As I have said in previous posts I like to keep my mornings calm and mellow. That being said, I really enjoy easy and nutritious breakfast for the kids.
I love preparing meals ahead of time so that they are readily available when I need an ‘easy’ meal. Summer porridge works perfect. What is summer porridge you ask? Summer porridge is an overnight, no-cook refrigerator oatmeal….so clever!
I discovered this wonderfully simple and delicious dish over at The Yummy Life. You can prepare it in mason jars up to 4 nights before you want to serve it. My kids love making it and they love eating it!
I love chia seeds and they go really well in this breakfast dish. If you don’t already know about the benefits of the chia seed here are a few: Chia seeds have more Omega 3 fatty acids than flax-seed, are loaded with calcium, potassium, Vitamin B, and anti-oxidants, are 20% protein, and help balance blood sugar. So go get you some chia seeds!
I have made two different flavors, apple-cinnnamon and strawberry-vanilla. I hope to add, and post, more soon. Some things you will need to make summer porridge are: old-fashioned rolled oats, greek yogurt, milk, chia seeds, and 1 cup mason jars.
Apple-Cinnamon Summer Porridge
What you need: 1/4 cup uncooked old-fashioned oats, 1/3 cup milk, 1/4 cup greek yogurt, 1 teaspoon dried chia seeds, 1/4-1/2 homemade applesauce (if you don’t have homemade applesauce add 1/4 cup store-bought applesauce and 1/2 teaspoon honey)
What you do: Place oats, milk, yogurt, and chia seeds in your mason jar. Shake, shake, shake it up! Remove lid and add applesauce until jar is mostly full and stir. Store overnight in fridge for up to 4 days. Enjoy!
Berry-Vanilla Summer Porridge
I used strawberry for making this but really any berry would do. I want to try raspberry or blueberry next!
What you need: 1/4 cup uncooked old-fashioned oats, 1/3 cup milk, 1/4 cup greek yogurt, 1 teaspoon dried chia seeds, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 tablespoon berry jam or preserves, 1/4 to 1/3 cut berries, diced, or enough to fill the jar
What you do: Place oats, milk, yogurt, jam or preserves, and chia seeds in your mason jar. Put lid on and shake it up! Remove lid and add berries and stir. Chill overnight and store as long as your berries will permit. Enjoy!
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