Mornings in our home are chaotic with getting five people up and moving in all different directions. Getting two kids up, fed and dressed for school along with a hubby out to work, it’s not an easy task! Also, recently I’ve started sneaking out of the house while everyone is still asleep so I can go get my workout in. By the time I come home, it’s almost time for everyone to head out the door. It’s a little bit of madness to start the day!
So having an early morning routine and easy practices in place really help make our mornings a success, ensuring everyone gets out of the house on time.
Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always been a huge fan of oatmeal. One of my earliest memories of my Baba (Grandma in Ukrainian) was her cooking oatmeal on the stovetop and showing me all the different toppings I could put on it. She loved eating hers fairly plain, but not me! I wanted fruit, both fresh and dried, nuts and if I was lucky, some brown sugar. Oh man, I can almost taste it now!
To this day, I still love oatmeal and try to make it for my kids as often as I can. Our middle guy especially loves his oatmeal in the mornings. But with our busy schedule, we just don’t always have the time to make it.
Recently, I’ve discovered this new (to me) breakfast idea from Quaker about overnight oats and it had me totally intrigued. I’ll be honest, I had never tried it before but the idea of making it the night before, popping it into the fridge and having it ready for my kids the next morning while I’m still out at the gym is a game changer for us.
What I love even more is that these overnight oat recipes can be totally customizable to your tastes, in the same way that traditional Quaker oatmeal has been for all these years! So everyone can make their overnight oats the way that they love and you can rest assured that everyone will have a good, wholesome breakfast already made when they wake up!
You can find tons of amazingly delicious recipes at http://www.overnightoats.ca but let me share with you one of my favorites, Blueberry Banana Overnight Oats.
- 1/2 cup Quaker Large Flake Oats
- 1/2 cup low-fat milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1/3 cup bananas, sliced
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp chia seeds, optional
- In a Mason jar or bowl, add Quaker Oats, milk and vanilla extract. Stir to combine.
- Add a layer of blueberries, a layer of banana and then top with chia seeds and drizzle with honey
- Cover and refrigerate overnight
With the time you will save in the mornings having breakfast already partially prepared, you may just be able to enjoy a cup of coffee while it’s still warm! And that my friends, is what I call a major WIN!
Happy Morning to you!
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