I know oatmeal is typically a “cold season” food staple, but I wanted to share with you a quick and super easy overnight oatmeal for those of you, like me, that enjoy oatmeal year round.
This recipe can be eaten cold (yuck!) or heated up in one minute in the morning (yes, please!). I typically make this overnight oatmeal on Saturday nights, as it is the quickest breakfast to get me and my kids out the door on Sunday mornings for church.
For those of you that are gluten-free or are following the Trim Healthy Mama plan, this also works for you! Yeah!
I make my overnight oatmeal in Le Parfait canning jars, known for their hinged top and bright orange rubber gasket. You can find Le Parfait brand jars at Crate and Barrel or Amazon, but “off brand” jars like these are carried at most big-box stores. (Or you can use a regular canning jar without the metal hinge, or even a glass storage container and cover tightly.)
I’ve tried this recipe using both unsweetened almond milk and water (both pictured above). Both turn out great, but I prefer the creaminess of the almond milk, myself!
Lazy Mom Overnight Oatmeal
(makes one serving for a full THM – E meal)
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or water)
4 tsp of sweetener (I use 2 packets of Stevia, but you may prefer more as I don’t like mine very sweet)
4 good shakes of ground cinnamon from the jar
nice splash of vanilla
optional: frozen blueberries
Before you go to bed, place all ingredients (other than the optional blueberries) in a Le Parfait jar (or the other glass options I mentioned above), then place in the refrigerator for morning! That’s it! You don’t even have to stir the ingredients, just dump it in the jar, seal and store!
In the morning, pour all ingredients out of the Le Parfait jar into a microwave bowl (you can’t heat it in the jar due to the metal hinged top) or if you stored yours in a glass storage container that has no metal, just remove the lid, stir and then heat in the microwave for 1 minute (or adjust time to your heating preference). Stir again, and enjoy!
Optional: I add about 2 tablespoons of frozen blueberries to my hot oatmeal. No need to defrost, just throw them into the bowl and wait 2-3 minutes and they’ll be perfectly defrosted.
Side note: I tried adding the blueberries to the jar before letting it sit overnight, but upon heating, the blueberries tend to get mushy.
Hope you enjoy!
The Lazy Mom