Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But yet so many of us just press the snooze button waaaaayy too often and then hurry to work without having breakfast. Hands up if you’ve ever done that…
If your hand just went up then this How To Make Overnight Oats in a Jar Tutorial is for you. But if just the slightest thought of organisation has you shaking, then sorry, you’re doomed.
Well, onto the tutorial then.
The principle is simple: you add the oats the night before you want them, some kind of milk and your favourite toppings all in one glass and put them in the fridge. The milk gets soaked up by the oats and the next morning you have a delicious ready to eat breakfast waiting for you.
I’ve prepared a flexible step-by-step instruction for you. Actually it’s so simple, even Kat and Dave’s cats would know how to make overnight oats after looking at the photos.
How to make overnight oats in a jar
Step 1: Take a glass or a bowl and add a serving of old fashioned rolled oats (basic porridge oats work a treat too). Fill the glass as much as you think you’ll be able to eat the next morning. (Tip: if you prepare the overnight oats in a sealable glass/jar then you can take it with you to work in case you still run out of time in the morning. No excuses! Pro tip: add 1 tbsp of chia seeds for some omega-3s and even more protein).
Step 2: Now fill up the glass with liquid until the oats are well covered. Possible liquids: milk, soy milk, coconut milk, almond milk, rice milk, oat milk, orange juice. Whatever takes your fancy, really…
Step 3: It’s time to add your favourite toppings. Some ideas include: almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, cashew nuts, flax seeds, chia seeds, raisins, all kinds of berries, fruits like banana, cherries, apples or pears, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, nut butters, coconut flakes, greek yogurt, plain yogurt, the list goes on. If you like any of those suggestions with a little more crunch just add them in the morning.
Step 4: Refine the overnight cereal with your favorite spices; for example cinnamon, vanilla, cocoa powder, ginger powder, gingerbread spice (perfect in winter!), all work really well.
Step 5: Lid on top and off they hop to the fridge.
And that’s how you make overnight oats in a jar. Just get them out of the fridge the next morning, add a sweetener if that’s your thing (maple or agave syrup, honey, stevia) and enjoy!
Really the easiest thing in the world, isn’t it?
Basic Overnight Oats Recipe
An easy step by step tutorial on how to make overnight oats in a jar + 28 tasty recipes. A tasty and healthy way to have breakfast without much effort.
- 2 tsp chia seeds
- some slices of fruit (again, any are possible. Well, maybe not avocado. Or tomato.)
- all sorts of fresh or frozen berries
- Throw everything in a jar, screw the lid on top, shake, and off it goes into the fridge. The next morning add a dash of milk, a sweetener (if you want) and enjoy 🙂
Our 6 favourite Overnight Oats Recipes
We’ve experimented a lot with different oatmeal recipes over the last couple of years. Some results were amazing, some were not so good. But it was all worth it! Let us introduce you to our 6 favourite overnight oats recipes!
1. “Peachy Blinders”
What great combo of peaches, almonds, lemon juice and maple syrup. All goes really well together, refreshing and filling at the same time. Tip: once peaches are out of season substitute them for pears.
2. “Chocolate Banana Bonkers”
A beautiful mix of bananas, cacao powder and peanut butter. All three ingredients are known for their “affinity” to each other. You’ll taste what I mean!
Mix the mashed banana with the cacao powder.
To make it look nice first layer half of the oats and milk, then add a layer of the banana mix. Repeat. Finish off the oatmeal with a dollop of peanut butter.
3. “Tropic Thunder”
Get in a proper batch of tropical vibes every morning! Pineapple goes so well with coconut and vanilla, you wouldn’t believe. An excellent choice of milk would be rice or coconut milk since it complements nicely with the other ingredients as well.
For extra fanciness: blend the pineapple together with the vanilla extract and coconut flakes.
Layer oats and milk and pineapple mash one after each other.
4. “Apple Inc.”
This flavour combo just can’t go wrong. Cinnamon, apple sauce and oats work so well together, it’ll take a long long time till you get finally tired of it 😉
5. “Blueberry Cheesecake”
Who doesn’t like cheesecake? Nobody. And who doesn’t agree blueberry cheesecakes are the best of cheesecakes? Nobody. And this is why we tried to resemble this delicious treat fro breakfast. And I have to say it worked very well. Try out this delish combo of blueberries, lemon, yogurt and maple syrup. You won’t be disappointed!
