Set yourself up for breakfast success!
If your house is anything like ours, the early morning is often a bit hectic! Having a plan for breakfast is a step in the right direction, but having breakfast already made and ready to grab and go if needed is ideal. I love this overnight oatmeal parfait recipe because it allows for individual customization (you want peanut butter instead of almond butter, no problem; more strawberries, less blackberries, go for it! Cacao nibs, you bet!) as well as encouraging participation…..everyone gets what they want, including mom—who wants everyone to start their day with a healthy breakfast, but doesn’t want to be responsible for creating it!
If you follow me on instagram you know that I love oatmeal for breakfast, but I certainly don’t always have time to make it. You also know that I rarely miss an opportunity to nourish myself in the morning and try to make sure that everyone in our family has a healthy option available to them. Some morning’s it’s just not possible to physically make breakfast for every(any)one and get myself out the door on time. When I know I have to be out early, I often will make overnight oats and I’ve found a way to customize those oats into individual parfaits. Overnight Oatmeal Parfait checks off lots of boxes for me. It’s a great way for everyone to get exactly what they like, and a good way to involve your kids in making their own breakfast, at a time that is less hectic.
When we are cleaning up from dinner I try to get everyone to put aside their lunches for the following day before I put any left overs away. Packing lunches the night before is one way to save time in the morning crunch. Organizing breakfast for the next day is another. I often add this to our dinner clean up routine. It’s easy to blend up the oats and while they are resting (and the family is cleaning up from dinner and making their lunches), I set up the add-ins and jars so that everyone can make their own. This recipe for gingerbread overnight oats is another favorite in our house.
Ta-da: breakfast (and lunch) ready to go for everyone. I love a morning that doesn’t involve too many decisions!
- 1 banana
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- 1 Tablespoon ground flax seeds
- 1 ½ cups almond milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 Tablespoon maple syrup (optional)
- 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
- 4 jars with lids
- Almond butter
- 1-2 cups berries*
- Diced fruit
- Hemp seeds
- Cacao nibs
- Chopped walnuts
- * Use more or less berries depending on your taste. Any combination of ripe, in season berries that you enjoy is great. I used raspberries, blackberries and blueberries, but strawberries work well too! I have used chopped apples, pears, pitted cherries, sliced nectarines and peaches also with success. Let your taste and the season determine which fruit is best for you.
- ** All of these topping/layering options are just suggestions, get creative and use other nuts, seeds, fruits or other toppings that you enjoy. It’s a great way to add to the nutritional value of your breakfast, or appeal to your taste buds. Have fun with it!
- Place oatmeal ingredients (except for oats) into food processor or high speed blender. Blend until smooth, then add oats and pulse a few times until fully incorporated. You can do this by hand if you first mash the banana with a fork and then add remaining ingredients stirring with fork until everything is fully incorporated.
- Let oatmeal mixture sit for 10 minutes and then mix well.
- Line up jars and begin to fill them with alternating layers of berries, oatmeal, hemp seeds and almond butter until full.
- Refrigerate overnight. Oats will stay good in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Amount Per Serving Calories 131Total Fat 2gCarbohydrates 24gProtein 4g