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Make Ahead Oatmeal in A Jar

I’m a big fan of make ahead recipes. Last week I made “Salad in a Jar”. I was pleased with the results.  Today I tried the Oatmeal in a Jar also called Refrigerator Oatmeal.

Update: I love having breakfast ready when I wake up. I make these every week now! I use 1/2 pint jelly jars for individual servings.

This is a super healthy breakfast. I made 5 pint jars of oatmeal in about 20 minutes and now I have yummy nutritious breakfast for the next five days (and no new messes!).

Gather Your Ingredients & Jars

  • 5 or 6 pint-sized jars (half pints for single servings, adjust accordingly)
  • Oatmeal: I use slightly cooked Steel Cut Oatmeal. You can also use uncooked Old Fashion Oatmeal
  • Sweetener: I used Steiva
  • Fruit: I use apples, mango,  dried cherries
  • Nuts: I used pecans
  • Yogurt: I used Greek Vanilla (high in protein, calcium)
  • Milk: I used Almond Milk  (Coconut works well too).
  • Chia Seeds(Super food- of fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, a complete protein, 6 g of  fiber per T.)
  • Hemp Hearts (power food- a complete protein,  more Omega 3 Essential Fats than any fish, 1 g. fiber per T)
  • Cinnamon ( teaspoon of cinnamon contains 28 mg of calcium, almost one mg of iron, over a gram of fiber, and quite a lot of vitamins C, K, and manganese)

Slightly Cook Steel Cut Oatmeal

Steel cut oats are healthier than rolled oats.  While rolled oats are steamed, rolled, re-steamed and toasted, steel-cut oats do not go through this additional processing that cause them to lose flavor.  Steel cut oats maintain their natural flavor and texture. 

Bring oats, water and salt to boil and simmer 3 to 5 minutes. Normally you cook it 30 minutes.

  • 4 cups water
  •  1 2/3 cup Steal Cuts Oats
  • Pinch Salt

Prepare the Fruit

Oatmeal in a Jar Recipe

I found several recipes online an adapted a few to make mine. There are so many items you can add to this recipe:  dried coconut, granola, dried fruits, ground flax-seed, honey, figs,  etc.
(I was surprised how many people use sugar. It’s just a shame to add sugar to such a healthy recipe.)

Layer Ingredients into the Jars

  • 1/2 cup steel cut oatmeal (cook according to direction above) or 1/2 raw Old Fashioned Oatmeal
  • 1/4- 1/3 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/4- 1/2 milk (almond or coconut)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon chi seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon Hemp Hearts
  • Handful of  fruit (apples, mangoes,raisins, strawberries, blueberries,  etc)
  • Handful of nuts (pecans, walnuts, pine nuts, almonds, etc.)
  • Sweetener (1/2 to 2 teaspoons Steiva or honey or maple syrup or agave nectar)

If you aren’t sure how much sweetener to use wait until you taste it the next day to add sweeter.

Seal the jar and shake. Store in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours. The next morning you can et the oatmeal chilled or heat until warm.

I made 2 jars mango and pecans, 2 jars with apples and pecans and 1 jar with dried cherries and pecans. I had some apple and mango chunks left over and ate them with yogurt for a snack.

Number of Servings?

Use pint jars for one or two adult servings. If you are  serving little ones a pint could feed several toddlers. Make quart jars for family size.

This is so full of fiber it is an excellent food for weight loss.

Nutritional Values

Approximate 230, 3.9g, 37.4g, 12.6g per cup.
Adults need to try to eat 25 to 30 grams of fiber each day. (If you can eat this much fiber daily  no calorie-counting required to lose weight.
What’s your favorite oatmeal ingredient?

 

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  1. Bobbi says:

    BRILLIANT idea! Am definitely going to be putting some jars together this weekend! What a great quick breakfast fix. I’m always looking for easy, quick, healthy things to have in the mornings before work. This is the kinda thing I can take with me and eat!

  2. Kim says:

    You mentioned that it would be ready to eat in about 8 hours, how long would it last? Do you know if you could freeze it? Thanks for the great idea!

  3. Kim says:

    Do you have to use jars, or would pastic containers work, as well?

  4. Christine says:

    Recipe says 1/3 greek yogurt and 1/2 milk. Are these cups or 1/3 of the jar?

  5. Tricia says:

    This is how we do ours. Sometimes we will mix it with with just almond milk and a bit of yogurt and then blend into a smoothie the next morning and add some some fruit and hemp seeds!

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