Fall is in the air and school is in full swing. With busier days, food prep can become more of a challenge. When you're in a pinch or out of inspiration, one of our favorite autumn recipes is overnight oats. Prepare these oats with your little ones at night and wake up to a complete, healthful breakfast that will keep you powered throughout the day!
3/4 cup regular rolled oats
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 cup unsweetened almond milk, or substitute a milk of your choice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt
Optional: 1 tablespoon maple syrup
Fresh fruit and/or nuts for topping.
- Combine the rolled oats, chia seeds, almond milk, cinnamon, salt, vanilla extract, and maple syrup in a jar with a tight fitting lid.
- Shake the jar vigorously and then refrigerate overnight.
- In the morning, the oats and chia seeds will have absorbed the liquid and the mixture will have thickened.
- Scoop into bowls and top with fruit and nuts or seeds. We love pomegranate seeds and crushed pistachio nut!
Tip: Before leaving the oats overnight, ask a child what they think will happen to the ingredients? This allows them to make a prediction and see what happens next.
Tip: Introduce new science vocabulary such as “absorb” and “dissolve.” What does it mean when one ingredients dissolves into another?