A 5-minute chia oats recipe for busy weekday mornings

Cut down on the morning chaos with a handful of simple ingredients and a few minutes of prep before you head to bed.
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Simply let oats, milk, chia seeds and honey soak overnight, and top with fruit in the morning for a fast and filling breakfast.Katarna Mittkov / EyeEm / Getty Images
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By Charisse Yu

Mornings are chaotic in most households. Add children to the mix and it can double the chaos.

It can be a struggle to get yourself (not to mention the kiddos) dressed, fed and out the door with your sanity (and theirs) intact. That's why this breakfast is going to be your new best friend.

Enter: no-cook chia oats.

Let your refrigerator do all the work in this protein-packed, portable and healthy breakfast. Simply mix the ingredients in a mason jar, pop it in the fridge the night before, and sleep like a baby knowing a healthy breakfast will be ready in the morning. All your family has to do is grab a spoon, top it off with their favorite fruits and enjoy!

Chia seeds are a great plant-based source of protein and fiber. Two tablespoons of chia seeds has roughly 10 grams of fiber and almost 5 grams of protein. That dynamic duo is great for keeping blood sugar levels stable and providing sustained energy — a fantastic way to start your morning on the right foot.

To make this recipe vegan, just use a plant-based milk and agave instead of honey.

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No-Cook Chia Oats

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup rolled quick oats
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice
  • 2-3 tablespoons honey or agave syrup
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds

Optional toppings

  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 teaspoon coconut shreds
  • 1 tablespoon nuts

Instructions

Add all ingredients into a bowl or a mason jar.

Cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours (best overnight).

Top with fruits, coconut shreds or nuts if desired.

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