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Overnight Oats for Kids

Sometimes I wonder what goes on in a child’s mind.

What makes them do the things they do?

Where does that wild imagination come from?

For example:

  • What made M grab a flower barrette from my closet and ask for me to put it in her hair?
  • What made her think to grab a very old Hello Kitty watch (from Avon, which should tell you how old it is) from my closet floor and ask me to put on her wrist?
  • What made her walk into the the downstairs bedroom, grab a bag from that closet and walk around the house pretending it’s a purse?

And just so you know… it was eight in the morning when all this was going on.

I blame all this energy on the stellar breakfast she had that morning. She had overnight oats for the first time. Her response after the first bite “YUH-MEEEEE!!”

M’s the kind of kid that wakes up starving every morning, to the point where I have to give her a little snack to tide her over while I get her breakfast ready. Overnight oats were perfect for her. She woke up, we brushed her teeth, came downstairs, and breakfast was all ready 🙂 It was a win win for both of us!

Here’s what went into M’s mix:

  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • 1/4 oats
  • 2 tablespoons chopped dates (you can use raisins, or any dried fruit your kid likes)
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk

Mix all ingredients together, store in an airtight container and let the oats set in the fridge overnight. The oats will become nice and soft and all those delicious flavors will blend together.

Pull the oats out the next morning. If its too thick for you, stir in a little milk until you get the consistency you or your kid likes. Top with fresh fruit, a drizzle of honey, and dig in 🙂

I can’t believe I waited so long to make this for her! This will be a part of her regular breakfast rotation 🙂

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Have a great weekend!!

p.s. this weekend is our open house! keep your fingers crossed for us 🙂

17 Responses

  1. Marisa @ Loser for Life said on March 4, 2011 at 7:52 am

    Wait a minute…when did M get so big???!!!! I think that happened overnight, too 🙂

    So cool that you get her to try such healthy foods, Estela!

    BTW, I voted for you on Babble’s 100 Top Food Mom Blogs 🙂

  2. Estela - Weekly Bite said on March 4, 2011 at 7:58 am

    Awe, thanks 🙂 I voted for you too 🙂

  3. Emily said on March 4, 2011 at 8:07 am

    Yummy idea! My toddler LOVES oatmeal!

  4. Jessica @ How Sweet said on March 4, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Ah she is just so adorable!

  5. Lauren at Keep It Sweet said on March 4, 2011 at 8:33 am

    What a great idea to make that for your daughter. She is so cute in those photos!!!

  6. Maryea (Happy Healthy Mama) said on March 4, 2011 at 8:43 am

    The thought of cold oatmeal does not appeal to me at all, but I wonder if Meghan would like this. I love it when breakfast is all ready in the morning!

  7. Sarah said on March 4, 2011 at 9:10 am

    If you should ever get tired of blogging, please don’t delete this site! You have so many good ideas for feeding kids (and adults). Your site is such a valuable resource.

  8. Estela - Weekly Bite said on March 4, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Thanks Sarah! That’s so sweet of you to say 🙂

  9. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) said on March 4, 2011 at 10:11 am

    My fingers are definitely crossed for you guys! I had no doubt she would enjoy that. What’s not to love?

  10. Natalia - a side of simple said on March 4, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Not only do I want these overnight oats, I totally want your daughter’s outfit 🙂

    Good luck this weekend with the open house!

  11. Anne @ Baking Me said on March 4, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Cute pictures, love M’s outfit 🙂 Those overnight oats look good and so easy to make, I will have to give them a try.

  12. emily (a nutritionist eats) said on March 4, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    I love M’s outfit!!! Adorable!

  13. Diana @ frontyardfoodie said on March 4, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    whoa that is a great idea for a hungry kid! I’ll remember that for when my little pumpkin starts eating food. I love getting your ideas.

  14. Megan@Dirty Dishes Daily said on March 5, 2011 at 3:04 am

    That is a great idea and I love your table cloth.

  15. Michelle @ HER said on March 5, 2011 at 8:41 am

    Oh how I wish I was young again…when there were no cares in the world. 🙂
    This oatmeal sounds and looks amazing! I will give it a try and let you know what I think. Good luck with the open house!

  16. Anne Marie said on March 5, 2011 at 8:54 am

    Fingers and Toes Crossed!!!!

  17. Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) said on March 7, 2011 at 6:17 am

    You are the best mom ever! E is so lucky to have this web space to refer back to when she’s all grown up. You’ve captured so many memories all ready!