Friday, August 12, 2016

Beat the Heat: No-Cook, Cool Breakfast & Snack Recipes made Overnight with Quaker Oats

Overnight Oats, is a cool, delicious "grab & go" breakfast or snack. Photo courtesy of Quaker Oats
Quaker Oats is raising the breakfast bar with their innovative take on the day’s most important meal - along with their timeless, classic recipe that’s practically synonymous with oatmeal itself.

Say hello to oatmeal with a twist!

Now, when the sizzling summer heat makes the mere thought of cooking anything has you wilting, you can beat the heat faster than the mercury-popping thermostat soars past the 100 degree mark. Quaker Oats and that ever-smiling Larry - the Quaker Oats Man -- has come up with truly cool ways to enjoy nutritious oatmeal. And that cool factor extends to how these delicious recipes are made and how to enjoy them. Think of Quaker Oats Larry doing the work for you overnight while you’re sleeping! In the morning - it’s all about grab and go!

This is a fun treat to make with the kids, too; creating sweet or savory ways to have a complete, refreshing, and nutritious breakfast, even when you’re in a hurry. Soaking the Quaker Oats overnight - and adding seasonal berries from the Greenmarket or the garden, means it’s ready and waiting for you in the morning!
Raspberry Coconut Overnight Oats, photo courtesy of Quaker Oats

Check out Quaker Oats’ Overnight Oats website for tips, tricks, and a video of ways to pair your oats with yummy ingredients most likely found in your house pantry. The recipes are super easy and delicious! As a fruit and yogurt lover, I found that Quaker Oats has been the missing grain in my creations. Not only are the Overnight Oats a perfect summer breakfast, they make for a great snack or dessert as well.

Here are some quick and tasty recipes to make -- and get inspired to vary the ingredients to your own likes and seasonal bounty:


Banana Nut Overnight Oats (courtesy of Kimberly Sneed):  
Banana Nut Overnight Oats, photo courtesy of Quaker Oats


¾ cup Quaker Old Fashioned Oats

1 cup vanilla almond milk

Dash cinnamon

Banana, sliced

Handful of pecans

* My Garden Glamour note: If you don’t want to use flavored milk, you can also use fresh, whole milk from the local dairy, add a ¼ teaspoon of almond flavor or almond butter and vanilla flavor.

Add Quaker Old Fashioned Oats, vanilla almond milk and dash of cinnamon to a jar. Stir and refrigerate, covered, overnight. In the morning, top the oats with sliced bananas and pecans. (Yes, it’s that easy!)

Peaches and Cream Overnight Oats (courtesy of Robyn Stone)

½ cup Quaker Old Fashioned Oats + 1 tablespoon for serving (optional)

½ cup milk, coconut milk, or almond milk

1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey (optional)

½ fresh peach, cut into slices or chopped

1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream or coconut cream

* My Garden Glamour note: I’ve been testing out the organic coconut from Edward & Sons - the company that introduced the first organic coconut products to the US market and can highly recommend their Sweetened Condensed Coconut Milk and their brand new organic Heavy Coconut Cream. Both are a healthy, tasty partner ingredient to the Quaker Oats stone fruit overnight recipe.

Stir the Quaker Old Fashioned Oats, milk, and maple syrup in a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Secure the lid and store in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, top the oats with a tablespoon oats, peaches, and cream.

PB&J Overnight Oats (courtesy of Quaker Oats)

½ cup Quaker Oats

½ cup milk

½ cup strawberries

½ cup peanut butter

Add Quaker Oats and milk in a jar. Then add a layer of strawberries and top it off with a layer of peanut butter. Refrigerate and enjoy in the morning (or a few hours later)!


Pomegranate and Cocoa Nibs Overnight Oats (courtesy of Quaker Oats)

½ cup Quaker Oats

½ cup milk

½ cup pomegranate seeds

2 tablespoons cocoa nibs

2 teaspoons ground flax seeds

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Add Quaker Oats and milk to a container of your choice. Alternate between layers of pomegranate seeds and layers of cocoa nibs. Top off with flax seeds and a drizzle of vanilla extract. Place in fridge and enjoy in the morning (or a few hours later)!

All Quaker Overnight Oats recipes can be found on www.QuakerOvernightOats.com

Raspberry Coconut Overnight Oats, photo courtesy of Quaker Oats


This feature was prepared and written in conjunction with Shannon Ho, Garden Glamour guest reporter and intern.  Thank you. 

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