An easy to customize breakfast that will fill you up! These mason jar overnight oats – 5 ways are an easy prep ahead breakfast. Keep a few jars on hand to just fill at night, and enjoy in the morning!
I may be working remotely still, but my days are no less hectic than they were before. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for good reason. It sets the stage for how the rest of your day will go. That, and a cup of coffee. Fine, two. I’m late to the overnight oats party, but I am a convert using all of the mason jars I have from my canning, to create these mason jar overnight oats recipes – 5 different ways!
Whether you’re making them fruity, or sinfully chocolatey, you can mix and match flavors, and mixings to create a custom overnight oats experience. I like making these shelf stable, using ingredients that will hold and don’t need refrigeration until I pour the milk in! Want to see my secrets for delectable overnight oats?
What are overnight oats?
Simply put, overnight oats are prepared the night before you want to eat them. They require no heating, and are eaten chilled. Overnight to milk soaks into the oats to create a thick oatmeal for you to just grab and eat. The beauty of mason jar overnight oats are that you can use any milk you choose, or add-ins to create a fun combo.
I prefer to use unsweetened almond milk. But you can use any milk you prefer, depending on your taste preference or dietary needs. I use unsweetened coconut, so if you need some sweetness in your oats, use sweetened coconut! The options are endless.
What kind of oats?
Old Fashioned oats are best for this. You can also use gluten free oats for those that might have a sensitivity or allergy. Steel cut oats don’t absorb and expand as well, and minute oats create a less textured oatmeal.
Are overnight oats healthy?
There are a lot of questions as to “what’s so special about overnight oats?”, well, I’m not a registered dietician, but I have found that I like that it takes the guesswork out of what I can have for breakfast. They are packed with nutrient dense ingredients, and can keep you satisfied for a long period of time. You can customize ingredients that fit your diet, or change ingredients if you’re sensitive to certain foods. I know when I have these prepped, I have less excuse to reach for something less healthy – like a doughnut.
Are these shelf stable?
YES! The beauty of these shelf stable overnight oats is that the ingredients here allow you to prepare several jars worth, without worrying that they will spoil or go back. And it just makes your day much more productive when you just want to pour milk into the jar and put it in the fridge. And at the end of my day, I would prefer to not be cooking more, and making a singular jar for the next day. These allow you to prep them ahead of time and grab one when it suits you, with minimal fuss.
Using dry ingredients will allow you to keep these mason jars shelf stable. Choose dried fruit, powdered protein powder, powdered peanut butter, cocoa powder, dried coconut, freeze dried fruit, nuts, and spices! While honey is shelf stable, it is best to wait until you add in your milk before adding in a liquid sweetener.
For these mason jar overnight oats – 5 ways – I wanted to use a limited number of ingredients to the maximum amount of variation. I focused on oats, coconut, nuts, cinnamon, chai spices, dried fruit and cocoa powder, cinnamon bits. What makes these fun is that you can use whatever is in your pantry, and don’t have to buy more stuff.
Peanut Butter Cup – oats, chocolate shavings, powdered peanut butter, salt.
Almond Joy – Oats, chocolate shavings, sliced almonds, dried unsweetened coconut, salt.
Cinnamon Roll – Oats, cinnamon chips, chopped pecans, salt, coconut.
Mixed Berry – Oats, unsweetened coconut, dried blueberries, freeze dried strawberries, dried cherries.
Dirty Chai – Oats, unsweetened coconut, espresso powder, chai spice blend, salt.
What else can I put in overnight oats?
There are some super filling things to add to your overnight oats recipe. I love that you can make a large batch with multiple jars, that just require to be filled with milk the night before. Here are some more suggestions for ingredients to add to overnight oats.
- Nut Butter – cashew, peanut butter, sunflower seed butter, all great options!
- Maple Syrup – is a great and easy sweetener and flavor
- Greek Yogurt – for added protein and tang
- Vanilla Extract
- Seeds – Flax seeds, Chia seeds, or hemp or sesame seeds
- Nutmeg or Cinnamon