Recipe: Overnight oats

Overnight oats make the perfect, easy breakfast with so many flavorful, nutritious options to try. Have your children help with the measuring, stirring, and of course, eating. This big batch of overnight oats will last up to three days covered in the refrigerator. If you or your child is not a fan of eating it cold, you can warm it over the stove or in the microwave before serving. If you need to eat gluten free, make sure you use gluten free oats. Makes 6-8 servings.

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  • 3 cups oats (quick or old-fashioned)
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • 4 cups milk (we use a mix of unsweetened almond milk and canned coconut milk)
  • ½ cup sweetener (maple syrup or coconut sugar)
  • Optional add-ins: ¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut, a handful of chopped nuts, collagen powder, chopped fruit or berries of any kind


  1. Pour oats and chia seeds into a large bowl. Add liquid and sweetener and mix well.
  2. Add any optional add-ins of your choosing (or save the add- ins to add to the top when serving).
  3. Taste test, and add more sweetener if needed.
  4. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight. It may look a bit soupy at this stage, but the oats will absorb much of the liquid over time.
  5. Serve up a bowl topped with maple syrup or honey and fresh fruit and enjoy!