recipe repertoire & the breakfast camels

we wilkins' are breakfast lovers.  for our kids, who rarely eat more than the mandatory two bites at dinner, breakfast cannot come fast enough & is much anticipated.  once kai ate 3 large bowls of steel cut oats, a scrambled egg, 2 bananas, a pear & 2 pieces of peanut butter toast. these kids are like breakfast camels.   they gorge on breakfast & then eat hardly anything for the rest of the day.
our wee wilkins thrive off of variety.  i started recording a little list of our recipe repertoire just to make sure i am using my recipe scavengering skills to their fullest potential & don't forget to include some of the awesome finds that often get crumpled between cookbooks.  we've been rotating through the usuals, toast & pb, smoothies, steel cut oats, breakfast quinoa, cereal & fruit, yogurt & granola, one eyed monsters, fortified french toast, green eggs & ham  and scrambled egg muffins... and then repeat.  i can get through our whole breakfast repertoire in almost a week which saddens a creative soul like me.  so much breakfast potential.  and so i took on the challenge to expand our repertoire of the grandest meal of the day and i found this super cool recipe that was a real hit.  the possibilities are endless!

"summer porridge": blueberry maple
overnight, no cook refrigerator oatmeal
source: theyummylife.com
strengths of recipe: high in protein, calcium & fibre, low in fat & sugar
1/4 cup uncooked old fashion rolled oats
1/3 cup skim milk (i used goat)
1/4 cup low fat greek yogurt (i used vanilla greek yogurt)
1-1/2 tsp dried chia seeds (you can get these little health boosters at the bulk barn but they are not essential to the recipe if you don't include them)
2 tsp pure maple syrup
1/4 cup blueberries (or enough to fill jar)
* i used half pint mason jars & they worked perfectly!

in a half pint (1 cup) jar, add oats, milk, yogurt, chia seeds & maple syrup.  put lid on jar & shake until well combined.  remove lid, add blueberries & stir until mixed throughout.  return lid to jar & refrigerate overnight or up to 2 days.  eat chilled.
* these were really filling... i made three half pint jars & they lasted for two breakfasts, which was a miracle in this household!

other fantastic flavours are: mango almond, apple cinnamon, banana cocoa, banana peanut butter (* learned about this awesome but impossible product to get called PB2 - powered peanut butter with all of the protein & 85% of the fat removed, does anyone know where to get this?), raspberry vanilla
(click here for the specific recipes & pictures of directions)
we loved blueberry maple & tomorrow we're trying raspberry vanilla soon followed by all the rest!


  1. Huh - that looks really good. Do you think it would work using coconut milk or rice milk? (Or a combination of both?) Does fat content matter that much? Just trying to figure out how to Sam-proof it :).


    Thanks for the tips!

  2. yup any type of milk will work including coconut milk but it's more the type of yogurt substance you use that affects how much milk you put in. if you are using coconut yogurt, or regular soy yogurt (basically anything that isn't the same consistency as greek yogurt) you just add a little less milk so it's not too runny (like 1/4 cup instead of 1/3 cup). lots of the comments on the original page that i got this recipe discuss how they made this recipe vegan friendly with success.
    here are some easy instructions on how to make regular yogurts into greek yogurts if you want a thicker, creamier oatmeal... but reducing the amount of milk just seems so much easier!
    hope that helps!

    i think any type of milk will work... it tried it with unsweetened almond milk & it worked great. it's more the yogurt i think that might be hard to find a replacement. do they make coconut yogurt? i know they make goat yogurt (although it's not greek) it could work? sounds like some experimenting might be in order! :)

  3. Wesley has overnight oats for breakfast often and LOVES them! Thanks for the new flavour ideas! I'll have to give it another try myself... something about the cold oats just doesn't do it for me...