Blueberry Banana Chia Overnight Oats with Nutella

lunch on 4 Feb 2014: blueberry banana chia overnight oats, pretzels, cheddar cheese stick and orange slices

lunch on 4 Feb 2014: blueberry banana chia overnight oats, pretzels, cheddar cheese stick and orange slices

The kiddos loved this lunch and gobbled up every last bit of their sweet overnight oats made with chopped bananas, blueberries, chia seeds, vanilla soy milk and plain yogurt. To push these oats into the stratosphere of deliciousness, I threw in a dollop of Nutella. Even the grownups had overnight oats for lunch. Because I had a faculty meeting right before my class at noon, I ate my yummy jar of oats during the meeting. Everyone was curious about my science experiment-y lunch; I never said overnight oats were pretty.

jar of overnight oats with blueberries, bananas, chia seeds, plain yogurt and almond milk

jar of overnight oats with blueberries, bananas, chia seeds, plain yogurt and almond milk

How to Make Overnight Oats in a Jar

Overnight oats are made like muesli: rolled oats are softened in milk overnight with fruit and other goodies. Put about a 1/3 of a cup of rolled oats and one tablespoon of chia seeds in a pint sized mason jar. Add half a chopped banana and any fruit you like (I added frozen blueberries). Pour milk in the jar until it is about 2/3 full. Fill the rest of the jar with plain yogurt. Store in the fridge overnight. Some other things that I like to add to overnight oats are:

  • a big spoonful of peanut butter (or Nutella, if I really want a treat)
  • chopped dates
  • dried fruit
  • nuts
  • pepitas and sunflower seeds

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