This is halfway between a recipe and a mason jar craft and is super simple to gift. This overnight oatmeal can be tweaked as you like it – I like to keep it healthy but you can pretty much do whatever you want here.
If you’re looking for something to give in situations where someone is having a hard time making meals i.e. birth of an new baby, death in the family, on sick leave etc, this is ideal. Breakfast is tough and people often skip it because of time constraints or worse, they grab a donut or other nutritionally void item they have at hand. This is a great alternative they can wake up and eat with little effort and it will provide enough energy and nutrition to get them through to whenever they can grab their next meal. Nursing mamas will usually benefit well from oatmeal and overnight oatmeal will meet pretty much any dietary restrictions you might find. Use gluten free oats for those with gluten sensitivities and vegans can use almond milk in place of dairy.
I hope you give it a shot and I’ll even provide an overnight oatmeal labels printable to print out the labels so you can gift them with instructions. I just cut the labels out and stuck them on to my jars with a glue stick.
- ⅔ cup rolled oats
- 1 tbsp sliced almonds
- 1 tbsp dried cranberries
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp ground flax
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Layer all ingredients into the jar and close it up with a lid. If using ground flax it's best to keep jars in the fridge until ready to mix with milk but if you omit the flax they should stay well in a pantry for several weeks.
- When ready to prepare, add in 1 cup of milk (dairy, almond or even water) and let sit in the fridge overnight (5 hours min).
- In the morning microwave (remove the lid!) for 60 seconds or until desired temperature is reached. Top with fruit, yogurt, maple syrup, honey or whatever you like!
There are so many ways you can tweak this. Try adding dried blueberries, dried chopped apricots, dried mango or banana chips. What about walnuts, hemp hearts or chocolate chips? You can do whatever you want with this – just consider how well it will stay fresh in the jar until you’re ready to mix it up with milk. I hope you will take this idea and make it your own. Eat your breakfast people 😉