Overnight Oats in the Mason Jar: A Winning Snack or Breakfast!

I have a new favorite way to make oatmeal that I use as a meal or snack. I use a mason jar, add oats, liquid (see my recipe below) nuts and fruit, shake, then store in the refrigerator, or pack in an insulated cooler/bag to take with you. I find it takes about an hour for the ingredients to mix and for the oats to absorb the liquid. Most times I make it the night before. While you can microwave the oatmeal in the jar (after removing the cap and lid), I actually enjoy the texture of eating it cold. It makes the perfect portable meal or snack for people on the go!

Tips from Quaker Oats:

  • For best results, let oats soak in the fridge for a full 8 hours so they can absorb all the liquid. Of course, a few hours is OK too.
  • Use a one-to-one ratio of raw oats and your choice of milk, yogurt, or any other dairy substitutes.
  • For a more crunchy, textured breakfast, set some toppings aside to add in the morning.
  • Achieve maximum texture with Old Fashioned Rolled Oats. Although, we won't stop you from trying it with Instant or Steel Cut Oats, too!
  • Overnight Oats taste delicious in any container, so mix it up with mason jars, mugs, even hollowed out fruit!
  • Frozen fruit toppings work especially well when soaking overnight - as they "thaw", the delicious juices are released into the oats!

Source: http://www.quakeroats.com/cooking-and-recipes/overnightoats

 Tricia’s simple recipe:

Overnight Oatmeal Blueberry Delight

¼   cup old fashioned oats
¼  cup milk (dairy, soy, etc.)
1/3 cup blueberries
8 pecans

217 calories, 24 g carbs, 7 g protein, 12 g fa