Monday, March 9, 2015

Overnight Breakfast-in-a-Jar

These individual breakfast jars have become a regular in our morning meal rotation.  I thought it was about time I posted them (I first saw the recipes here).  The basic ingredients stay the same, and then you can experiment and try whatever other add-ins you like!  We've enjoyed banana/chocolate (pictured above), maple/blueberry, and apple/cinnamon.  As you can tell, my jars are not uniform and I play with the ingredient amounts to make a bit more in one jar for my son.  It's always worked out.  This is personally not my favorite breakfast.  I don't mind a cold oatmeal, but the texture is just a bit too mushy for my taste.  Thankfully, the rest of my family loves their breakfast-in-a-jar, so I keep 'em comin'!

Amounts for one jar (one serving):
1/4 cup uncooked old fashioned rolled oats
1/3 cup skim milk
1/4 cup low-fat Greek yogurt
1-1/2 teaspoons dried chia seeds
sweeteners of your choice!
flavorings of your choice!
fruits of your choice!

Banana/Cocoa Powder = 1 Tbsp cocoa powder, 1-2 tsp your choice of sweetener (I used honey),  and 1/2 half banana, sliced

Blueberry/Maple = 2-3 tsp maple (or more or less to your taste), handful of fresh or frozen blueberries

Apple/Cinnamon = 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1-2 tsp sweetener (I used honey), 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce or 1/4 cup chopped apple (and if you want your apple to be a bit soft, microwave in small bowl about thirty seconds before adding to jar)

In a glass jar or container with fitted lid, add oats, milk, yogurt, chia seeds, and any other add-ins but NOT the actual fruit.  Put lid on jar and shake well until combined. Add fruit and stir gently until mixed in. Seal jars with lids and refrigerate overnight, up to two days.  Eat straight from the fridge.

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