While You Were Sleeping

Among my children’s less-than-lovely qualities: they treat breakfast time as if they are sitting in a diner with a thirty-page menu, and I am their chef, server, and dishwasher (who is, of course, also tasked with getting them dressed and washed and brushed and out the door by 8:35 on the dot with whatever toy absolutely must be carried to school and then carried back home with me, because toys aren’t allowed in school but no one seems to have internalized that fact).

One of them would like triple-berry pancakes with a side of bacon (extra crispy), and for the other only house-baked muffins and hand-churned cream will do (if you could just zest that fresh lemon real quick it’d be much appreciated, mama). And all of these things must be on the table right. Now. (I am kidding, obviously, but only a little. Seriously, they are SO SPECIFIC.)

I can’t do it. NO ONE could do it.

Enter: the Overnight Oats Breakfast Bar. I’m working with Bolthouse Farms on a couple of little projects at the moment, and decided to experiment by making a simple batch of overnight oats using their plant protein milk (which is vegan and made with 100% pea protein), and then giving it to my kids with a whole bunch of toppings so that they could be as specific and picky as their little hearts desired. Basically, they’d all get the same thing, but they’d *think* that they were each getting their own whatever-it-is-that-they-wanted. (Deception! Manipulation! These are the teachable moments, guys.)

I was expecting the breakfast bar to be delicious and fun and all, but I definitely wasn’t expecting it to be the massive hit that it turned out to be. They loved it. And the leftover toppings, FYI, make perfect additions to bento-style lunch boxes.

P.S. I love these photos so much. On that note, though, please rest assured that I do not actually separate out the toppings for my kids into sweetly mismatched bowls on the average morning; I may enjoy some adorable tablescape action, but not at the crack of dawn on a Wednesday.

P.P.S. Scroll on down for the recipe.

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What You Need:

  • ½ cup old-fashioned oats 
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds 
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ½ cup Bolthouse Farms® Plant Protein Milk (I used Unsweetened, but you can use a flavored version if you prefer a little extra sweetness)

What You Do:

Combine all ingredients in a large jar with a tight-fitting lid. Leave in refrigerator overnight, and remove cinnamon stick before serving. Add a little extra Bolthouse Plant Protein Milk to loosen, if necessary, and serve with assorted delicious things (what you see here: sliced fruit, extra brown sugar, raspberries…and crumbled-up Girl Scout Cookies, ba da daaaaaaaa).

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Bolthouse Farms is a sponsor of Ramshackle Glam. Photography by Kim Ebbets


  • Story

    You see. if one week you use Fairlife milk and then the next week you use Bolthouse Farms milk, everyone can tell that you only claim to use whichever company is paying you. Such a fakey fake Miss Authenticity.

    A whole life of fakery.

    • Amand

      But they are completely different products?! One is dairy milk and one is plant based milk.

      • jordanreid

        right. we’re not vegan at all, but I like the idea of introducing elements of a plant-based diet into our food in ways that feel accessible.

        • Amand

          Totally get that! We are not vegan either, but at any given time we have a plethora of milk products in the fridge because everyone prefers something different. Cashew milk, whole milk, soy creamer…we have it all lol!

          • sarah

            great breakfast idea – my 2 yr old is not into drinking milk at all – so we’re always trying to find ways to sneak in calcium.

          • Olivia

            Also, I always have both in my fridge, as my kids drink one thing and my sister and babysitters drink non-dairy. I also have NutPods and coconut milk and almond milk…maybe I hoard “milk,” come to think of it, LOL.

          • jordanreid


    • jordanreid

      I understand the criticism, but I have both in my refrigerator right this moment, and use them for different purposes (although I suppose some people would stick with one or the other, depending on their preferences). the plant protein milk is a different product – it’s a vegan product made with pea protein, as opposed to ultra-filtered cow’s milk, and is for people who want the calcium but prefer to limit or avoid dairy (or people who just like it in a vacuum, obviously). I’ve always said that one thing I really like about collaborating with new companies on posts is that I get to learn about (and then write about) products that I might not have ever known existed, and this was totally new to me.

    • Sarah

      I see no need for the mean comment, if I were in your shoes and felt as such, I’d simply go read another blogger.

  • m

    is that the color of the milk? It looks like orange juice?

    • jordanreid

      haha no, that’s actual orange juice. the milk is a creamy color though – you can see it in the shot where I’m pouring it into the oatmeal.

  • Olivia

    This is made like Halo Top, I think – both pea protein!