My recipe for overnight oats has been requested by a few, so I’m sharing here. It’s perfect for new parents as it’s portable, watertight for the diaper bag, and saves time as you make a bunch at once. They’re delicious cold, though you can heat them with the lid off. Oats are great galactagogues to bring on more milk. Chia seeds are a healthy source of fat and fibre. Great for postpartum poops! After a baby arrives, lots of friends and family well meaningfully bring lasagne and dinner food. Breakfast is forgotten. New parents need fuel.
They’re good in the fridge for 5-7 days.
When I make for clients I ask their dairy preferences in advance. I prefer sugar-free vanilla almond milk.
I like using blueberries (aka: bluebs at our house) as they keep the best in the fridge when there is liquid involved. Any berries will do.
I prefer to use mason jars to make them in. They store and stack well in the fridge and they’re watertight. Buy a bunch at the end of canning season, or grab them from Canadian Tire/Grocery Store. They also do well to keep the nuts crunchy. That’s where it’s at!
1/3 cup steel cut oats
2 tbsp chia seeds
1/3 cup milk or milk alternative
2 heaping tbsp Greek yogurt. Any flavour.
1 tbsp maple syrup
1/4 cup of chopped berries or whole bluebs.
1/4 cup nuts
Top with shredded coconut if you desire.
Optional: add 2tbsp hemp hearts after the chia for more protein.
Realistically, simply you can just layer the ingredients. Starting with the oats, ending with the nuts.
What I have found that if you quickly stir the chia into the oats, the whole bottom layer hydrates better and you don’t get a big layer of chia with dry oats. Mix-er Up! Or don’t, and live life on the edge.
Mixing the maple syrup into the milk before pouring also makes a difference for uniform sweetness. When measuring maple syrup, spray your spoon with cooking spray first so it doesn’t stick . Or just pour from the bottle. Whatever. Pick your level of commitment. Choose your own adventure.
The oats soften overnight.
Try it and let me know how they turn out!
Jackie Anger is a London, Ontario doula, a mama to an amazing toddler, a community advocate, and a lover of coffee.