So I pinned a couple of recipes for overnight oatmeal, since from what I can tell tons of people do this. But the night I randomly decided to pull down the big Ball canning jar and overnight ourselves some oatmeal, I hadn’t even looked at the actual recipes yet. How hard can it be?
And I need to tell you that whatever concoction I came up with, it has hit the spot. I have made it at least five times in the last week, it couldn’t be easier, and two of my children eat it, ask for seconds, and eat the leftovers for a snack later. Come on, who in the world has ever eaten leftover oatmeal as a snack???
All that to say, I think I hit on something good that I have now added to the breakfast routine. I’m always hopeful that someday I will offer my children healthy breakfasts every day of the week. So far, it’s hit or miss. But I feel like this is on the way to healthy and satisfying, so there’s that.
I have one child who pretty much gags at the sight of oatmeal–that girl can sniff out an oat from a mile away. So I’m still trying to figure her out. Each of my children have their gaggie foods that I just have never been able to force myself to force them to eat.
Mostly because I don’t want anyone to force ME to eat a raw mushroom. I play fair.
Here’s the recipe in all it’s glory. It’s not scientific at all (as usual), because when I came up with this I pretty much added things to certain lines on the jar and filled up here and there and then stirred and stuck it in the frig. So I think it’s a pretty flexible recipe that you can make your own.
- 1 1/2 c. old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 tsp. (ish) ground cinnamon
- 1 T. chia seeds
- 1/2c. (or so) craisins (or raisins)
- 1 1/2c. unsweetened coconut milk/ almond milk/ or coconut-almond milk
- 1/2c. (or so) whole milk
- drizzle of maple syrup
- Using a large canning jar (or whatever container you'd like), pour in the oats first.
- Add the cinnamon, chia seeds, and craisins.
- Pour the coconut milk and milk over the top, adding more if needed so it starts out soupy.
- Add the drizzle of maple syrup.
- Stir to combine.
- Place in refrigerator and let set overnight.
- In the morning, stir once again, and serve either warmed up in the microwave, or cold, depending on preference.
*dorky picture above with lame food styling on tiny windowsill, just so you can see the jar I used. it’s raining around these parts, people. there is no good light.