7 Ways to Make Overnight Oats in a Jar Even Better
Bowl foods had their day in the sun, but they're not the alpha vessel as far as breakfast is concerned. Prepping your overnight oats in a jar is far superior: It's ready to grab and go in the morning, takes up less real estate in the refrigerator, and you can easily shake everything to combine the ingredients.
Dress up your breakfast routine with these seven simple upgrade ideas.
① Use Almond Milk
Even if you can eat all the ice cream in the world without suffering a dairy-induced stomach ache, opting for nut milk adds one more layer of flavor to your perfectly striated creation.
② Stir in Peanut Butter
Maybe you're already topping your mixture with a hefty spoonful of nut butter, but the flavor-per-bite ratio will be majorly improved by simply mixing it into the oats and liquid as opposed to just dropping it on top.
③ Give It an Apple-Cinnamon Twist
Dice an apple and stir the chunks into the oats, along with half a teaspoon of ground cinnamon and a dash of vanilla extract. It's just like eating pie for breakfast, but a whole lot healthier.
④ Swap in Steel-Cut Oats
These little nubs are chewier than typical rolled oats, giving the final product a porridge-like quality. They just need to soak longer—further incentive for you to get a good night's sleep.
⑤ Use an Old Almond Butter Jar
Before you wash out or recycle that almost-empty container, give it one last hurrah by using it in lieu of your standard mason jar. This also serves as an excuse to scrape out the insides, making sure no morsel of nut butter is left behind.
⑥ Add Strawberries and Bananas
Stir in chopped strawberries, then either mash a banana into the mixture or slice it up and layer it throughout. And if you don't have fresh berries on hand, you can always go with a spoonful of strawberry jam.
⑦ Skip the Yogurt
Yogurt gives overnight oats a creamier texture, as well as a bit of extra staying power, but if you're looking to keep it vegan or dairy free, it's not necessary. An extra tablespoon or two of liquid works just as well.
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