Make Oatmeal in a Jar

Your time is valuable, but it’s important to have a hot, nutritious breakfast. To mesh your varied needs, you can prepare oatmeal jars for your workweek. This weekend in the Weekend Series, make oatmeal in a jar to prepare your breakfast for the workweek.

Gather Your Supplies

In addition to the ingredients and utensils that you need to prepare your oatmeal, you will need the following:

  • Oatmeal Ingredients – Make sure that you have all of the ingredients that you need to make your oatmeal and dress it up.
  • Cooking Supplies – You will need items such as a saucepan, measuring cups, and stirring utensils.
  • Mason Jars – The recipe below makes 5 servings of oatmeal. You need at least 5 half-pint mason jars.
  • Mason Jar Lids – Plastic twist-on lids are easier to wash and maintain. Make sure that you have at least as many lids as jars.

Make Oatmeal Overnight

You can easily make enough oatmeal for the week by cooking it the night before. Choose one of the following recipes to make either steel-cut oats or rolled oats:

Rolled oats are the traditional format of oats.


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 2 cups water
  • Dash salt

Steel-cut oats are rougher and have a nuttier texture.


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cup steel-cut oats
  • 3 cups water
  • Dash salt

Cooking Instructions

  1. Begin cooking your oatmeal the night before.
  2. Heat olive oil in a 2-quart saucepan over medium heat.
  3. Add the oats and fry for about 3 minutes, or until they begin smelling nice and toasty.
  4. Add the water and salt, stirring gently while bringing the mixture to a rolling boil.
  5. Remove the oatmeal from the heat, cover the pan, and go to bed!
  6. In the morning, the oatmeal will be tender, and maybe a little thick. Add a heaping tablespoon to each of your clean, empty mason jars.
  7. Add your flavors, including maple syrup, brown sugar, milk, and fruit.
  8. Distribute the rest of the oatmeal evenly among the jars.
  9. Refrigerate the jars.
  10. Reheat in the microwave after loosening the lid to allow steam to escape.

Choose Your Flavors

Try one or more of the following flavor variations:

  • Maple Brown Sugar – 1 Tbsp brown sugar and 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • Maple Blueberry – 1 Tbsp maple syrup and roughly 10 fresh blueberries
  • Pina Colada – 1 Tbsp honey, 1/4 cup crushed pineapple, and 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • Strawberries and Cream – 1 Tbsp honey, 1/4 cup diced strawberries, and 1/4 cup coconut milk

The next morning, add your oatmeal and flavors to your jars, and refrigerate

Author: Steph

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