6. “Grapes ‘N Roses”
Another excellent combination of foods that match very well together: Grapes + Walnuts + Yogurt + Cinnamon = win! And on top of that the shot turned out really nice as well. A true oatmeal beauty.
Add all ingredients into a jar and place it in the fridge. Hold on for a couple of hours. Then enjoy 🙂
Overnight Oats in a Jar FAQ
1. How far in advance can I make them?
Depending on what ingredients you take the overnight oats stay fresh for 2-3 days. This means that you can prepare 2 or even 3 servings at once and have breakfast ready in no time for several days in a row! Niceeee.
2. How long do the oats have to soak before I can eat them?
Ideally let them sit for eight hours, but they should be fine after around four hours.
3. How do you eat them?
Have them cold right of the fridge, or throw them in the microwave for a minute or two. We also find a spoon is helpful.
4. What kind of glasses/jars are ideal?
Any jar, really. Just use some empty pickles jars to start off with. If you want to go the fancy pants way, get some beautiful mason jars (Amazon Link) to flash them off in the library or at work. And if you’re looking for a really cool present, then you need to check out these overnight oats jars with a recipe printed on from my blogging friend Sophia!
5. Can I use steel-cut oats?
Yep! They may be a little more chewy than usual, but a great trick is to leave the jar outside of the fridge for a few hours first. Soaking in room temperature will speed up the softening process.
6. Can I use yoghurt instead of milk?
Sure! Kust make sure you give it all a good stir or pop the lid on tightly and give the whole thing a solid shake.
7. Can I use water instead of milk?
Err, yep. It won’t taste that exciting though!
8. Do I add milk when I make them, or in the morning?
That’s up to you, but we recommend the evening. The longer the ingredients have to soak, the softer they’ll be. If you use chia seeds, then definitely add milk the night before!
9. Can I add protein powder to my overnight oats in a jar?
Definitely! You’ll want to add a little more liquid though and give them a good shake/stir to avoid lumps.
10. Can I use frozen fruits?
Yes! They’re perfect, and will thaw overnight.
11. Do I need to put the jar in the fridge, or can I keep them out?
Definitely depends how warm it is! For one night that should be fine – much longer and they’ll go bad, we wouldn’t recommend!
12. What’s the difference between rolled oats and oatmeal? I’m confused!
Don’t panic, they’re the same thing, and are ideal for overnight oats 🙂
Any more questions? Pop them in the comments please and we’ll help however we can!
If you don’t, we do have some questions 😀
- Do you have overnight oats for breakfast?
- If not, what’s your everyday breakfast?
- And finally, what’s your favourite kitchen tip? We want to know what turns a tiresome chore into a beacon of delight. Let us know in the comments below; just hit reply.
Need even more recipes?
First and foremost I’d like to recommend the cookbook OATrageous Oatmeals by my blogging friend Kathy Hester. It’s not only overnight oats, but you’ll find all sorts of recipes with oats as the star of the show. Plus, that’s one of the best cookbook names I’ve heard so far, haha 😀
But let me introduce you to 29 scrumptious and healthy overnight oats recipes as well.
- Kat’s Vegan Overnight Oats in a Jar
- Key Lime Pie Overnight Oats
- Pumpkin Persimmon Overnight Oats
- Blueberry Lemon Overnight Oats Parfait
- Cherry Almond Overnight Oats Parfait
- Banana Blueberry Overnight Oats
- Cinnamon Apple Overnight Oats
- Almond Joy Overnight Oats
- Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oats
- Raspberry Almond Overnight Oats
- Banana Bread Overnight Oats
- Salted Turtle Overnight Oats Chocolate Dates and Pecans
- Raspberry Almond Overnight Oats Recipe
- Tropical Overnight Oats
- Red White and Blue Overnight Oats
- Raspberry Jam Overnight Oats
- Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oats
- Make Ahead Fruit Yogurt Breakfast Parfaits
- My Favourite Overnight Oats
- Recipe Coconut Mango Overnight Oatmeal
- How to Master Overnight Oats Chia Bowls
- Blueberry Muffin Batter Overnight Oats
- Healthy Breakfast Ideas Overnight Oats
- Vegan Overnight Oats
- Healthy Pumpkin Pie Breakfast Oats
- Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats
- Cinnamon Date Overnight Oats
- Superfood Overnight Oats
- Cinnamon Roll Spice Oatmeal
Before you go check out a similarly practical idea for lunch: we created a really thorough guide on How to Pack a Salad in a Jar. Enjoy!
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