Have You Tried Overnight OIAJ (Oats In a Jar)?

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Oats in a jar

I have a new obsession for breakfast: Overnight OIAJ (Oats In a Jar)!

Overnight oats are a cold version of oatmeal. There is no cooking involved. The basic mixture is oats, Greek yogurt and milk (any kind or water). From there it’s all about creativity and what sort of flavor you want to make. The oats are called “overnight” because once you have your oats mixed, you soak overnight to allow the oats to soften and mixture become firm.

For a busy mom and family, this healthy treat is easy and quick (two of our favorite words!) There are many variations of this tasty meal, but I tend to like the more healthy and kid friendly versions. I found one that my daughter loves, which includes cookie butter and bananas-yummy!

Here are a few of my own recipes that have become family favorites… Enjoy!

Tips: I often substitute regular oats with a gluten free version and if I want more texture I use rolled oats. You can use whatever variation of milk you desire. Also, if you have an almost- empty jar of nut, peanut, or cookie butter you can use the jar as the container.

Elvis

The Elvis OIAJ

  • 1/2 C oats
  • 1/2 C almond milk (or coconut, hazelnut, etc)
  • 1/2 C Greek Yogurt 2 tsp. sweetener or sugar to suit taste (I use Monk Fruit Sweeteners)
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1/2 C chopped banana
  • 1 tsp. chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp. peanut butter

Mix all ingredients together in a jar or bowl, cover and refrigerate overnight. If desired, you can eat chilled or warm up in microwave for 10-20 seconds.

monkey oats

Monkey Oats OIAJ (Kid Friendly)

  • 1/2 C oats
  • 1/2 C almond milk (or coconut, hazelnut, etc)
  • 1/2 C Greek Yogurt
  • 2 tsp. sweetener or sugar to suit taste (I use Monk Fruit Sweeteners)
  • 2 Tbsp Maple or Agave Syrup
  • 1/2 chopped banana plus 1/2 chopped banana for garnish
  • 2 crumbled vanilla wafers like Nila (optional) plus 2 crumbled for garnish
  • 1 tsp. chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp. cookie butter (can be found at Trader Joe’s or PB Crave makes Cookie Nookie)

Mix all ingredients together in a jar or bowl, cover and refrigerate overnight. If desired, you can eat chilled or warm up in microwave for 10-20 seconds. Garnish with 1 tsp. cookie butter on top and 1/2 chopped banana.

Sunbutter Delight

Sunbutter Delight OIAJ

  • 1/2 C oats
  • 1/2 C almond milk (or coconut, hazelnut, etc)
  • 1/2 C Greek Yogurt 2 tsp. sweetener or sugar to suit taste (I use Monk Fruit Sweeteners)
  • 2 Tbsp Maple or Agave Syrup
  • 1/3 C blueberries (if not in season you can use dried blueberries or cranberries) plus handful for garnish
  • 1 tsp. chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp. SunButter, plus 1 tsp for garnish
  • 2 Tbsp granola for garnish (optional)

Mix all ingredients together in a jar or bowl, cover and refrigerate overnight. If desired, you can eat chilled or warm up in microwave for 10-20 seconds. Garnish with granola, 1 tsp. SunButter and blueberries on top.

Pumpkin Pie OIAJ

Pumpkin Pie OIAJ

  • 1/2 C oats
  • 1/2 C almond milk (or coconut, hazelnut, etc)
  • 1/3 C Greek Yogurt
  • 2 tsp. brown sugar (or sweetener of choice)
  • 2 Tbsp Maple or Agave Syrup
  • 1/2 C pumpkin pie puree plus 1 Tblsp for garnish
  • 1 tsp. chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp. cookie butter (can be found at Trader Joe’s or PB Crave makes Cookie Nookie)
  • 2 Tblsp chopped pecans

Mix all ingredients together in a jar or bowl, cover and refrigerate overnight. If desired, you can eat chilled or warm up in microwave for 10-20 seconds. Garnish with 1 Tbsp pumpkin puree and chopped pecans.

Hope you enjoy these recipes. If you have a favorite OIAJ recipes, please share!

5 COMMENTS

  1. I love OIAJ also known as summer porridge or refrigerator oatmeal if you want more recipes. Laura you can use regular milk. This was one of my favorite meals when pregnant. You can also add more or less milk, do honey or maple syrup for the sweetener – the combos are endless. My husband and I would even do frozen fruit with the yogurt, milk, oats, chia and sweetener for a simpler version. This way it is also easier to make more than one flavor at a time.

    • Hi Veronica – YES so many possibilities and so fun to be creative when making OIAJ. Great idea to use frozen fruit, especially for the upcoming winter months when fruit is not in season. Love it! Thank you!
      Jenn

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