Getting five kids out the door for school on time each morning is no simple task, and to be honest, I haven't been at the top of my game lately. My youngest is the worst offender, getting sucked into playing on his iPad and inevitably breaking my #1 morning rule -- coat and backpack by the front door and shoes on your feet and tied before you even think about eating breakfast.
Too often lately, the bus has pulled up out front with shoes nowhere to be found, and I find myself scooting the kids out the door, handing each a granola bar as they pass. There's definitely room for improvement!
As you might imagine, I'm all about quick and easy breakfasts. We've been experimenting with some overnight oatmeal in a jar recipes lately, and this no-cook version is winning right now! With just three ingredients (yogurt, coconut milk & old fashioned oats), it's super easy to throw together before bed, and each of my kids can customize it to their tastes in the morning.
While the combinations are endless, for this batch, I used Silk Coconut Milk paired with Noosa Yoghurt (the honey flavor), and mixed in some Simple Truth old fashioned oats. I also added a couple of tablespoons of Simple Truth ground flaxseed just to increase the nutrition a bit -- chia seeds would be a great addition, too.
After stirring them all together, I divided the mixture between a couple of Weck jars and popped them in the refrigerator overnight. What starts as a soupy mixture, becomes a thick, delicious and creamy oatmeal!
There tons of ways to top this overnight oatmeal in a jar, but here are a few of my kids' suggestions:
- sliced bananas
- sliced strawberries
- fresh, sliced peaches
- almonds (or any nuts)
- Kashi GoLean Crunch! cereal
- real maple syrup
I feel like I could just keep going and going, but the truth is, with the basic recipe, the possibilities are endless. Swapping the Silk Coconut Milk for soy milk or almond milk is also an option, as is using different flavors of yogurt. Noosa Yoghurt has some awesome flavors in their line, including pumpkin!!!
As I mentioned, I used Silk Coconut Milk and Noosa Yoghurt (honey flavor) for the overnight oatmeal. You can choose to serve it hot or cold, but we almost always serve it cold -- because we're in a hurry, ya know. Today we topped it with a sprinkling of Kashi GoLean Crunch! cereal, some fresh blueberries and strawberries, and a drizzle of honey.
I love the combination of the crunchy cereal and creamy oatmeal, and fresh fruit is always a winner in my book! Actually, it was so good, that I decided to have another bowl for lunch...
When time permits (meaning my pre-breakfast rules have been followed without lots of nagging), my 7-year-old loves a side of scrambled eggs with his overnight oatmeal, so I was happy to see a promotion for FREE eggs at Kroger. I mean, who can't use a free carton of eggs? And I especially love how Kroger makes it to easy to shop for these natural foods brands -- they're all located in the same department!
Get FREE Simple Truth Cage Free Eggs at Kroger!
Right now (through October 27th) when you purchase 3 participating Silk, Noosa or Kashi products at Kroger or Kroger affiliates using your store loyalty card, you'll get a free carton of Simple Truth Cage Free Eggs! And I especially love that you don't have to jump through hoops to get this offer. Just pick up any combination of the three brands, along with a carton of Simple Truth Cage Free Eggs, and the eggs will automatically be deducted at the register.
In my experience, the promotion wasn't applied until I chose my method of payment, so don't freak out if it doesn't come off as you're scanning your items (like I totally did)!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of WhiteWave Foods. The opinions and text are all mine.