Monday, January 27, 2014

Easy Make-Ahead Breakfast

I've found that on the mornings when my son has preschool, it is really hard for me to find time to eat breakfast. This is a great breakfast for mornings like that. I've seen other versions online that add in milk, among other things.

This, however, is the super easy version. I'm a big fan of super easy these days.

Overnight Oatmeal


1 container (5.3 oz) Greek yogurt or regular yogurt, any flavor
1/4 cup old-fashioned or quick-cooking oats
1 teaspoon chia seed, optional
Desired mix-ins (see ideas below), optional


In container with tight-fitting cover, mix yogurt, oats, and chia seed, if using. Add desired stir-ins, if using.

Cover; refrigerate at least 8 hours, but no longer than 3 days before eating.

Stir-In Ideas:

1/4 cup pomegranate seeds.
1 tablespoon honey or 2 tablespoons comb honey.
1/4 cup banana slices
1/4 cup toasted almonds
1/4 cup blueberries
1/4 cup blackberries
1/4 cup raspberries
1/4 cup mandarin orange segments
1/4 cup pineapple tidbits
1/4 cup chopped kiwi fruit
1/4 cup sliced grapes

Source: Pillsbury website. You can find it here. There is an almost identical recipe on the Betty Crocker website here.

Notes: First of all, I didn't use chia seeds. This recipe is as easy as it gets. If you choose a yogurt that already has mix-ins or fun flavors, you don't need to add any additional mix-ins. For instance, if you use pineapple Greek yogurt, you are good to go. There is no need to add anything else. I made some with vanilla yogurt and topped it with a little honey, and it was great.

Mix-ins such as fresh fruit would be really tasty too...but not really necessary. If you use just Greek yogurt and oats, it will make for a thick, chewy, and filling breakfast. If you want it a little thinner, use regular yogurt, or stir in a little milk.

Check this blog out for some other great flavor/stir-in ideas and another method for making overnight oatmeal. Check out her second post too.

1 comment:

  1. I have been making these in the little jars. It's a quick go-to breakfast and keeps me from eating junk. I have used the chia seeds. They are quite pricy, but supposedly help as an appetite suppressant. You really can't taste them.