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Overnight Oats in a Jar

overnight oatsMy kids always had breakfast and as they got older I reinforced the values of eating something first thing in the morning.  I still do even though they may roll their eyes at me.

  I can hear them saying, ‘yes mom, we know’ (insert happy face here).  But all kidding aside, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, period.  Yes, I know there are those who say they get along just fine without it but as adults we need it to give us a kick start to our morning routine and kids need a breakfast, too.  Their bodies and brains are growing and need refueling from food.  Studies show that children who skip breakfast tend to be late or absent from school.   Breakfast gives us energy to start our day and if you skip it you may end up eating more during the day.  Studies have shown that those who eat breakfast have improved concentration and performance in the classroom or the office.  Those who skip breakfast are usually running late or don’t have time to eat.  A simple solution is to prepare the breakfast the night before and to make it healthy.  Overnight oats in a jar is a super easy way to handle the stresses of what to make in a short time.  And, I’ll bet most have the ingredients on hand without having to make a special trip to the grocery store.  There are tons of variations using oats but this recipe is super easy to pull together and after you try it, you’ll want to experiment further.

overnight oats - breakfast in a jarIn a bowl, add all ingredients and stir to combine or place in a jar, cover with a lid and give it a few shakes. Place in refrigerator for at least 4 hours but preferably overnight. Remove from fridge and eat plain or top with granola or more fruit.  OR, heat it in the microwave for 30 seconds for those cold mornings.

breakfast in a jarThe Culinary Chase’s Note:  The recipe uses 1:1 ratio (equal amounts of oats to liquid). Use almond milk, juice or whatever liquid suits your fancy. Change the fruit to mashed bananas, peanut butter, unsweetened applesauce, raspberry preserves, dried or frozen fruit.  If using steel cut oats, add more liquid.  My take on trying this?  Can’t wait to make it again using different fruit.  It was yummy cold as well as hot!  Enjoy!

Overnight Oats in a Jar
 
Prep time
5 mins

Total time
5 mins

 

Breakfast gives us energy to start our day and if you skip it you may end up eating more during the day. Studies have shown that those who eat breakfast have improved concentration and performance in the classroom or the office. Those who skip breakfast are usually running late or don’t have time to eat. A simple solution is to prepare the breakfast the night before and to make it healthy. Overnight oats in a jar is a super easy way to handle the stresses of what to make in a short time.
Author: The Culinary Chase
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 2

Ingredients
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ to ½ cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, add all ingredients and stir to combine or place in a jar, cover with a lid and give it a few shakes. Place in refrigerator for at least 4 hours but preferably overnight. Remove from fridge and eat plain or top with granola or more fruit. OR, heat it in the microwave for 30 seconds for those cold mornings.
Notes
The Culinary Chase’s Note: The recipe uses 1:1 ratio (equal amounts of oats to liquid). Use almond milk, juice or whatever liquid suits your fancy. Change the fruit to mashed bananas, peanut butter, unsweetened applesauce, raspberry preserves, dried or frozen fruit. If using steel cut oats, add more liquid. Enjoy!

 

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About Heather Chase

The Culinary Chase was coined by my husband whilst in a coffee shop in Hong Kong back in 2006. We wanted something that would be a play on my last name and by the time we finished our coffee, the name was born. As long as I can remember I’ve enjoyed cooking. It wasn’t until we moved to Asia that I began to experiment using herbs and spices in my everyday cooking. Not only do they enhance the flavor of food but also heighten it nutritionally. Over the years, I began to change our diet to include more vegetables, pulses, whole grains and less red meat. Don’t get me wrong, we love our meat, just not in super-size portions (too hard for the body to digest). I always use the palm of my hand as a guide to portion control when eating red meat. If the meat is larger than my hand, I save that portion for another day. Also, if the veggies on your plate look colorful (think the colors of the rainbow) – red, green, yellow, orange etc. then you’re most likely getting the right amount of nutrients per meal. I post recipes that I think help maintain a healthy body. I use the 80/20 rule – 80% of the time I make a conscious effort to eat healthy and 20% for when I want french fries with gravy (poutine). Balance is the key and to enjoy life with whatever comes my way. Thanks for visiting!

 

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