Overnight Oats

Breakfast time during the work week has always been a struggle for me.  I would much rather sleep than take the time to make some food.  On a typical morning, I do my morning routine and leave with my “commuters breakfast” (coffee + pop tart or toast).

Now, AJ (my husband) leaves for work at 5am (whoa!) and has the same struggle.   But breakfast is super important to his day … so we have been making overnight oats for a few months now.

I googled a few recipes and picked the easiest.  (Just keeping it real).   Now, it’s part of the Sunday schedule – pull out the oats, fruit and milk and start assembling.    I’ve added some tips / hints to the bottom of the post.

If you need to up your mason jar stash to make a full week, here are the ones we bought. (The 12oz jars)

Prep & Creation looks a little like an assembly line in our house since I usually make 7-8 jars at at time.  It looks like this:

  • Chop / Slice fruits and arrange around my mixing bowl.  Also off to the side are the bonus items (chia, flax, cinnamon, etc) and milk.

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  • Start with the oats mixture for one jar.  Add oats and any of the dry stuff into a mixing bowl or large measuring cup and mix with a fork or spoon.    Funnel into your jar.
  • Add the fruit to the top, then any nuts if you want now.  (Some like to add at the time of eating so they are more crisp).
  • Add the liquid … slowly ….
  • Cover with the lid and give a good shake.  Set aside
  • Repeat until all your jars are full.

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  • Add a rubber band + plastic spoon
  • Shake one more time as you load them into the fridge.

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Here is the basic recipe:

  • 1/2 cup dry oats
  • 1 cup water or milk
  • fruit of choice
  • cinnamon (optional)
  • nutmeg (optional)
  • 1 T ground flax (optional)
  • 1 T chia seeds (optional)
  • nuts or peanut butter (optional)
    1. Combine everything into a bowl (or jar) except for nuts if you want to keep them crunchy. Stir.
    2. Set in fridge overnight
    3. Eat in the morning! Eat cold or heat up if desired.
  • {{I wouldn’t store more than seven days. }}
    Variations:

    • Fruit: apples, banana, nectarine, blueberries, strawberries… anything
    • Liquid: Use Water or Milk; Add Yogurt to thicken
    • Sweeteners: you can put some maple syrup, honey or jam
    • Healthy fats: flax, nuts, peanut butter, other nut butters
    • Add on top in morning: cereal, granola, nuts, raisins, additional fruit
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