Both of my boys love oatmeal, but with high temperatures this summer we prefer a cooler version of oatmeal. That’s where overnight oats come in. This oatmeal recipe is great for the entire family and it’s easy to make:
Healthful Overnight Oats
3 cups rolled oats
2 large apples grated (I prefer gala)
2 bananas mashed
½ teaspoon cinnamon (can add more to taste)
pinch of sea salt
splash of vanilla extract
2 tablespoons chia seeds (opt)
1 tablespoon flax meal (opt)
1 tablespoon almond flour (opt)
1 tablespoon maple syrup (can add more to taste)
¼ cup raisins
Enough milk to completely cover mixture
*When possible I like to use organic ingredients
In a large bowl combine the oats, cinnamon, salt, chia seeds, flax meal, and almond flour. Fold in the grated apples, bananas, and raisins. Add a splash of vanilla extract, and then the maple syrup and mix well so that everything is evenly distributed. Finally pour enough milk on top to completely cover your oat mixture. Cover your bowl and allow the oats to sit overnight.
The next day simply serve as is or add your favorite seasonal fruit. For younger babies you can puree the overnight oats and thin out with milk or formula.
These oats will hold in the fridge for a week, and you can continue to add liquid if it starts to dry out.
An alternative to putting in the elbow-grease is Holle’s Muesli porridge. It easily dissolves in water or formula to make a delicious meal.