My mornings are insane. I’ve got one kid who is so peppy and cheerful in the morning it’s annoying, another who need to be dragged out of bed by his toes, and a third who stumbles out of his room to collapse face first on the couch and proceeds to wail for the next twenty minutes about how tired he is. Trying to get this crew fed and dressed is tough enough and then comes the daily Shoe Hunt before we have a prayer of getting out the door.
Recently I discovered Overnight Oatmeal Jars and they have been a life-saver to grab quickly on my way out the door so I have a filling, healthy lunch with me at work. These are also perfect for a kick-start breakfast on the go! With a little prep the night before, you can stock your fridge with a variety of jars that will carry you through the entire week.
Basic Ingredients Needed
Most oatmeal jar recipes involve a handful of staple ingredients, so I try to make sure I have a good stock of all these on hand and I can usually come up with a new jar variation in a pinch.
- Steel cut or rolled oats
- Milk (almond, soy, coconut, regular milk, whatever your pleasure!)
- Chia seeds (adds protein & makes them extra filling)
- Greek Yogurt (I use the Fage Fruyo Greek Yogurt with Vanilla)
As a general rule of thumb, you want to put about twice as much liquid as oats in the jar and to make sure that you remember that chia seeds absorb a LOT of liquid. For every teaspoon of chia seeds you add, you should add about a tablespoon of liquid.
Now, on with three of my recent favorite recipes!
This one is probably my favorite oatmeal jar because I adore the flavors of blueberries and cinnamon together. You can modify this one a lot of ways by substituting mixed berries for the blueberries, substituting coconut yogurt for the vanilla, or adding almonds or walnuts into the mix. Experiment a little to find the right combo for you!
- 6 oz Greek yogurt
- 1/3 cup steel cut oats, uncooked
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- 3 Tablespoons milk (almond, coconut, soy, cow, etc.)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Fresh blueberries (frozen works fine too)
- granola (optional)
- In a bowl, combine yogurt, oats, chia seeds, milk and cinnamon. Stir.
- Spoon half of the mixture into a wide-mouth mason jar or other glass jar with lid.
- Add a layer of blueberries then spoon on remaining yogurt mixture. Top with more blueberries.
- Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- Serve cold, top with granola (optional).
Oh my word. This one is so delicious. It’s sweet and creamy and satisfying and so hearty. It is hard for me to finish the whole jar, but I usually do simply because I can’t bring myself to leave any behind. Bonus points if you eat it while standing in the middle of a chaotic living room that desperately needs dusting.
- 1/4 cup steel cut oats
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2/3 cup milk (I love an almond/coconut mix for this one)
- splash of vanilla
- 1/2 ripe banana, slicked
- 1 tbsp natural peanut butter or almond butter
- 1 tsp maple syrup (the real stuff, pretty please)
- granola or pecans (optional)
- In a wide-mouth mason jar, combine oats, chia seeds, cinnamon, almond milk, and vanilla. Shake gently to combine.
- Cover and chill in refrigerator overnight.
- Before serving, microwave sliced banana and peanut butter (or almond butter) until bananas are softened and the nut butter is softened. Add to chilled oats.
- Drizzle maple syrup on top, finish with granola or pecans (optional). Stir to combine.
- This makes a pretty thick, hearty oatmeal consistency. If you like your oats a little more loose, increase the milk by 1 to 2 tablespoons.
Looking for a way to start your day off with a kick? Or maybe come lunch time you are struggling to stay awake and need a pick-me-up? Use the leftover coffee from the pot you brewed in the morning to make this jar before you go to bed and you’ll have yourself a super-power charged oatmeal jar ready to go in the morning. Magic, I tell you.
- 1/2 cup steel cut oats
- 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons chia seeds
- 1/2 ripe banana, slides and chopped
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup or honey
- 1/2 cup brewed coffee
- 1/4 cup milk (almond is great in here!)
- Brew coffee.
- Add oats, cocoa powder and chia seeds to a wide-mouth mason jar.
- Add in banana, honey and coffee.
- Cover and shake until combined.
- Chill overnight in refrigerator or at least for 6 hours.
- Enjoy cold or warm!
Whip up a few of these beauties before you go to bed at night and you will have several meals ready to go in the morning. I hope you love them! Leave us a comment if you give any of these recipes a try. What are your favorites?