Recipes in a Jar
Overnight Oats today Beach Cottage lovelies!
So I love the idea of things in Mason Jars or Jam Jars or indeed recipes in jars – overnight oats, sugar scrubs for one’s forty-is-the-new-thirty skin, vintage blue ones stuffed full of flowers, re-cycled ones grouped and filled with tealights…the list my little lovelies is endless is it not?
And food of course, that’s good too!
This then, is overnight oats in a Mason Jar and these little jars, filled with oats have, while not quite changed my life, been a very good positive to the mornings in this tatty old cottage.
I won’t bore you again with the fact that eating when I get up makes me gag, but it does and so, invariably, I would do one of three things – not eat and then be chewing the table by lunchtime, let my blood sugar go so low that I would feel dreadful or grab something I shouldn’t be grabbing at about 11am.
I do though often make porridge and it’s been part of my life for a very long time, always made in the saucepan, I never like it in the microwave but I had never before heard of overnight oats…overnight oats? How quite do overnight oats work I asked myself.
Well, overnight oats work like this – you pop them in a container, add liquid, cover them and then you just wait. And for Overnight Oats, believe it or not, you wait overnight ;-)
Now let me tell you, I do not have a shortage of Mason Jars for Overnight Oats or Oats-in-a-Jar, that is for sure and I have tried them a couple of different ways now, different sizes and amounts and differing lengths of ‘overnighting’
…so very easy, just make them up (takes less than a minute), screw the Mason Jar lid on and pop in the fridge ready for the morning
…and you can throw other good stuff in there too with the oats and the milk
I have been hearing a lot about CHIA seeds too on my late-night recipe trawling, especially since I have been looking for ways to get more energy and avoid that arvo slump – I know nothing of whether CHIA seeds are the best thing since sliced bread but if people say they are good, I’ll sling ‘em in and give it a go…apparently they are all Omega 3 ish, good for hydration, high in calcium and anti-oxidantss and the list goes on
Here’s a bigger one lot of overnight oats with chia seeds too – they go in the night before in the jar with the overnight oats
Mostly I have been having these just like this, because that is how I have always eaten porridge, but once you start looking into Overnight Oats, my goodness the mind starts to boggle with things you can throw on to add a bit of interest…
Here’s where it gets interesting – the toppings!
…the list goes on and on – here are a couple I have liked so far (plus did anyone say warm peanut butter and chocolate? Ahem kinda possibly negating the healthy bits? Do another sit-up ;-) )
Overnight Oats with Raspberries and Maple Syrup
Overnight Oats with Jam + Sliced Banana
How to Make Overnight Oats in a Jar
Overnight Oats Recipe
1/3 cup oats
1/2 cup milk
1. pour oats into jar
2. add milk
3. screw on lid or tightly cover with cling film
4. place in fridge overnight
Beach Cottage overnight oats recipe notes * for chia seeds add 1/2 to 1 tsp * you can add more or less milk for a different consistency *sugar or honey can be added if you like it sweet *do not use quick or microwave oats
These are also brilliant for when you might have to get up early for sport, hello Mrs Beach Cottage, that would be you, have odd work hours or never get time for breakfast in the morning – you can bung a few of these made up in the fridge on one hit, they last a few days (you may want to use plastic containers) and then just grab them as you are running out the door (I tape a spoon to the side, or I also have a couple of pots with spoons that are in the lid).
These are, on the internet, often referred to as Summer Porridge, and I can see why, if, like me you have always eaten porridge warm in a steaming hot bowl with the freezing weather outside, this might seem a bit odd – it is a bit….but this way of doing it results in a different flavour, it’s somehow creamier and yummier.
If you do want it hot though I have zapped them a few times in the microwave with good results – and somehow pulling it out of the fridge and into the microwave already done is just one less thing to do or worry about in the morning…if you know what I mean…
That’s it from me for now