Back to School Breakfast Ideas - Overnight Oats
Aug 06, 2015
Now that it is back to school time it also means back to planning what to serve and eat when everyone’s schedules are so hectic!
Getting a healthy breakfast on the table instead of the standard bowl of cereal that both you and your kids will actually enjoy can take some thought and planning! Here are several quick breakfast ideas that everyone in your family will approve of!
Quick Breakfast Ideas:
- PB Banana English Muffin with 100% Whole grain English Muffins 1 Tablespoon Natural Peanut Butter ½ banana sliced and placed between the two muffin halves.
- PB Waffle Breakfast On-The-Go with 100% Whole grain Waffle 1 Tablespoon Natural Peanut Butter or other Nut alternative Butter Banana or Strawberry Slices
- Egg Sandwich with a poached egg 100% whole grain English muffin 1 slice of provolone cheese 1 slice of ripe tomato or mild salsa
- Fruit Smoothie with1 ripe banana 1 cup frozen mixed berries 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk or skim milk 1 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt (for protein) or 1 Tablespoon nut butter 1 cup fresh spinach (optional, but they won’t even know you slipped it in there if you use frozen dark berries like blueberries and blackberries!) blend everything in a blender and you have breakfast in less than 4 minutes!
- Overnight Oats – See Basic Recipe below!
Basic Overnight Oats Recipe:
- ½ cup rolled oats
- ½ - ¾ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk or skim milk (depending on how thick you like it)
- 1/2 to 1 full ripe Mashed banana (for sweetness or you can do 1 small unsweetened applesauce cup)
- Pinch of Cinnamon (optional)
- Mix all ingredients together in a glass jar, cup, or bowl. Stir well and cover.
- Place in your fridge overnight.
- In the morning top with any extras like fresh fruit or something crunchy like chopped nuts, slivered almonds, pumpkin seeds, or 1 TBSP natural PB or almond butter (if you haven’t already added it into the jar the night before).
Note: to add more thickness you can also add around 1/3 cup plain, non-fat Greek yogurt
Combination Ideas (to add to the recipe prior to or after making the basic recipe)
- PB Cup Oatmeal: Add 1 tablespoon Natural-Style Peanut Butter or Almond Butter (no sugar in ingredients list) 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder (along with basic recipe ingredients, which includes ½ to 1 full banana).
- Tropical Oatmeal: Add 1/3 cup diced mango (thawed first if using frozen) 1 diced Kiwi OR you can use ¾ cup frozen, thawed tropical fruit (shouldn’t have any sugar in the ingredients) ¼ cup chopped almonds or walnuts (these can be added in the morning or that night) along with basic recipe ingredients, which includes ½ banana.
- Mixed Berry Oatmeal: Add ¾ cup fresh or frozen (thawed) mixed berries (like blueberries, strawberries, raspberries or blackberries) along with basic recipe ingredients, which includes ½ banana.
- Blueberry Nut Oatmeal: Add 1 cup fresh blueberries ¼ cup chopped walnuts or pecans (along with basic recipe ingredients, which includes 1 full banana since blueberries are not very sweet).
- Apple Cinnamon Nut Oatmeal: Add ½ of a Honeycrisp or Fuji apple, diced to recipe lots of cinnamon ¼ cup chopped walnuts or any other nut
- Peaches & Cream Oatmeal: You will want to use FRESH peaches for this (trust me) Add 1 large or 2 small chopped peaches 1/3 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt, ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract sprinkled with slivered almonds (for crunch, optional) along with basic recipe ingredients, may use 1 full banana depending on how sweet the peaches are.
- Cherry Chocolate Oats: Add ¾ cup frozen (thawed) dark red cherries (shouldn’t have any sugar in the ingredients) 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder (along with basic recipe ingredients, and 1 full banana).
Melanie Kluzek, Registered Dietitian for County Market