This chocolatey overnight oats recipe is just as nutritious as it is delicious. Your kids will feel like they’re having a treat! Top with berries of your choice, and you’ve got yourself a balanced breakfast!
Overnight oats are genius. In fact, anything you can prepare the day before is genius in my mind, especially when you’re a busy mom juggling a million things at once. My kids love this overnight oat recipes because it’s tastes like dessert, and the dietitian in me loves that it’s so chock-full of nutrition. Dietary fibre, protein, iron, magnesium – all found in oats, are essential nutrients for growth and development (and general health). If you want to make this overnight oats recipe even more nutritious, you can add things like hemp hearts, chia seeds, cacao nibs or ground flax.
There are so many ways to prepare oats: on the stovetop, baked in the oven, in muffin form, in the microwave, in the slow-cooker and, like in this recipe, simply by letting them soak in the fridge overnight! I find that oats are softer and more flavourful if they’ve had the chance to sit overnight.
Use frozen berries in overnight oats
If it’s not berry season, try using frozen berries. They are just as nutritious as fresh, more economical (especially around this time of year) and easy. I find that it’s nice just to grab the amount that you need – frozen produce definitely helps reduce food waste!
Use large flake oats
For overnight oats I like using large flake oats (or rolled oats). I find that the texture is perfect – not too thick and gooey. Large flake oats are also lower on the glycemic index compared to quick or instant oats, which means that it helps to keep blood sugar levels more stable for longer, and keeps hunger at bay as well. I mean, all oats are amazing and nutritious and fibre-rich, but if you’re looking for a way to stabilize appetite and blood sugar, large flake or steelcut are the way to go.
We hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do!