Have you jumped on the overnight oats bandwagon yet? I’m a huge fan for many reasons, which I’ll list below. I also want to share one of my favorite versions with you that my kids are all huge fans of – Coconut Almond Overnight Oats.
Why I love overnight oats
- Ingredients. I always use rolled oats which are a whole grain and provide a healthy dose of fiber. They are filling and nutrient-dense, and can also be gluten-free (ensure that they are certified GF on the label). I personally use whole milk for my kids, and almond milk for me since I’m lactose intolerant. After soaking overnight, I like to add a 1/2 of a mashed banana in the morning because it adds creaminess – and a serving of fruit to boot! Oh, it also adds in some sweetness, too. There are so many mix-ins to add, and as long as you steer clear of refined sweeteners, overnight oats can be a solid real food.
- Versatility. Banana peanut butter, carrot cake, strawberry chia – the opportunities are endless. There are so many ways to switch up the flavorings that you definitely won’t get bored!
- Various meal offerings. Who says you need to only have overnight oats for breakfast? Nope – I’ll send these to school with my kids in their lunches, or bring them along for an after-school snack when we are heading directly to our activities post pick-up. Having a brunch with guests? Serve these up in these cute little jars for an adorable offering.
And now for one of our favorite overnight oats recipes. I actually threw this together for my 10 year-old a few months ago, who is by far my pickiest eater. Each day I challenge her to try one bite of a new food since she seems to get stuck in a rut of just wanting the same things. Wouldn’t you know it, I said a prayer in the other room when she took the first bite … and she loved it! Full disclosure – I did add a few chocolate chips – just a few;). Anyhow, I have since made them for all four of my kids and it’s a hit! Which makes me sure that YOU will love them, too. Oh, and if you have trouble finding unsweetened dried coconut flakes, here is a decent option.
- ½ cup rolled oats
- ½ cup whole milk OR almond milk
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ banana, mashed
- 1 TBSP nut butter or choice
- 1 TBSP unsweetened dried coconut
- 1 TBSP honey (optional - my kids like it fine without)
- In a small mason jar, add oats, milk and vanilla extract. Place lid on securely and shake to combine. Place in refrigerator overnight.
- In the morning, mix in mashed banana, top with nut butter, honey and coconut and enjoy. If you prefer warm oats, heat in the microwave for 20-30 seconds prior to adding toppings.
What’s your favorite version of overnight oats?