This Overnight Oat for Baby is the easiest, healthy breakfast for your little one. Plus, it’s super easy to make ahead and perfect for busy mums.
My little one love overnight oats but doesn’t like the coarse texture of oats, so I still make this baby overnight oat for him. It’s creamy and smooth and tastes a bit like vanilla pudding.
What’s Overnight Oat For Baby?
Baby Overnight Oats use the same ingredients as the classic overnight oats but in a thinner texture to make them creamy and smooth for babies to swallow.
It’s much cheaper than store-bought oatmeal baby food and so nutritious.
How To Make Overnight Oat For Baby
This baby overnight oat recipe is pretty easy to make in a single batch or larger batch as it stores very well in the fridge to make ahead days of baby breakfast.
All you need to prepare overnight oats for your little one are:
- Oat Flour – It’s basically old-fashioned oats blended into fine flour.
- Quick Oats – This adds texture to the oatmeal without adding too big chunks from old-fashioned oats, which could be a choking hazard for babies.
- Chia Seeds – this adds healthy fats, fiber, and plant-based proteins too. It’s a great addition to add a creamy texture to overnight oats.
- Dairy-Free Milk or breastmilk or any milk you love – I personally like fortified soy milk as my kids won’t drink much cow milk.
- Fruit or veggie puree like mashed banana, unsweetened applesauce, strawberry puree, blueberry puree, or even pumpkin puree.
Making Oat Flour
Oat flour is made by blending oats, and it gives a creamy texture to these baby oats with no chunks.
Place one cup of old-fashioned or quick oats in a blender and blend them for 30 seconds on high speed to make your own oat flour.
Store your oat flour in a glass or airtight plastic container for 3 months.
Preparing Overnight Oats
In a large bowl, stir all the ingredients together: oat flour, quick oat, chia seeds, mashed banana, and milk.
Film the bowl with plastic wrap and store it in the fridge overnight.
The next day, divide the batch into small mason jars so you can keep some for later in the fridge.
Store the sealed mason jar in the fridge for up to 3 days.
This recipe is very versatile, and you can create a range of flavors by:
- Using different fruits puree flavors.
- Adding nut butter to boost plant-based protein and healthy fats like peanut butter or almond butter. For a nut-free version, add sunflower seed butter.
- Adding spices like ginger or cinnamon.
- Adding a sweetener for older kids like maple syrup, it’s a healthy sweetener as it’s refined sugar-free.
- Using Frozen Berries – stir a few tablespoons of whole berries or mash them for a thinner texture and blend them in.
The great thing about this recipe, you can adapt and create a range of fun flavors by adding only a few ingredients.
- Peanut Butter Banana – Use mashed banana and add 2 teaspoons of natural peanut butter.
- Cinnamon Apple – Use unsweetened applesauce and add 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon.
- Strawberry Coconut – Use coconut milk and strawberry puree, and add 2 teaspoons of ultra-fine unsweetened desiccated coconut.
- Chocolate – Use mashed banana and 2 teaspoons of unsweetened cocoa powder.
- Blueberry Lemon – Use blueberry puree with 1 teaspoon of lemon juice.
- Mango Coconut – Use coconut milk and mango puree.
Some of you might have food allergies, so here are some options:
- Chia Seed-Free – You can replace chia seeds with ground flaxseeds or just leave them out. But, if you skip it, the texture won’t be as creamy and will be more liquid. Chia seeds contain a lot of fiber that soaks up the liquid in overnight oats recipes. If you skip it, you may need more oat flour or less milk to keep the texture right.
- Dairy-Free – Use any dairy-free milk you like.
- Gluten-Free – Many brands of oats are gluten-free certified.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are my answers to your most common questions about this baby breakfast recipe.
Can I Skip Quick Oats?
Yes, for a smoother texture, you can skip the quick oats and add an equivalent of extra oat flour.
For a coarser texture, swap quick oats for rolled oats.
Can I Freeze Overnight Oats?
Yes, you can freeze the oats for up to one month.
The best for baby food is to freeze it in small portions. I found that an ice cube tray with a lid is the best option because you can release just one at a time. Thaw in the fridge the day before.
Are Overnight Oats Safe For Babies?
Overnight oats themselves are often too chunky for babies.
But, if you blend the oats or use finer oats, like quick oats, you can prepare a baby-friendly overnight oats recipe like the one suggested below.
Can I Add Sweeteners?
It’s not recommended to add sugar to a baby’s food, at least during their first year.
But for a toddler, it’s okay to sweeten the recipe using natural options like maple syrup or coconut nectar.
Did you try this baby overnight oat recipe for your little one? Share a comment or review below.
Overnight Oat For Baby
- ¼ cup Oat Flour (note 1)
- 3 tablespoons Quick Oats not old-fashioned, (note 2)
- 1 teaspoon Chia Seeds
- ½ cup Milk of Choice (note 3)
- 3 tablespoons Mashed Banana (note 4)
- Combine all the ingredients into a small bowl. Film the bowl with plastic wrapping and refrigerate overnight.
- The next day, thin out with more milk if desired or serve as is.
- Serve plain or stir berries for older babies ready for chunky food.
- Store for up to 2 days in a sealed jar in the fridge.