Most mornings I get up before 6 a.m. My kids wake up before the sun even realizes it’s dawn. Since we start our days early I want to spend as little time on breakfast prep as possible. That’s why my toddler and I eat make-ahead soaked chia oats or a nutritious smoothie almost every morning.
The beauty of this breakfast is threefold.
First, you get to roll out of bed to a premade breakfast. Just combine everything and refrigerate overnight. Easy peasy!
Second, it’s healthy, wholesome, and filling. You won’t be reaching for snacks for a few hours.
Thirdly, you can adjust this recipe to use any seasonal fruit, milk of choice, and even decide upon the type of oats you want to eat.
I usually make this with quick oats because it’s more economical. If steel cut or old-fashioned oats were reasonably priced in my area I’d definitely choose those healthier options. Sometimes I get the craving for chewy steel cut oats and make my chia oats with a 50-50 blend to make the pricy bag go further.
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My toddler loves soaked chia oats and even wakes up asking for a bowl. She often chooses them over pancakes. I know, what kind of kid am I raising? Most mornings we do a blend of oats, 2% milk, chia, and in the morning add bananas. Simple, but delicious.
- 1 c. oats (steel-cut, old-fashioned, or quick)
- 1 c. milk of choice (great with coconut milk!)
- 1 t. chia seeds
- chopped fruit of choice
- honey, to taste (optional)
- Combine oats and chia in a bowl with a lid. Add milk, stir to combine and refrigerate overnight.
- In the morning stir the oats and add your favorite fruits and toppings. Add honey to sweeten, if you like.
Try this basic recipe and then tweak it to your tastes. It’s a great way to fuel your mornings, stave off cravings, and feel good knowing you’ve filled up on nutritious foods. What is your favorite make-ahead breakfast? I’d love to know. Please share in the comments below!