Overnight Oats in a Jar

I am a fan of all things oats.  Loaded with protein and fiber, but relatively low in calories.  The high amount of fiber keeps you with a full feeling for a long time afterward.  Something that boxed cereal could never do.  I often have homemade granola for breakfast.  This is so easy, I wonder why I didn’t try it sooner!

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I initially saw a recipe on Food Babe’s blog called, The Perfect Parfait.  Her recipe inspired me to try it.  So good!  I love how this recipe is very adaptable.  You can really add whatever you like and change it up daily so you never get bored. I used a recycled pickle jar to hold my oats, but a mason jar would work well too. This is great for those mornings that you really have to rush.

Overnight Oats in a Jar

Overnight Oats in a Jar

Prep Time 5 min



  1. Rinse your groats beforehand. Throw everything in the jar the night before.  If you like things a little sweet, you could throw in some chopped dates or raisins. 
  2. Store in the fridge overnight.  Just pull out and eat in the morning.  Easy as that. This will be a breakfast I will have at least twice a week. I love it and I hope you will too.


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78 thoughts to “Overnight Oats in a Jar”

  1. I eat this kind of breakfast almost every day - grated apple or pear is also delicious, or I sometimes substitute fruit juice for the milk and throw in a handful of toasted nuts or cocoa nibs.
    1. I do store it over night in the fridge. I just re-edited the post to clarify that. I eat it cold. It is great that way.
    1. No - you don't cook them! The oats absorb the liquid overnight. My friend told me about making oats this way. That's why it's great for when you're rushing out the door in the A.M. I can't wait to try it.
  2. Overnight oats are awesome. Love that you use oat groats for this recipe!! My mom has been in Scotland for the past year and oat groats are a staple (Ireland, too). I got into them after my trip over there. We talked about these in class, too, just the benefits of eating the whole grain vs. the partial grain. Stoked to try this recipe. Thanks!
  3. I have been making Food Babes parfait for awhile now. So glad to see your variation. Will have to try. Are ground vanilla beans the same as vanilla extract? Do the beans add a different/stronger taste? Why do you use ground beans instead of extract? Thanks!
    1. I love the ground vanilla beans! They give off a much stronger vanilla flavor. I still use extract in some recipes as well, but for things like this, the beans are perfect. I first found out about them when I read an article about sweetening your food without sugar. The article talked about the vanilla beans and how they enhance the sweetness without adding sugar. Now I swear by them in some recipes. Extract will still work too.
  4. I assume this could be heated in the microwaver in the morning if you would prefer to eat it warm, couldn't it ?
  5. I just put some in the fridge for tomorrow and can't wait to try it! I'm out of oat groats so I used buckwheat groats instead.
  6. I have some in the fridge for breakfast tomorrow! Thank you for sharing! Was wondering if you have ever made it and eaten it 2 days later?? Was thinking it would be good to make 2 jars tonight....one for breakfast Monday and one for breakfast Tuesday. But am worried Tuesday's would end up too soggy.
  7. Just tried this last night and was so pleased to wake up and eat it this morning! I added a scoop of ground flax seed and blueberries and blackberries. So good!
    1. I don't see why not. If you are worried about it, you can let them thaw slightly on the counter before throwing them in.
  8. What is the purpose of the shredded coconut? Should I substitute something for it! I am just not a coconut fan. Thx!

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