Purple Overnight Oats: {Kids Cook} Monday Meal

Purple Overnight Oats from teeny tiny foodie

Have you heard about the breakfast phenomenon that is “Overnight Oats?” Think oatmeal without the heat and without the porridge-like texture. It is a brilliant breakfast invention that cooks itself overnight with less than 10 minutes of hands-on time! It’s so freakin’ easy that I’m totally embarrassed to say that it took me a few tries to work out some kinks and get it “right.” But, as a result of my kitchen fails, I now have a recipe, and some tips, to share with you! And if you have a teeny tiny sous chef at home, he or she can help you make it. You’ll notice that Eliana did most of the cooking for this recipe. It all comes together really fast and I couldn’t totally keep up with photographing and ensuring that measurements were mostly correct. Hence, photos are somewhat fuzzy but you’ll get the idea ;).


Tips and Ideas for overnight oats:

1. Keep the ratio of oats to liquid at 1:1. So, 1 cup of oats requires 1 cup of milk (any milk you like will do) or water.

2. Have your teeny tiny sous chef help you by measuring out ingredients, putting them into the container and mixing the ingredients together with a spoon or by shaking the sealed container really well to mix up the ingredients.

3. You can put whatever extra ingredients and flavors you want into the oats as long as you don’t mind that it gets mushy overnight.

4. You can prepare the oats in individual containers so you can grab and go with breakfast if need be.

5. If you don’t want them cold (Eliana doesn’t always like hers cold) you can heat them up in the microwave for 30 seconds to a minute to remove the chill.


  • Purple Overnight Oats
  • Yields 1 adult serving. Divide recipe in half to make a toddler serving.
  • This will last 2-3 days in the fridge.



  • -¾ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • -¾ cup milk (any kind of milk will work)
  • -½ cup blueberries (frozen or thawed)
  • -½ teaspoon pure maple syrup
  • -1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • -2 tablespoons shredded coconut, unsweetened
  • -2 teaspoons chia seeds


Toppings to add right before enjoying:

  • -1 tablespoon nut butter (We like almond butter or peanut butter)
  • -Additional items you like such as sliced almonds, fresh fruit, crushed crunchy cereal



Add all ingredients, except toppings, to an air-tight container.

Measuring oats for Purple Overnight Oats from teeny tiny foodie

I felt pretty brilliant when it occurred to me that Eliana could measure with more independence if I poured oats into a large bowl. Much easier than having her unsuccessfully scoop them from the storage container.


Preparing Purple Overnight Oats from teeny tiny foodie

After adding various ingredients to the container, Eliana had to stop for a spoonful of chia seeds.


Colorful container of ingredients for Purple Overnight Oats from teeny tiny foodie

I love all the colors!


Mix well and refrigerate at least 6 hours or overnight.


Trying to mix ingredients for Purple Overnight Oats from teeny tiny foodie

“But Mommy it’s too heavy for me!”


Purple Overnight Oats ready to "cook" overnight in the fridge from teeny tiny foodie

Goodnight breakfast! See you in the morning!


Top with additional toppings and enjoy! You can heat the oats in the microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute to remove the chill, if desired.


"Cooked" Purple Overnight Oats from teeny tiny foodie

Good morning! Breakfast is ready!


Purple Overnight Oats from teeny tiny foodie

A bowl each for Papa Bear, Mama Bear and Baby Bear. Goldilocks better step off!


Purple Overnight Oats from teeny tiny foodie

Don’t bother me. I’m eating breakfast!


Happy Cooking!




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4 Responses to Purple Overnight Oats: {Kids Cook} Monday Meal

  1. PassTheKnife says:

    Delicious! I’ve been making overnight oats this summer too, I love your idea to use blueberries! I’ve been adding a few tablespoons of greek yogurt– makes it a little more porridge like but very creamy with the added benefit of probiotics.

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