Jun 18, 2012

Skinny Overnight Oats in a Jar



A hearty healthy breakfast packed with fiber, vitamins, and nutrients... in a jar (no cooking required)!

Now that the weather is warm, almost every weekday morning after the gym I have either a green smoothie or a bowl of berries, topped with some crunchy granola, nuts and chia seeds with a little almond milk. It's my favorite quick breakfast and fills me up.

Overnight Oats in a Jar is very popular on Pinterest these days. Have you tried them? Some add Greek yogurt to their oats for more protein, but personally I'm not a fan of the tangy taste of yogurt in my oatmeal. Since granola is basically toasted oats, I decided to take my favorite morning combination using oats instead of granola and place them in a jar overnight to see how they taste the next day! 

Verdict: after removing the jar from my refrigerator this morning, I let is sit on the counter while I went to the gym to get the chill out of it. Oatmeal was on my mind all morning as I ran on the treadmill and when I got back I was excited to have breakfast right there on my counter waiting for me and I enjoyed every last spoonful! Yum!


True story: My younger brother had very high cholesterol (he's thin) in his 30's and was able to lower it by over 100 points without the help of any medication, just buy eating raw oats every morning for about 6 months and getting regular exercise. He also increased some healthy oils, but he swears by the oatmeal. The doctor was amazed because they wanted to put him on Lipitor, but my brother insisted on trying to lower it with diet first to see if he could. Oatmeal has since been a part of his daily breakfast routine.



p.s.- I was never a fan of the taste of Stevia until I tried the liquid drops from NuNaturals. Stevia lovers always told me good things about NuNaturals so when I finally got to try it, I see why. You don't get that bitter aftertaste you get with other brands on the market. You can find it at Whole Foods or online, but if stevia isn't for you, use whatever you prefer in your home, a little brown sugar or maple would also work, or you can leave the sweetener out completely. Enjoy!!



Skinny Overnight Oats in a Jar
Skinnytaste.com
Servings:
1 • Serving Size: 1 jar • Old Points: 5 pts • Points+: 6 pts
Calories:
243 • Fat: 10.6 g • Carbs: 35.4 g • Fiber: 8.5 g • Protein: 6 g • Sugar: 12 g
Sodium:
94.7 mg


Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (or skim, soy)
  • 1/4 medium banana, sliced (freeze the rest for smoothies!)
  • 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 4-5 drops NuNaturals liquid vanilla stevia (or your favorite sweetener)
  • pinch cinnamon

for the topping:
  • 1 tbsp chopped pecans (or any nut)

Directions:

Place all the ingredient in a jar, shake, cover and refrigerate overnight. Add your favorite crunchy toppings such as nuts, granola, etc and enjoy the next day!

401 comments :

  1. oh my I can't wait to try this!

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  2. Where can you buy chia seeds? Oh, and does the banana get brown at all? I have issues with bananas :)

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    1. No, you don't see the bananas, you just taste them.

      I buy them in the health food store, I'm sure they will be in the supermarkets soon as they gain popularity. I also found them in TJ Maxx once!

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    2. I actually found Chia seeds at Walgreens this past weekend.

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    3. Whole foods has a number of brands and types (ground, whole, etc.)

      I have been eating this for breakfast every morning for a while now. While peaches are in season, try one of those cut up in there, and a few drops of vanilla too! So good!

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    4. Walgreens is usually much cheaper. Our natural food store is highly over-priced. Definitely way over my budget! Better yet, Winco usually has stuff like that for a great price in their bulk foods section. If you wanted to keep away from the big box retailers you can check out an Indian or Asian spice store. Still a much better deal than a health food store, at least around here it is.

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    5. Or, Sprouts probably has it -- a lower-cost alternative to Whole Foods.

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    6. Could this be done w/o the chia seeds? I have Crohn's disease and seeds are not really good for me.

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    7. In Europe and the UK they are only deemed 'legal foodstuff' (due to seed allergies etc') in ground form added to flour. Ground flaxseed could be used?

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    8. You can get a large bag of Chia Seeds from Costco for about $8.00.

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  3. I've been making this with different fruit combos for a couple weeks now and love them, also adding a tablespoon of jam to sweeten is nice - I like raspberry jam with mango.

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  4. I also dislike the tangy taste of overnight oats with greek yogurt. So glad to see this alternative :)

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  5. I've been making this stuff ever since I saw a similar recipe on The Yummy Life! In fact, I just had some for breakfast this morning, using halved pitted cherries and raw organic honey in it. So good in the summer!

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  6. This reminds me of a traditional swiss Muesli breakfast.

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  7. This sounds great. I don't think I'd be a fan of it with the tangy yogurt taste either.

