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Overnight soaked oats is a busy family's answer to breakfast. Oatmeal is a great breakfast and in this version, you don't even have to cook it. Soaking it overnight, softens the texture so that by morning it's ready to eat. Spend a few minutes in the evening preparing several single servings in mason jars and have breakfast for a few days done. What even better everyone can prepare this recipe with the flavors and mix ins they prefer.

Sometimes at the Doctor Yum Project kitchen we have oatmeal "sleepovers." The kids don't actually sleep over, but their oatmeal does! We prepare an "oatmeal bar" with the basic ingredients and a ton of optional mix-ins. The kids label their mason jars and put them to "bed" in the fridge. The next day in camp everyone gets to sample their recipes!

Ingredients

Food
Amt
Units
Prep
Notes
½ cups steel cut oatmeal (rolled oats make a smoother oatmeal)
steel cut oatmeal
½
cups
rolled oats make a smoother oatmeal
½-¾ cup almond milk (can use any dairy or dairy-free milk substitute)
almond milk
½-¾
cup
can use any dairy or dairy-free milk substitute
1 teaspoon flax meal
flax meal
1
teaspoon
1 teaspoon chia seeds
chia seeds
1
teaspoon
1 date, finely chopped (or 2 tsp. pre maple syrup)
date
1
finely chopped
or 2 tsp. pre maple syrup
¼ teaspoon vanilla
vanilla
¼
teaspoon
OPTIONAL MIX-INS
OPTIONAL MIX-INS
1 teaspoon cacao powder (or unsweetened cocoa power)
cacao powder
1
teaspoon
or unsweetened cocoa power
1 almond butter (use sunbutter if allergies are a concern)
almond butter
1
use sunbutter if allergies are a concern
¼ cup grapes
grapes
¼
cup
¼ cup blueberries (or other favorite berries)
blueberries
¼
cup
or other favorite berries
¼ cup pineapple, diced
pineapple
¼
cup
diced
¼ cup apples, diced
apples
¼
cup
diced
cinnamon (to taste)
cinnamon
to taste
2 tablespoons shredded coconut
shredded coconut
2
tablespoons

Method

Place all ingredients in a bowl, mug or jar and stir well. Refrigerate overnight. Serve cold, room temp or warm slightly before eating. Be ready for big smiles, and requests for second helpings!

Some combinations to add to the basic recipe * Chocolate Almond: 1 teaspoon cacao powder and 1 tablespoon (Dr. Yum's favorite!) * Blueberry Burst: cup blueberries and red grapes * Very berry: ¼ cup raspberries and 1/4 cup blueberry * Tropical: ¼ cup pineapple chunks and 2 tablespoon shredded coconut * Apple Cinnamon: ¼ chopped apple (Honey crisps are Jen’s favorite!) and cinnamon

Design your own recipe with your favorite flavors!

Prep time
5 min
Cook time
overnight soak (no cooking)
Yields/Serves:
1 serving

Yum Ratings

😫😟😐😀😍 “Superdy Duperdy YUM! That’s chocolately and yummy." —Asa, age 7
😫😟😐😀😍 “Oh my goodness that’s beyond good, I love that it’s so fast and easy, too.” —Jen, a grownup
😫😟😐😀😍 “This is so yummy! Can I have more PLEASE.” —Carter, age 5
😫😟😐😀😍 “Super Yum, it’s so chocolatey and so good!” —Nora, age 5
😫😟😐😀😍 “Super Yum. I can’t believe how chocolatey and still so healthy!” —Dave, a grownup