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5 Grab-and-Go Solutions You Can Make the Night Before

Grab-And-Go Solutions You Can Make The Night Before - Parents Canada

You have lots to do in the morning: get the kids up and dressed, feed the dog, feed the kids, feed yourself, get the kids out the door and get yourself to work on time. Phew!

It’s time to take the stress out of the AM so you can quickly (and effortlessly) start your day. One of the best ways to do this is to do your meal prep the night before. With delicious Quaker® overnight oats recipes, mornings don’t have to be difficult. Plus, this easy morning solution is entirely customizable – pleasing the taste buds of even the trickiest eaters.

Here are some great overnight oat recipes your family will scurry to eat in the morning rush!

Peanut Butter & “Jam” Overnight Oats: For Classic Flavour

The morning rush can leave us all racing to get ready, but preparing PB&J overnight oats the evening before takes the ‘rush’ out of the equation. Plus, this recipe boasts wholesome ingredients to get your family ready for the day. Mix together one cup of Quaker® Large Flake Oats with 3/4 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk, three tablespoons of smooth or crunchy peanut butter, honey and a dash of vanilla extract. Stir in and top with fresh strawberries and chopped roasted peanuts. Cover, refrigerate overnight and enjoy this easy morning solution!

TIP: For best results, let oats soak in the fridge for eight hours. But if all you have is three, that will work too.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats: For a Sweet Treat

Cocoa powder and peanut butter pair up in this recipe for a delicious combo. Grab your overnight oats on your way out the door and eat them on your commute to work.

Combine one cup of Quaker® Steel Cut Oats, two cups of unsweetened almond milk, honey, two tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder, two tablespoons of crunchy peanut butter and chia seeds. Stir all that goodness around and top with roasted peanuts. Cover, refrigerate overnight and grab and go in the AM.

Banana & Granola Overnight Oats: For the Crunch-Craver

Sometimes you need a little something extra in the morning. With the addition of Quaker® Harvest Crunch® cereal, this overnight oats recipe is quick, portable and packs a crunchy punch.

Combine one cup Quaker® Large Flake Oats, one mashed banana, plain Greek yogurt, honey, hemp hearts and a pinch of ground cinnamon. Stir to combine and top with one chopped banana and Quaker® Harvest Crunch® cereal. Cover, refrigerate overnight and get your crunch on.

TIP: Thin with unsweetened almond milk for a lighter consistency!

Tropical Coconut Overnight Oats: For the Day Dreamer

Dreaming of blue skies and beach chairs? Bring some tropical island sunshine into your morning with the easy and delicious Tropical Coconut Overnight Oats.

Combine one cup of Quaker® Large Flake Oats, one small ripe banana (mashed), one cup of plain Greek yogurt, honey, chia seeds and a pinch of sea salt. Stir to combine. Then, stir in unsweetened coconut flakes, chopped fresh mango and chopped fresh pineapple. Top with more mango, pineapple and coconut, as you like. Cover, refrigerate overnight and enjoy your own mini tropical vacation in the morning.

TIP: Use frozen fruit if fresh mangoes or pineapples aren’t available. As it thaws at night, its juices will be released into the oats for delicious flavour.

Blueberry Banana Overnight Oats: For a Fruity Morning

This recipe keeps it simple and light tasting, perfect for before your busy workday. It has all the flavours of a classic, sweet breakfast dish, so it feels like a treat while packing the nutrients.

Combine 1/2 cup of Quaker® Large Flake Oats, 1/2 cup of low-fat milk and one teaspoon of vanilla extract. Stir to combine. Then, add a layer of blueberries, sliced bananas and top with chia seeds and a drizzle of honey. Cover, refrigerate overnight and enjoy in the morning.

Whether you’re fueling your body before a morning hike, preparing for a long day of meetings or getting your little ones ready to learn, these Quaker® overnight oats recipes are a quick and easy way to start the day for the whole family. And with just a little prep the night before, they’ll be one less thing you have to get ready in the morning. Enjoy!

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