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  8. Does it have to be done in a glass jar, or would a plastic container work too?

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    1. Oh sure, anything would work. I'm just obsessed with jars.

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    2. I used the Ball plastic freezer jars. perfect.

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  9. Thanks for the tip on liquid stevia, I also dislike the taste but would like to find a way to enjoy it since it is the healthiest alternative to sugar.

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  10. This sounds delish, I love my oats on the raw side. Plus I already have a bag of chia seeds, so i must try this. I am not a fan of blueberries, so I will try it with strawberries!!

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  11. Two other uses for these:
    1) I made a bunch of different types (strawberries, raspberries, etc) for a new mom. I put them in those little plastic storage jars with a screw lid. She ate some and froze the rest for another time. She was super excited about it!

    2) I have also made these in the morning (I make 1 or 2), add a little cocoa to one, and then have it as my evening snack. I know snacking in the evening is not good for you, but it has helped me eat something better for me than having a candy bar or piece of leftover birthday cake.

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    1. Actually, recent studies have shown that eating in the evening is perfectly fine. Enjoy!

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  12. I am also thin and have been a competitive athlete for most of my life, but have high cholesterol due to genetics (thanks, dad). Do the oats your brother swears by have to be RAW, as in don't cook your oatmeal? And he literally ate them EVERYday? I cannot be on medication until I'm finished having children, which won't be for another decade or so, so I'm eager to try anything else! THANKS!

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    1. He ate them every single morning, raw! Soaked in water with nothing else. I think this is a lot better tasting :)

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    2. Also increase good fats like avocados, flax oil, etc.

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    3. My husband is thin and had high cholestrol. We have oatmeal every morning but we cook it - baked oatmeal, oatmeal cups, ect. His cholestrol dropped 100 points in 3 months. I read "Prevent a Second Heart Attack: 8 Foods, 8 Weeks to Reverse Heart Disease" by Janet Bond Brill and it really helped!

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    4. I too reduced my cholesterol by about 70 points by eating oatmeal every morning for several months. My cholesterol was only slightly high but the reduction was astounding! I used quick oats and mixed them with water and a packet of Splenda (& usually a tablespoon of peanut butter!) and microwaved. Worked perfectly well for me. Cholesterol has stayed down for 3 years too. LOVE oatmeal!!

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    5. Oh Thanks Lindsay! I love PB, so this is a great way for me to mix up the oatmeal a little bit.

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  13. I think I may try this tonight! I don't have any stevia at home, but I'm thinking agave nectar would work too and it's already in my pantry. I love oatmeal, but living in Texas, I can't bring myself to eat it over the summer...it's just too darn hot! This looks like a great way for me to have my cake (oats) and eat it too!

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  14. This has been my go-to breakfast for awhile now - I love it! It's delicious with a scoop of peanut butter mixed in, and I usually put a hefty shake of cinnamon in mine as well. I've also found that if I mash by banana, rather than slicing it, it adds a lot of volume to the oats, which makes it seem like a bigger breakfast! :)

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    1. For those of us who need to stay away from that wonderful, creamy nectar of the gods called peanut butter, I imagine a spoonful of PB2 (just the powder) would go a long way to impart that flavor.

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  15. Overnight Oats are my go-to summer breakfast! I usually use half water, half milk. It makes me happy that you use mason jars :) They are so useful!

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  16. Definitely bookmarking for when I get paid!

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  17. Great Idea! Will have to try this!

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  18. I'm so glad you posted this recipe! The catering company we have at work makes this for our breakfast a LOT but I'm sure it's not the skinny version. It's so good though. I'll definitely be making this version!

    xoxo
    Dolly

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  19. Can you use honey to sweeten? I need to be healthier with my food choices and sometimes it's so confusing with all the conflicting information out there!

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    1. Honey is perfectly fine, just increase the calories/points.

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  20. Thanks for the tip on the stevia drops. I've tried all brands of powdered form and gotten the bitter aftertaste so I gave up on it. I might give it one more go now!

    *schedules road trip to Whole Foods*

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    1. I still won't use it in my coffee, but I think it's great in many other recipes. I like the vanilla one especially.

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  21. I've been eating refrigerator oats for a couple months after seeing a blog post. My favorite fruit to add is raspberries---for the extra fiber. :-)

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  22. Could I substitute Flax for the Chia seeds? Do you have a preference for one over the other? I'm just starting to see stuff on Chia and trying to figure out which one is "better".

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    1. I like how chia expands and makes you feel fuller longer, but sure, flax is good too!

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    2. They're two different seeds...neither is better than the other, but both are very good for you!

