Finding healthy solutions for you and your family can be easy, but our busy lifestyles still require us to look for fast ways to prep our meals. Blending convenience and nutrition can be tough for parents on the go. Instead of rushing in the morning to meal prep on your way out the door, you may want to turn to Quaker® overnight oats recipes.
Making overnight oats is a breeze. The night before, simply pour Quaker® oats into a jar, add your favourite ingredients and let it sit tight in the fridge overnight. In the morning, kick-start your day with a nutrient-packed jar.
Parents understand the challenge of making dishes that the whole family will love, which is why the versatility of overnight oats is such a great feature for parents alike. Kids can craft their own jars with their favourite ingredients, alongside oats, chia seeds, almond butter, coconut milk, agave nectar and frozen or farm-fresh fruits. The oats will soak up all of the goodness of the ingredients so that each spoonful is packed with flavour.
The variations are endless, but here are just a few quick and delicious recipes you can prepare tonight to enjoy tomorrow morning with the whole family.
1. Blueberry Almond Overnight Oats
To get started, combine Quaker® One Minute Oats, a pinch of sea salt and almond milk. Next, you’re going to add the pieces that will give your meal personality, like almond butter, maple syrup, ground cinnamon and chopped toasted almonds. Top your jar with fresh blueberries, seal and let everything mingle in the fridge while you sleep. For best results, let the oats soak in the fridge for a full eight hours.
2. Raspberry Vanilla Overnight Oats
This recipe is creamy, thick and lets you take advantage of staple ingredients that you’re sure to find in your fridge. Start with a base of Quaker® Large Flake Oats and a pinch of sea salt. Layer Greek yogurt, raspberry jam, chia seeds and natural vanilla extract. Finally, top with fresh or muddled raspberries and refrigerate overnight. You can even use frozen raspberries! As they thaw at night, the juices will be released into the oats for delicious flavour.
3. Tropical Coconut Overnight Oats
Why not start your mornings with a tropical vacation? Or, at least, food that makes you feel like you’ve travelled to an island oasis. First, mash a small ripe banana and chop 1/3 cup of fresh mango and pineapple. Pour Quaker® Large Flake Oats in your container, next adding the banana, plain Greek yogurt, honey, chia seeds and unsweetened coconut flakes. Finish with the remaining tropical fruit. To smooth your mixture, add unsweetened almond or coconut milk to taste. Cover and refrigerate overnight. This is a twist on a classic recipe that will become your kid’s instant favourite!
4. Peanut Butter & “Jam” Overnight Oats
In a small container or jar, pour one cup of Quaker® Large Flake Oats with an optional pinch of sea salt. Next, pour in unsweetened vanilla almond milk, all-natural smooth peanut butter and 1/2 teaspoon of natural vanilla extract. Drizzle with honey and top with chopped fresh strawberries and roasted peanuts. For peanut-sensitive allergies, you can substitute your favourite nut alternative. And come to think of it, you may want to make extra helpings for dessert.
The best thing about overnight oats is that you can easily make something everyone will love. Customize any of the recipes above with your family’s favourite toppings, or find more inspiration at the Quaker® overnight oats website.