I’ve always been a big fan of overnight oats, but my oldest? Not so much. I recently figured out why and I came up with a nice work-around that tastes great and still packs a lot of nutrition into each portion. This method for Easy Overnight Oats with Applesauce is super simple to mix together, it stores well for future meals, and it’s a make-ahead breakfast option that the whole family will enjoy, even the little ones.
Easy Overnight Oats
So here’s the thing: L does not like chia seeds when she can see them or when they gel a mixture super firm. (She loves them in Blueberry Chia Seed Jam though!) I abandoned overnight oats for a while since I’m so used to including chia seeds, but it recently dawned on me that I could skip them all together! And, since the baby loves yogurt, I thought that this applesauce version would be great for her as well.
Easy Overnight Oats with Yogurt
All you need to do for this recipe is to stir the ingredients together the night before and let them sit in the fridge until breakfast time. The applesauce provides a serving of fruit and natural sweetness, the whole milk yogurt adds calcium, protein, and fat for staying power, a little cinnamon adds flavor, and hemp seeds boost it all with healthy omega fats and fiber.
Basic Overnight Oats Recipe
This is my favorite overnight oats recipe to make for breakfast because it’s so darn easy. And it’s naturally sweet enough that the kids like it without needing to cajole or convince. I like to make it with an applesauce that tastes good on its own to make sure that it has great flavor.
Overnight Oats for Babies and Toddlers
I like to add healthy fats to my overnight oats to make sure that my little ones are properly fueled for their morning—because I know they will be busy! Hemp seeds, which are lightly colored and don’t cause liquids to gel the same way that chia and ground flaxseeds do, are a recent addition to my pantry. I started keeping them on hand during my recent pregnancy since just 2 tablespoons has 6 grams of protein and they kind of don’t taste like anything—which makes them ideal to add to so many foods. (We really love them in smoothies since they completely blend right in!) And in this recipe, it’s likely that no one will even notice them, though you’ll feel good knowing that there are extra nutrients tucked inside.
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With just a few ingredients, you can have a container of overnight oats ready and waiting for quick toddler breakfasts. Mix these up the night before you plan to serve them.
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/4 cup plain whole milk yogurt
- 2 tablespoons rolled oats, ground finely in a food processor or blender
- 1 teaspoon hemp seeds
- 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1. Stir all ingredients together in a small airtight container overnight (or at least 6 hours). Serve chilled for breakfast, a snack, or as a lunch or dinner component.
Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Double (or triple!) the recipe to make more servings.