Breakfast Recipes

Quick and Healthy Breakfast: Overnight Oats in a Jar

overnight oats

I am one of those people who has to scrape every last morsel of peanut butter out of the jar before opening a new one. So I love making peanut salad dressing or sauce right in the jar, and was excited to find this Overnight Oats in a Jar idea from some other food bloggers. This “oatmeal” isn’t hot, but it’s every bit as satisfying, and I think creamier and more interesting.  Plus, you make it the night before, so there’s no sleepy-eyed morning food prep.

Overnight Oats in a Jar
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  • Empty jar of nut butter
  • ⅓-1/2 cup rolled oats or any other uncooked hot cereal grains
  • ½ cup milk or milk substitute
  • a few spoonfuls of yogurt
  • and any combination of the following:
  • Sliced banana or other chopped fruit
  • Fresh or frozen berries
  • Raisins, Craisins, or other dried fruit
  • Flaked or shredded coconut
  • Chia seeds, flax seeds, or wheat germ
  • Honey, maple syrup, or fruit preserves
  1. To start you need an almost-empty jar of nut butter
  2. Add the rolled oats, milk and yogurt to the jar
  3. Then add any combination of the ingredients above to the jar, stir and place it in the fridge overnight. In the morning you’ll have a creamy cold-version-of-hot cereal to enjoy.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1

overnight oats in a jar

Recently, I’ve been making overnight oats with 1/3 cup rolled oats and 2 Tbsp Qia, a new cereal made of chia and hemp seeds, buckwheat groats (a gluten-free grain that’s unrelated to wheat), almonds, cranberries, and vanilla:

overnight oats

overnight oats

Looks kind of like birdseed but it makes overnight oats even tastier and more nutritious (though not very photo worthy).

overnight oats

Even the most discerning palates agree 😉

overnight oats

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  • Caroline
    November 27, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    Love overnight oats! Chia makes them extra thick too

  • Amelia
    November 29, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    I recently discovered this and will never go back – yum!

  • Sarah
    December 29, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    Looks good! What is nutrition info.? I cannot see it when I pull up this page.

  • Amelia Winslow
    January 1, 2016 at 8:56 am

    Hi Sarah – I don’t usually provide the nutrition info on my recipes. I’ll take your request into consideration though!

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