Posted: Sep 11, 2013 5:00 AM
School's back in session. And so are chaotic mornings spent packing lunches, gathering backpacks and getting the kids off to school. Try making breakfast the night before to make mornings a bit easier. Overnight oatmeal might just be your new best friend.

If your mornings look anything like mine, with the rushing around, looking for missing shoes, wrangling up permission slips and scrambling to find something for show and tell at the last minute, you'll welcome anything that can help streamline all the crazy. Overnight oatmeal is just that thing. Packed with heart-healthy oats, calcium and fresh fruits, you'll feel good about grabbing one of these tasty combinations and serving it up in a flash, which will leave you more time to find that missing shoe!

Overnight oatmeal base

(The base remains the same, no matter how you customize the additions.)


  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup milk of your choice (almond, soy, rice and cow's milk all work fine.)
  • Agave or maple syrup to taste (optional) 


  1. Combine all ingredients in a jar or bowl with a tight-fitting lid. (I use Mason jars.)
  2. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Stir thoroughly before serving and, if you find it too thick, add more milk to achieve desired consistency.

allParenting strawberry blueberry overnight oatmeal

Strawberry-blueberry overnight oatmeal

  • 10 to 12 blueberries
  • 2 strawberries, diced
  • Oat base

Cinnamon peach overnight oatmeal

Cinnamon-peach overnight oatmeal

  • 1/2 medium-sized peach, diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Oat base

Vanilla plum overnight oatmeal

Vanilla-plum overnight oatmeal

  • 1 small plum, diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Oat base

Get Creative!^ Overnight oatmeal is a huge hit at our house. The potential combinations are endless. Here are some other combos that we've made and loved:

  • Mango and shaved coconut
  • Banana and cacao nibs
  • Apricot and vanilla
  • Raspberry and slivered almonds
  • Pumpkin puree and cinnamon (reduce your milk slightly)

Healthy Add-ins!^ Here are some other healthy additions that you can mix into any of the combinations above (be sure to increase your milk by a bit):

  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon hemp seeds
  • 1 teaspoon flax seeds

With these easy breakfasts, you'll be off to a great start. Have a fantastic school year!

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