Oat Jars

20160320-152537.jpgThere are many many many overnight oat recipes out there.  In fact, it seems to be quite the thing to blog about.  I’m not necessarily one to follow trend, and to be fair, I’m fairly late to jump on the bandwagon, but the pre made quick nutritious portable breakfast idea really appealed to me.  My daughters can pick their own jars out of the fridge and then grab a spoon, I can shove mine in my bag and eat it in peace at my desk before I start work for the day – a rare moment of bliss!  This takes a few minutes in the evening to throw together and shaves a few minutes off the morning routine when those minutes are oh so much more valuable.

I have tried to use ingredients that I almost always have to hand in my kitchen, and the substitution of just one ingredient changes the whole flavour of the jar.  These little jars are brimming with good whole grains, seeds, nuts and fruits.  Perfect for packing a sweet energy punch first thing in the morning.  And the kids love them, not just the novelty of eating breakfast out of a jam jar, but the readymade, DIY nature of it and the independence of getting their own breakfast.  They also happen to love the oaty stuff inside.

This recipe makes 2 jars (If you don’t want 2 jars, save one for the next day – it’ll keep in the fridge just fine)

Into each jar:

  • 1/3 cup of porridge oats (15p)
  • 1 tbsp ground almonds (20p)
  • 1 tsp chia seeds (12p)
  • 20 blueberries! (£1.34)

Blended and shared between both jars:

  • 1 (over) ripe banana  (32p)
  • 2 tbsp of smooth peanut butter OR dark chocolate spread (20p)
  • 1 tsp of honey / maple syrup / agave nectar (9p)
  • 200 ml of oat milk (28p)

Add the first 4 ingredients to the jars in the order listed. (to prevent the chia seeds sticking to the bottom of the jar!)

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20160320-152345.jpgIn a separate bowl, combine the banana, honey/maple syrup, oat milk and either the peanut butter or chocolate spread, depending on whether you are in a peanut butter or chocolate mood! (I’ve not tried both together, but I’m sure it’d be fab – give it a go!)  Blend the ingredients in the bowl together with a hand blender to form a smooth thick liquid, then divide the liquid between the 2 jars.  

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Using a tea spoon, stir the contents of each jar thoroughly, screw on the lids and leave in the fridge overnight.  And that’s it until breakfast time.  

20160320-152455.jpgThe oaty mixture inside will have absorbed a lot of the milk and should be a thick porridgy consistency, peppered with juicy blueberries.

My daughters love these, they grab theirs from the fridge and sort themselves out with spoons, having a nice civilised breakfast at the dining room table with minimal intervention from me.  They work out at £1.35 per jar, for a fab organic convenience food to simplify a hectic morning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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