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Maple & “Brown Sugar” Oats


IMG_1260I finally did it! I converted my daughter to an overnight oats consumer! Bless her heart, she has very vocal taste buds. (And surprisingly accurate if we try to hide a food in her meal with which her palate is adverse.) We used to buy the mixed flavour box of packages of instant oatmeal (I know, gasp! I’m surprised we are still alive too!) and the only kind she would eat was “maple and brown sugar”.  That worked fine for me, because I loved the apple cinnamon and the peach…yum… (I need to work on that flavour when peaches are back in season.) However, I think she has finally resigned herself to the fact that it’s been over a year since she last saw a package of instant oats in this home and she might be moving on.  Yes, I knocked on wood just in case.

This maple and brown sugar flavour combination is a comfort food favourite with the adults in this family too! Even my hubby enjoys a bowl of this lately. Sometimes I will substitute the raisins with chopped up apricots for a bit of variety. It’s so easy to make and keeps for several days in the fridge, so I usually whip up 3 kids and 4 adult jars at a time. The main difference between the two is the serving size. As you will notice in the photo (of the kids size) there is a definite layering. I found, after some trial and error, that the easiest way to mix and serve later is to layer as follows: oats on the bottom, followed by all your flavour additions and seeds, topped off with your milk. The next morning add a bit more water if needed to the top and microwave for about a minute. Stir well and enjoy warm. As always, this is refined sugar free, dairy free and gluten free!

Maple and “Brown Sugar” Oats – Kid Version

1/3 cup of large flake organic oats (gluten free if necessary)

1/3 unsweetened organic almond milk (vanilla or plain is fine)

2 Tbsp organic raisins

1 tsp ground flax and chia mix

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp coconut sugar

2 tsp pure maple syrup

1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Layer as desired and store in fridge at least overnight.


Maple and “Brown Sugar” Oats – Adult Version

1/2 cup of organic large flake oats (gluten free if desired)

1/2 cup unsweetened organic almond milk (vanilla or plain)

2 Tbsp organic raisins or diced, dried apricots (unsweetened)

1 Tbsp ground flax and chia mixture

3/4 tsp of cinnamon

1 tsp coconut sugar (I didn’t find I needed to increase, but add more if you like it sweet)

2-3 tsp pure maple syrup

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Layer as desired and store in the fridge at least overnight.

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