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Overnight Oats in a Jar: An Easy Make-Ahead Breakfast!

Overnight Oats in a Jar: An Easy Make-Ahead Breakfast!

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Say “hello” to a simply delicious breakfast that takes just minutes to make and is the perfect healthy option for busy families on the go!

During the busy Back-to-School Season, I’m a big fan of make-ahead breakfasts like Fruit-n-Yogurt Parfaits, On-the-Go Pancake Muffins, and Savory Sausage-n-Biscuit Nests. Having a few easy and delicious pre-prepared breakfast options on hand really saves time, and helps us stay on track with eating healthier.

Overnight oatmeal is definitely one of the easiest make-ahead breakfasts and they’re travel friendly too. Plus, these little jars of healthy, whole food goodness are absolutely scrumptious, making them a kid and adult favorite!

If you haven’t tried overnight oats yet, you might be thinking (like we did) … who on earth wants to eat cold oatmeal?! But honestly, it’s absolutely delicious! By soaking the oats overnight in your favorite naturally-sweetened milk, the oats become wonderfully soft. Adding a bit of dairy or non-dairy yogurt provides a healthy dose of probiotics. And a sprinkling of chia seeds helps to thicken it all, making the overnight oats oh-so-creamy!

Still, if you are a tried-n-true hot oatmeal lover, don’t be dissuaded. Once you've soaked your delicious creations overnight, you can easily warm them in the microwave (or on the stovetop) for a creamy hot breakfast! Trust me, it’s amazingly delicious, and quicker-n-easier too!

P.S. If you're concerned about how your family will feel about seeing little specks of black chia seeds in their oatmeal, you can always opt to use white chia seeds (like I've done in the strawberries-n-cream recipe below). White chia is a lot less noticeable and it's just as healthy and efficient in helping the oatmeal to thicken to a nice, creamy consistency. 

So with the new school year quickly approaching, I thought it would be a great time to share a few of our favorite classic overnight oatmeal blends. We’re certain your family will enjoy these tasty breakfasts in jar as much as we do! Wishing you a happy and healthy back-to-school season!

Looking for more quick-n-healthy breakfast recipes? Be sure to check out our "Easy Make-Ahead Breakfast Recipes Round Up."

How to Make Overnight Oats in a Jar!

Apples & Cinnamon Overnight Oatmeal

Ingredients:
1-2 Tbsp pure maple syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 cup unsweetened milk of choice
1/2 cup gluten-free rolled oats
1/4 cup plain non-dairy or dairy yogurt (learn to make your own)
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1/3 cup fine-diced apple
Pinch of salt
Optional: Raisins & walnut pieces

Instructions: In a medium bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, vanilla extract and cinnamon. Then, add the milk; whisk well to combine. Add the remaining ingredients. Using a large spoon, stir ingredients together until well blended. (Optional: Stir in two tablespoons of raisins and two tablespoons of walnut pieces.) Evenly divide the oat mixture between two 8oz mason jars and cover. Refrigerate overnight (or up to 5 days). Enjoy!

Banana Chocolate Chip Overnight Oatmeal

Ingredients:
3/4 cup unsweetened milk of choice
1-2 Tbsp pure maple syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup gluten-free rolled oats
1/4 cup plain non-dairy or dairy yogurt (learn to make your own)
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1/3 cup fine diced banana
2 Tbsp mini chocolate chips
Pinch of salt
Optional: Walnut pieces

Instructions: In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Add the remaining ingredients. Using a large spoon, stir ingredients together until well blended. (Optional: Stir in two tablespoons of walnut pieces.) Evenly divide the oat mixture between two 8oz mason jars and cover. Refrigerate overnight (or up to 5 days). Enjoy!

Strawberries & Cream Overnight Oatmeal

Ingredients:
3/4 cup unsweetened milk of choice
1-2 Tbsp pure honey
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup gluten-free rolled oats
1/4 cup plain non-dairy or dairy yogurt (learn to make your own)
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1/2 cup fine diced fresh strawberries
Pinch of salt
Optional: Almond slices

Instructions: In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk, honey and vanilla extract. Add the remaining ingredients. Using a large spoon, stir ingredients together until well blended. (Optional: Stir in two tablespoons of sliced almonds.) Evenly divide the oat mixture between two 8oz mason jars and cover. Refrigerate overnight (or up to 5 days). Enjoy!

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