Nothing, and I mean nothing gets my day started better than waking up before kids in order to enjoy a little bit of breakfast. While I consider myself a fly by the seat of my pants kinda gal, one thing in my life has remained a constant in my life – Quaker Oats.

As child my mom would prepare my almost daily bowl of  Quaker Old Fashioned oatmeal, side of fruit and chocolate milk with a chalky Flintstones vitamin on the side. I ate this meal religiously, and happily! It was my favorite, and 30 years later Quaker Oats oatmeal is STILL a family favorite. It’s my quick yet healthy go to meal for breakfast, and sometimes lunch and dinner.

While we greatly enjoy flavors like Maple & Brown Sugar, Apple & Cinnamon to Raisins & Spice, there’s something about Quaker Old Fashioned Oats that feels like a warm bowl of home. But unlike my breakfast 30 years ago, today there are ways of making something that’s already great, even better!

It started when I felt the breakfast god’s smile down on me as I randomly received a shout out from Quaker Oats saying they wanted to send me a gift. I didn’t know how they found me or why I was chosen. All I knew I was pretty sure they were gonna send me my favorite food of all time, little did Quaker know, they hit jackpot when reaching out to me.

When that gift was more than what I had originally expected. First off, it was heavy. I thought it was several months supply, to which I would have been utterly grateful. But something more was in that box. There staring back at me was an old fashioned wooden crate filled with 2 canisters of Quaker Old Fashioned Oats, a ceramic mug, tote bag, a fancy decorative cloth napkin, 2 Quaker mason jars, a small spoon, eye mask and 6 recipe cards.

Quaker Old Fashioned Oats


It was a box of comfort food and ways to help me enjoy it. They did everything but cook it for me.

While my entire family enjoys Quaker oatmeal this box of relaxation would be completely indulged by me. Well, most of it. Kids never let you fully enjoy everything. And since sharing is caring…

Anyhoo, out of everything it was the recipe cards that got me the most excited. They provided six new ways for me to enjoy my morning meal. They are super easy and take no more than 10 minutes to prepare. You prep them the night before giving you more time to enjoy it the next day.

The next time you’re at your local grocer get some of these ingredients and try one or more of these yourself.

Summer Berry Overnight Oats – (single serving)
1/3 cup Quaker Old Fashioned Oats
1/3-1/2 cup of milk of choice
1/3 cup mixed berries
1 tbsp of chia seeds
pinch of cinnamon
1/3 cup of plain Greek yogurt
Pinch of kosher salt

Once everything is mixed in 1 bowl and stirred place in the fridge overnight. In the morning top with something with crunch and something with healthy fats – like nut butter or nuts.

Blueberry Banana Overnight Oats – (single serving)
1/2 cup of Quaker Old Fashioned Oats
1/2 cup low fat milk
1/3 cup sliced bananas
1/2 cup blueberries
1 tsp of chia seeds
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp honey

Combine oats with milk and vanilla. Add a layer of blueberries and banana slices. Top with chia seeds and drizzle honey. Refrigerate overnight enjoy in the morning.

Pina Colada Overnight Oats – (single serving)
1/2 cup Quaker Old Fashioned Oats
1/2 cup low fat milk
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp shredded coconut
1/4 cup diced pineapples

Make a foundation of Quaker Old Fashioned Oats and milk in a jar. Toss in honey, coconut and pineapple and refrigerate overnight. In the morning top with almonds or something crunchy.

Quaker Old Fashioned Oats

Peanut Butter Overnight Oats – (single serving)
1/2 cup Quaker Old Fashioned Oats
1/2 cup low fat milk
1/4 cup sliced bananas
1/2 tsp chia seeds
1/2 cinnamon
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp creamy peanut butter
1 tbsp honey

Combine Quaker Old Fashioned Oats with milk, vanilla extract, chia seeds and cinnamon. Alternate between layers of peanut butter and layers of sliced banana. Drizzle honey. Place in refrigerator to soak and enjoy in the morning.

Overnight Oats Banana Split – (single serving)
1/3 cup Quaker Old Fashioned Oats
1/3 cup of milk of choice
1 tbsp chocolate nut or seed butter
1 (or more) tbsp Quaker Real Medley’s Dark Chocolate with Almond Granola
1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
Sprinkle of cinnamon
Drizzle of chocolate sauce
Pinch of salt
1 Ripe banana
3 cherries

In a jar or bowl, combine Quaker Old Fashioned Oats with Greek yogurt, milk, salt and cinnamon and allow to sit overnight. Mix the chocolate nut or seed butter with a few tablespoons of milk. Set overnight. In the morning assemble banana split by pouring overnights oat mixture onto banana, and adding granola, chocolate sauce and cherries.

S’mores Overnight Oats – (single serving)
1/2 Quaker Old Fashioned Oats
1/2 cup low fat milk
1tbsp marshmallow
1 graham cracker
1 tbsp chocolate chips

In a jar, mix Quaker Old Fashioned Oats with low fat milk, and place in fridge overnight. The next morning, top off with chocolate chips, marshmallows and graham cracker. Enjoy an old favorite snack inside, minus the campfire.

I’m going to be heading to the market this weekend so I’m gonna try at least 2 of these. I’ll prep the night before and taste test in real time on Snapchat so follow me there so you don’t miss it!

*The complementary gift box I received from Quaker Oats included all items shown (excluding the bowl). All thoughts are my own.

Author: Mommy R+R

Valerie Pierre is the owner and content creator for Mommy R+R. She is a lover of food, wine & cuss words. She resides in Brooklyn, NY with her comic nerd husband and their two kids. Valerie is also Co-Owner of Sisterhued. A digital collective that showcases women of color in positive lights. She also contributes pieces to MomCave TV, Fit Noire and Football, Food & Motherhood.


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  1. Lately, I’ve gotten into overnight oats. These recipes, especially the blueberry, sounds good!

    Posted on August 2, 2016 at 12:10 pm
  2. Great recipes! I eat oatmeal every morning too, but I eat those instant packets. I will definitely be giving a few of these recipes a try!

    Posted on August 2, 2016 at 1:31 pm