sit at the table and enjoy together as a family, but on busy weekday mornings, it has to be all about quick and nutritious. This is where my berry overnight oats recipe enters the picture.
If you've spent any time on Pinterest, you know there are hundreds, if not thousands, of recipes for overnight oats. All of those recipes exist because they are quick to make, delicious to eat, and customizable to suit your tastes. The most important part is that they're kid-friendly. You can even get your kids involved in the preparation to help ensure they'll eat it and that they contain add-ins they love.
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For these berry overnight oats, all it takes is a few ingredients, a little patience, and when your kids come down for breakfast in the morning, they just need to grab a jar out of the fridge and start eating. Keep in mind that overnight oats are the perfect quick breakfast for parents too, so don't forget yourself!
To make one jar of overnight oats, you will need:
- 1 sealable jar
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon (optional)
- 1/2 cup berries
- 3/4 cup milk
- 3 tsp pure maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- You can double, triple, or quadruple this recipe as needed.
- Any type of berries you have on hand will work for this recipe. If using large berries, be sure to chop them into bite-size pieces.
- Oats must be rolled oats. Steel cut will not soften properly, and quick oats will get too mushy.
Add the oats, chia seeds, and cinnamon (if using) to the jar. Stir to combine.
- Add the berries.
Combine the milk, maple syrup and vanilla. Pour over the oat mixture.
- Stir everything to combine. Cover the jar with the lid and refrigerate overnight.
- In the morning, open up the jar and enjoy! (I like to add more fresh berries to the top before eating!)
Depending on your preference, you can heat up the oats and add more milk if you'd like it to be a bit runnier. Sweetness can also be adjusted, if needed.
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