I admit: I have seen some easy overnight oats recipes on Pinterest…but I always thought “they can’t be that easy”. Know what? They are that easy! I was recently invited to attend a mason jar oatmeal workshop with HGTV’s Masters of Flip host Kortney Wilson. I came away with some great make-the-night-before breakfast ideas…
How to make Easy Overnight Oats
You will need:
- clean mason jar with lid
- oats (you can use quick cook, large flake, steel cut – it all depends on the texture you like)
- milk or yogurt (you can use both)
- fruit and nuts (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, peaches, pineapple, raisins, almond slivers, walnuts, shredded coconut)
- sweet touch (maple syrup, honey)
- spices and seeds (cinnamon, cocoa, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds)
Though you can visit Quaker overnight oats for more recipes…I decided to freestyle it. See below for a true Quaker Oats recipe with ingredient measurements. I layered yogurt, oats and fruit (strawberries, blueberries, peaches, and raspberries). On top of the fruit I added a touch of sweetness (honey). My regular sized mason jar fit about two layers of each. I also added a touch of milk (non-sweetened almond milk to be exact) on top. Done. #OvernightSuccess
- 1/2 cup Quaker® Oats
- 1/2 cup non-fat milk
- 1/2 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds (optional)
- 1 cup fresh mixed berries and fruitAdd Quaker® Oats to your container of choice and pour in milk. Layer Greek yogurt, chia seeds and mixed fruit and berries.Refrigerate overnight and enjoy in the morning!
I happen to always have Quaker Oats in my kitchen (I also use them for baking muffins and granola bars). And I always have yogurt, milk, and some sort of fruit…so making a wholesome breakfast is completely do-able. I just have to do it.
It’s great to be able to use nourishing ingredients to make life easier for your future self. What does that mean? I’m helping my sleepy self tomorrow morning by making something grab n’ go tonight. And it literally takes MINUTES to make. No cooking required either so this is something you can make with kids. Or teens can make themselves.
And if you do have teens, like I have, who NEVER eat breakfast…they can certainly take a jar of overnight oats and eat them on public transit without mess.
TIP: clean and re-use glass jars like jam jars or sauce jars if you don’t have mason jars.
Disclosure: #ad. This post is in partnership with Quaker. As always, opinions are my own.