recycled pickle jar) and a couple cups of rolled oats in our kitchen, and had the idea to make a few rounds of overnight oats and see how they turned out. For most of the past week, I've stuck to this breakfast (trying a few versions, which I'll mention below) and have found it to be so delicious, filling, and made with such simple ingredients (seeing "artificial flavors" on the box is something that bugs me about most instant oatmeal packets).
If you haven't tried this before, you really have to. Odds are, you have everything you need to make a simple version of this breakfast already in your kitchen. (I was surprised by how many versions I was able to make without needing to buy any additional ingredients!) I need to be on the lookout for smaller mason jars, because I've found the size of the one I typically use is a little ridiculous—considering the relatively small serving I make. Still, I do like the idea of reusing this jar in yet another way!
Here are a few versions I've tried:
— 1 mashed banana, 1/2 cup rolled oats, 1/2 cup milk, 1/4 tsp. vanilla, sprinkle of salt (a bit too sweet with the vanilla and the mashed banana, but otherwise it was delicious!)
— 1/2 mashed banana, 3 chopped strawberries, 1/2 cup rolled oats, 1/2 cup milk, sprinkle of chia seeds (this was so delicious that Eisley ate almost half my serving)
— Maple Brown Sugar Refrigerator Oats, via Emily Levenson (my favorite so far!)
Here are a few versions I can't wait to try:
— Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats, via Free People
— Overnight Steel Cut Oatmeal, via Lovely Little Kitchen
— Pumpkin Spice Overnight Oats, via A Pumpkin and a Princess
these muffins and freezing a bunch so we always have some to eat with breakfast or for Jay to take with his lunch. Don't be fooled: I periodically have a sizable bowl of Reese's Puffs for breakfast. But I figure if the healthier breakfasts outweigh those, then it balances out just fine.
If you have your own favorite recipe for overnight oats, please share! This is one of my new favorite things, and I'd love to discover a few new recipes to switch it up here and there.
— Further reading: recipes I tried (and loved!)