Overnight Oatmeal Jars!Have you tried them yet?
I thought I might be the last one…
So I finally started experimenting with them, and now I wonder what took me so long. These are brilliant!And since we now have our favorite flavor combos, I thought I might as well share them here…
You know, in case any of you could use some fresh morning INSPO… Because it’s officially back to school time, and if there is one thing I will never forget about the few years I sent my boys off to (real) school — it is the morning madness!!! The making breakfast, the packing lunches, the signing allofthepapers, the stuffing of the backpacks, and the just trying to make it out the door on time. (which rarely happened.)
And I really think these little oatmeal jars could can make a big difference on busy school mornings.
Or before games on the weekend?
First of all: Oatmeal! One of the healthiest foods in the world.
Second of all: Toppings!? Endless.
Third: Transportable! You can take them out the door with you! In the car. On the bus. You name it.
Note on cold vs. hot oats: If you, like me, are used to eating hot oats, it might take a little mental adjustment to dive into a jar of cold oats. But once you do, you’ll really love them. Especially with all of the fun toppings (below.) You just gotta have an open mind!
The basic recipe for overnight oatmeal jars:
Grab a jar (or any container you like), and combine equal parts real oats (I used 1/2 cup Bob’s red mill, organic) and milk of choice (I used 1/2 cup almond milk in most of these.) Note: For younger kids 1/4 cup of each should be plenty…
Add your toppings. (see below) Cover and refrigerate over night.
Wake up, stir your jar, and enjoy!
**Option, for warm oats: Stir, scoop contents into a bowl, heat, and pour a little extra milk on top!
There are countless ways you can top your oatmeal jars, but here are our favorite five so far…
PAPAYA/YOGURT/HONEY drizzle. (Sub fresh peaches for the papaya if you have them!) -Make oatmeal/milk base, then slice up papaya, peaches, mango or any fruit you like, spread a layer of vanilla, plain, or fruit yogurt on top, then add a drizzle of honey. Mmmmm! CHOCOLATE PROTEIN/BANANA/CHOCOLATE CHIPS. Combine chocolate protein powder with almond milk and oats for the base. Add sliced bananas, and just a sprinkle of chocolate chips. BLUEBERRY/YOGURT/HONEY. Make oatmeal/milk base. Then layer some plump blueberries (or any berry you like!) and a layer of yogurt on top. Drizzle with honey. Nuts go great on this one too! BANANA/PEANUT BUTTER/WALNUT. (This is a family favorite!) Combine oatmeal and milk. Then add a layer sliced bananas. Next spread a thin (or thick-why not?) layer of peanut or almond butter on top, and finish with a good layer of nuts of choice. A little honey or agave on top is great here too!COFFEE/YOGURT/FIG AND ALMOND. (my idea…hehe.)
For the base: mix oatmeal with equal parts coffee and milk, then top with a layer of vanilla yogurt, and chopped figs and almonds. Coffee lovers will love it! (Add some sweetener to the coffee if you like it sweeter!)Oatmeal jars are super fun for kids to wake up to. It can take away a bit of the morning madness… Even if it doesn’t help with the morning hair…
Go gather some fun toppings, and try these overnight oatmeal jars ! Then let me know what yo think.
And meanwhile, share in comments!? WHAT DO YOU FEED YOUR FAMILY ON RUSHED MORNINGS?
With much Aloha,
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