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Healthy Kids Cook: Overnight Mix-'n'-Match Oatmeal

Good food, made easy with PCC Chef Jackie Freeman

PCC Healthy Kids Cook 

ParentMap and PCC Natural Markets have partnered to produce an exciting web series called Healthy Kids Cook, designed to encourage families to make a healthy habit of cooking fresh food together in the kitchen. In this season’s Healthy Kids Cook, we’re focusing on quick and easy meals that you and your family will love making at home. Each month, Chef Jackie Freeman hosts families in the PCC kitchen to create a quick, filling, fresh and fun recipe featuring seasonal fruits and vegetables. 

This month, Chef Jackie invited teen photographer Ava to make Mix-'n'-Match Overnight Oatmeal. This recipe is creamy, delicious and easy to customize: it's the perfect make-ahead breakfast for simplifying your morning routine and making sure kids and teens don't miss breakfast, even if they are running late! 

Recipe: Mix-'n'-Match Overnight Oatmeal

Oatmeal base:

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)

Berry Cobbler:

  • ¼ cup blueberries
  • ¼ cup raspberries
  • Handful of granola

Chunky Monkey:

  • ½ banana, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flakes
  • 1 tablespoon sliced almonds
  • 1 tablespoon cacao nibs or chocolate chips

PB & Pumpkin:

  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Peachy Keen:

  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • ½ rip peach, pitted and diced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts

Tropical Oats:

  • Splash of vanilla
  • Pinch of ground ginger (optional)
  • ½ cup diced mango
  • ¼ cup diced kiwi
  • 1 tablespoon chopped macadamia nuts

Apple Pie

  • 1/2 apple, chopped
  • Handful of granola
  • Pinch of brown sugar


Mix oats, yogurt, milk and chia seeds together in an 8-ounce mason jar or bowl. Place in the refrigerator overnight.

In the morning, top with optional flavor combinations. (You may add the mix-ins the night before, but keep in mind whatever you incorporate might be soggy in the morning!)

Recipe by Jackie Freeman, PCC Chef


More back-to-school food inspiration

As kids head back to school, simple-to-make meals and take-'n-go lunches are a life-saver. Check out these hot lunch ideas to send in your kid's thermos, these cute and artistic bento lunch ideas and our back-to-school hacks for streamlining lunch-making and other tasks. 

Also, don't miss our ideas for creative and cute lunch notes to send along with your kid (because who doesn't love a special note from mom or dad). Enjoy! 

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