We spent Mother’s Day in Minnesota this year — first time we have celebrated on the actual day with my mamasita in years!
And boy was she happy we were there. (it filled my heart with joy)
I helped in the garden, bounced on the trampoline with the nephews until my legs begged me to stop, planted marigolds to honor my grandpa, and tried with all my might to keep us there as late as I could.
Eventually we had to pack up the car and go — it’s over eight hours back to Milwaukee, but she was sure to fill us up before we left.
She had been talking about this overnight oatmeal-in-a-jar thing for a while, and asked me to bring home some gluten-free oats so my sister and I could try it out. Of course she got the idea for it on Pinterest. (you can follow my food obsessions here) And she doesn’t joke around when she pins things, she actually makes them. I know, impressive huh?
There are variations galore that can go into this yogurt-oatmeal dish — anything you can imagine putting in a smoothie or your bowl of oatmeal, you could add into this breakfast.
And if you’re like me, as summer shows her sunshiney smile, I tire of hot oats in the morning. This cool and creamy morning (or anytime) delight will keep you on the oats train all summer long.
Overnight Oatmeal Delight
¼ cup certified gluten-free oats (I use GF Harvest oats)
¼ cup Greek yogurt (plain, honey or any flavor that compliments your tastes)
¼ cup milk of your choice
¼ cup fruit (or just fill the jar to the top like I do)
sprinkle of ground flax seed (optional)
In a small canning jar (6oz works well) add oats, Greek yogurt and milk. Tighten the lid and shake to combine ingredients. Remove lid and add fruit to fill jar, stir to combine and replace lid and stick it in the fridge overnight.
Wake up hungry. Breakfast is served.
Other add in ideas:
- peanut butter, banana and chocolate chips
- applesauce, cinnamon and raisins
- peach puree (leftover from your one ingredient sorbet) and strawberries
- pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and raisins
- frozen strawberries, bananas and flax
- top with GF granola for a crunch
*Note: You may prefer less liquid in yours, and that’s okay too. I did not add sweetener to mine, but if you use plain Greek yogurt, you may want a little honey or agave. If you use flavored yogurt, you probably won’t need the extra sweetness. After you make it a few times, you can get into the overnight oatmeal groove and modify it to fit your tastes. Play around with it to make it yours — as with any recipe on the site, use it as a guide and then find what works for you!