I’m back in the kitchen with my favorite little sous chef today! Just as I shared a couple weeks ago, I have been busy making some easy + fun breakfast recipes.
I love cooking + sharing my passion for food with others. Having cohen + ryan join me in the kitchen only adds to the fun. While things are often a bit messier and take a lot more time, having cohen take a sincere interest in cooking + food is more than I could ever dream. It is also a great lesson in patience for me which I often need.
To help prep for our work week, my family + I prepared some super simple but oh so very delicious grab-and-go breakfast treats together. Ryan loves oatmeal, especially when I take the extra time to make old-fashioned oats on the stove. The texture is perfection + they are packed with fiber, vitamins, minerals. These healthy carbs keep us fueled for the morning. However, to find a more time-efficient breakfast, with the same hearty qualities, I have been pinning away recipes for overnight oats on pinterest. Recently we made 2 varieties together…
First up, banana walnut chia peanut butter overnight oats. Say that 5x’s fast! This recipe, from the blog, cooking on the front burners, combines some serious protein with just enough sweetness to make it feel indulgent. Bananas + peanut butter are a match made in heaven so this combo was an instant win. Regularly, I sprinkle chia seeds into my smoothies, yogurt + cereal so, they are a welcomed addition to my overnight oats too. With cohen still not super savvy eating crunchy + dense items like walnuts, I just skipped this ingredient in his serving. After a quick banana mash, I combined all the ingredients in some mason jars before popping them into the fridge.
I took inspiration from wholefully and made their rendition of pumpkin spice overnight oats. The heartwarming + comforting scents of nutmeg, cloves + cinnamon are often associated with fall. Yet, these flavors taste delicious anytime of year. Cohen (and our dog, rocco) love pumpkin and it is a heart-healthy vegetable packed with fiber, potassium, and vitamin C. #winwin! Additionally, this recipe calls for greek yogurt which adds a rich + smooth texture, a nice counterpoint to the chewiness of the oats.
Like I have mentioned before, cooking in our house is a family activity. I could not be more grateful that everyone gets in on the action too. We sometimes need to stop for some tractor-pushing or a couple family kisses but I have no complaints about that.