Mason Jar Overnight Oats Recipe

mason jar overnight oats

Embarking on a journey to craft the perfect Mason Jar Overnight Oats, I’ve delved deep into the alchemy of flavors and textures, marrying health with convenience in a way that feels both revolutionary and deeply comforting. The quiet hum of the early morning, the world still wrapped in a slumberous embrace, and there you are, greeted by a ready-made breakfast that feels like a hug in a jar.

Overnight oats in a Mason jar encapsulate the essence of simplicity and nourishment. Through trial, error, and a dash of culinary magic, I’ve honed this recipe to a fine art, ensuring that each spoonful is a testament to the care and thought woven into its creation. It’s a recipe that caters not just to the body but to the soul, offering a canvas for creativity and personalization.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Old-fashioned Rolled Oats: These are not just any oats; they are the canvas, absorbing the flavors, melding them into a texture that’s both comforting and satisfying.
  • 1/2 cup Greek Yogurt: Creamy and luscious, it introduces a tangy contrast, adding depth and creaminess to the mix.
  • 1/2 cup Almond Milk: A gentle, nutty liquid that binds the oats and yogurt, lending a smooth and silky texture that makes every spoonful a delight.
  • 1 tablespoon Chia Seeds: Tiny yet mighty, these seeds swell up, offering little bursts of texture and a powerhouse of nutrients.
  • 1 tablespoon Honey: Nature’s nectar, it drizzles sweetness throughout, balancing the tang of the yogurt and the earthiness of the oats.
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Berries (choose from strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries): These are the jewels in the crown, bursting with freshness, their vibrant colors and flavors dancing on the palate.
  • 2 tablespoons Sliced Almonds: Adding a delightful crunch, their nutty flavor complements the berries and oats, rounding off each bite.
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract: A whisper of vanilla weaves through the oats, a subtle hint that elevates the entire concoction, infusing it with warmth and aroma.
mason jar overnight oats

How to Make This Mason Jar Overnight Oats Recipe

  • Gather Your Ingredients: Begin by assembling all your ingredients. This act of preparation not only simplifies the process but also infuses a sense of calm and readiness into your culinary adventure.
  • Choose Your Jar: Select a Mason jar or any similar glass jar with a lid. The size should be large enough to accommodate the expansion of the oats and the layers of your ingredients, typically around 16 ounces.
  • Layering the Base: Pour 1/2 cup of old-fashioned rolled oats into your jar. These oats will swell overnight, creating a creamy and tender base for your breakfast.
  • Adding Liquids: To the oats, add 1/2 cup of almond milk and 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt. The almond milk brings a light nuttiness, while the Greek yogurt adds a creamy depth.
  • Sweetness and Flavor: Stir in 1 tablespoon of honey for a natural sweetness and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract for a hint of aromatic flavor.
  • The Nutrient Boost: Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of chia seeds into the mix. These seeds will not only thicken your oats but also add a punch of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and protein.
  • Adding Freshness: Top your oat mixture with 1/2 cup of fresh berries. Whether you choose strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries, these will add a refreshing burst of flavor and a splash of color.
  • Nutty Crunch: Finish off with 2 tablespoons of sliced almonds for a satisfying crunch that contrasts beautifully with the creamy oats.
  • Seal and Settle: Once your jar is filled, seal it with the lid. Give it a gentle shake to mix the ingredients slightly, then place it in the refrigerator overnight.

Serving Instructions

  • Wake and Shake: In the morning, give your Mason jar a good shake to mix all the layers and flavors. You can also stir it with a spoon if you prefer a more gentle mixing.
  • Garnish (Optional): For an extra touch of freshness, garnish with additional fresh berries and a sprinkle of sliced almonds right before serving.
  • Enjoy Cold: This recipe is designed to be enjoyed cold, straight from the fridge. It offers a refreshing start to your day, especially in the warmer months.

Storage and Freezing Instructions

Storage

  • Your Mason Jar Overnight Oats can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Always ensure the lid is tightly sealed to maintain freshness and prevent the oats from drying out.
  • It’s perfect for meal prep, allowing you to assemble several jars at the beginning of the week for a quick and healthy breakfast option every day.

Freezing

  • While freezing is not recommended for this recipe due to texture changes (the yogurt and fresh berries may not thaw well), you can freeze the oat mixture without the yogurt and berries if necessary.
  • If you choose to freeze, place your oat mixture in a freezer-safe jar, leaving some space for expansion. It can be stored for up to 1 month.
  • Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and add yogurt and fresh berries in the morning before serving.

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FAQs

What Are Overnight Oats?

Overnight oats are a no-cook method of making oatmeal by soaking raw rolled oats in liquid (like milk, yogurt, or water) overnight. This process softens the oats, making them creamy and ready to eat without cooking​.

Are Overnight Oats Healthy?

Yes, they are a nutritious option for breakfast. Oats are high in fiber, which aids digestion and keeps you full longer. When topped with fruits, nuts, or seeds, they also provide vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants​.

How Long Can You Keep Overnight Oats in the Refrigerator?

Overnight oats can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to five days. This makes them a convenient option for meal prep and a quick breakfast throughout the week​.

Can You Eat Overnight Oats Hot?

While overnight oats are usually enjoyed cold, they can also be warmed up. You can heat them in the microwave, stirring every 20 to 30 seconds until warm, or on the stove over low to medium heat, stirring to prevent sticking​.

Can You Freeze Overnight Oats?

Yes, you can freeze them for longer storage. Prepare the base recipe and freeze it in freezer-safe jars or containers. Flavorings should be added after thawing. Frozen overnight oats can be kept for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator for 12-24 hours before eating​.

Mason Jar Overnight Oats

Mason Jar Overnight Oats

Mason Jar Overnight Oats. Imagine waking up to a jar filled with layers of nutritious ingredients, ready to be devoured without any hassle.
Prep Time 10 minutes
4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine French
Servings 1
Calories 350 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • ½ Cup Old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ Cup Greek yogurt
  • ½ Cup Almond milk
  • 1 tbsp Chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • ½ Cup Fresh berries (strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries
  • 2 tbsp Sliced almonds
  • ½ tsp Vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • Start your morning magic by gathering the essentials: old-fashioned rolled oats, Greek yogurt, almond milk, chia seeds, honey, fresh berries, sliced almonds, and vanilla extract. Arrange them like a palette, ready to create your breakfast masterpiece.
  • Embrace the art of layering in your chosen mason jar. Begin with a base of old-fashioned rolled oats, followed by a velvety layer of Greek yogurt. Combine almond milk and chia seeds for a pudding-like layer, then drizzle honey for sweetness. Add a burst of fresh berries, a sprinkle of sliced almonds, and a touch of vanilla extract to elevate the flavors.
  • Seal the jar, and let the magic happen overnight. The oats will absorb the flavors, the chia seeds will swell, and you'll wake up to a jar filled with a symphony of textures and tastes.
  • Gently stir your Mason Jar Overnight Oats in the morning, customizing with extra toppings if desired. Your culinary creation is ready to be enjoyed, making mornings a celebration of wholesome goodness.
Keyword Chia Seed Pudding, Healthy Breakfast Recipes, Mason Jar Breakfast Ideas, Overnight Oats Recipe
Hey there! I'm Betty Spangler. I love food, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple.