Easy Overnight Oats

oo.jpegPun alert…. If you're not already eating oatmeal for breakfast, here's why you OAT-to:  Oats are whole grains that are packed with plenty of protein and fiber. Eating whole grains is a great way for kids (and adults) to start their day. They keep kids feeling fuller for longer so they can stay focused on learning all day long.

Red Rabbit’s newest breakfast offering is called Overnight Oats, and is made with a trendy technique which involves no cooking at all. Oats are soaked in a variety of liquids overnight, leaving them plump and hearty for your breakfast the next morning. If you've never had overnight oats before, you can think of them as a creamy blank canvas on which you can customize to your heart’s content. Use the below suggestions as a guideline to conjure up your own tasty concoctions. Include little ones in the preparation by having your child pick her favorite berry, nut butter or topping.

OvernightOats2.jpgThe Base:  Old-fashioned rolled oats work best in overnight oats recipes. Instant oats become too mushy, and steel-cut oats remain crunchy even after a day.

The Liquid:  Dairy or non-dairy (soy, almond, cashew, coconut, etc.) will all work well. Use plain or unsweetened flavors so that you have full control over the sweetness level.

The Cream: We use an equal ratio of low-fat yogurt but feel free to sub with your favorite greek, whole milk or soy yogurt.

>The Ratio: If you are new to overnight oats, start with a 1:1:1 ratio - 1 part rolled oats to 1 part cold liquid and 1 part yogurt. Then experiment according to your desired consistency, adding more liquid if you like the mixture thinner. The best part - berries, fruit, coconut flakes, chocolate and nut butters can all be added to create your favorite flavor profile.


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