We have only been back to school for a little over a week and I'm already hearing moms (and dads) complain about hectic mornings. And believe me, I feel ya. They don't want to get out of bed. They don't like what is in their lunch. They need a snack. And they need to be fed. It's part of our job as parents to make sure our kids are heading to school with full bellies. We all know how they get when they are hungry and the last thing we want is for their teachers to experience that.
My son's appetite has grown so much this past summer I was worried about him turning into the "hungry kid" at school. We can't have the teachers thinking I don't feed my kids. (Although I will admit there have been times we have had Raisin Bran for dinner. That's still food, right?) Making a big 'ol breakfast on school mornings is great, but seriously who has the time to do that? If you do I applaud you and my kids will be over in the morning. But if you and your kids are crunched for time, like most of the world on school mornings, give overnight oatmeal a try.
Flaxseed can be found in the baking aisle at Pick 'n Save and when mixed in oatmeal, the kids don't even know it's there. Flaxseed is a good source or Omega-3 fatty acids and fiber.
Bob's Red Mill Old Fashioned Oats can be found right by the instant oatmeal. Why old fashioned, or regular rolled oats over instant or quick oats? Because they keep you feeling full longer.
The beauty of overnight oatmeal is being able to prepare the next morning meal the night before. As a matter of fact, you can do it several days in advance, not just the night before. Plus, you can eat it on the run. Since you eat it cold, it can even be brought to work without the worry of using a microwave.
Plain overnight oatmeal is no fun. And chances are the kids will probably not eat it.
Unless your overnight oatmeal tastes like a chocolate chip cookie...
Chocolate Chip Cookie Overnight Oatmeal
- 1 cup Old Fashioned Oats
- 1/4 cup Steel Cut Oats (this is optional and I add it to keep the hunger off even longer)
- 1 tbs Flaxseed
- 1/2 tbs brown sugar
- 3/4 tbs butter sprinkles (found in the spice aisle)
- 1 tbs mini chocolate chips (or more, depending on how much you like chocolate)
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup vanilla flavored Greek yogurt
Step # 1 Add all of the dry ingredients into a Mason jar or container with a good seal.
Step #2 Add the yogurt.
Step #3 Fill the rest of the jar or container with milk (be sure to allow it to seep to the bottom).
Step #4 Stir with spoon.
Step #5 Place lid securely on Mason jar or container and give it a few shakes just to be sure it's mixed well.
Step #6 Allow to sit overnight in refrigerator.
The next morning you can add a few more chocolate chips to the top in case you need to entice your kids to eat it. I know it may look like a lot of chocolate chips, but remember these are mini chocolate chips. The butter sprinkles and brown sugar are what gives it the cookie taste.
This recipe does make quite a big serving and chances are your kids may not finish it. Don't throw it away though! Save it for the next morning or an after school snack!
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