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    3. Chia seeds don't act like normal seeds -- they expand and secrete a nutritious gel when soaked in liquid, which is why they were a good pudding-maker in Gina's last chia recipe! Flax seeds stay plain ole seeds. :)

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    4. Using ground flax seed would be better than the seeds, I would think. That way you still get the benefits but not the weird texture.

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  23. Ah, looks AMAZING! Loooove pecans! (:

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  24. I'm a HUGE fan of overnight oatmeal! I can't wait to try your version (as I'm not a fan of Greek yogurt and oats, either). I recently made some that included bananas and cocoa powder. SO good. Thanks for another awesome recipe!

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  25. I also like grinding up some flax seeds and adding flax meal to the overnight oats because along with the chia, it gives some more heft.

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  26. My hubby was diagnosed with high cholesterol and started eating cooked oatmeal every morning and noticed a dramatic decrease in his levels. Like from medication range to healthy range. He attributes it to the oatmeal because it was the only change he made.

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    1. Oatmeal is amazing, that just shows we are what we eat!

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  27. Thanks for this Gina! Don't have any Mason jars(might get some b/c I think they are kinda cute lol ;-)). I'll be making this sometime for my breakfast :-D

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  28. this looks fantastic! i usually do greek yogurt and chopped apricots & almonds and chia seeds. i like idea of a more liquid form...i've debated using coconut milk but always chicken out :)
    i order chia seeds from nuts.com and sometimes amazon.com. better prices IMO!

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    1. I bet it would be great with coconut milk! But of course, I love coconut.

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    2. I use this new Almond Breeze product--blended with coconut milk. 60 calories for a cup and it imparted a great coconut flavor! I think I will leave out the sweetener (I used agave) next time because I have a feeling that the coconutty flavor will be enough! Enjoy!

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  29. What about using dairy milk... any thoughts on this? Anyone do this.. I just don't have almond milk right now :)

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    1. Yes, you can use dairy milk.

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  30. Any thoughts on stone ground oats? Those are normally my go-to oatmeal oats but I stock the quick ones for baking.

    Looks great though. Will for sure be trying this. Perhaps with some homemade applesauce mixed in!

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    1. I was wondering the same thing. I'm thinking they may have to sit longer than overnight, because they are so dense and firm. I think I will go home and try it tonight, though.
      I love the idea of having something ready for you post-workout, so you don't have to take any extra time to eat breakfast. I have a hard enough time trying to squeeze in a meal in the morning, and have to really push myself to do it.
      I would also like to try the stevia drops. I use Truvia, which is the only brand that I have been able to tolerate. It gets the job done, but I would like to see how the drops compare.
      Thanks again, Gina, for such great ideas/recipes!

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  31. Sorry if I missed it, Gina, but does the Pts Plus value include the pecans? Love your site and I "advertise" it to friends and family whenever I can!

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  32. This sounds great! I like the idea of cold oatmeal in the summer! I have been making chai oatmeal almost every day, with blueberries, peaches and pecans. I boil 1 cup of water and add a chai tea bag and let it steep for 5 minutes, then add 1/2 cup of quick oats and cook for 1 minute. Then I add 2 tsp. maple syrup, 1/2 cup blueberries, 1/2 cup peaches and 1 Tbsp. pecans. It is delicious, but this sounds better on hot days!

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  33. Cheryl Haynes6/18/12, 3:15 PM

    Hi there, I can't get hold of chia seeds (in UK) through my super market. Is there a substitute ?
    Thanks for great recipes by the way

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  34. Thanks for this! I've tried the one that's been making the rounds on Pinterest, but the Greek Yogurt was too tangy for my taste. This sounds much better! I will be making a couple of these tonight!

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  35. Wonder if you could do this with Quinoa? I am trying to get as many grains out of my diet as possible and have made some yummy porridge with quinoa and almond/coconut milk. I started with some plain, already cooked quinoa, added fruits and milk and cooked until it was thickened up.
    I may just have to try this tonight with the quinoa to see. It would be great to be able to grab the jar in the morning and eat it when I get to work.

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  36. Love this idea and plan to get some jars the next time that I am out. Also planning a trip to get the chia seeds, never had them before! Plan to make up a few jars at a time so when nibble temptation hits in the evening, I can grab something nutritious. Just thinking, maybe get two sizes of jars, breakfast size and snack size. That would keep the portion size to what it should be.

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    1. Ooh, I like the idea of using small jars for maybe a 3-pt snack size.

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  37. Jennifer V.6/18/12, 3:34 PM

    Going to try this with Zoom. Not sure how widespread it is, but it is a whole grain oatmeal. I'm always looking for ways to fill up and not be hungry!

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    1. Jennifer V.6/19/12, 3:31 PM

      Came out great with Zoom. Didn't have chia so used ground flax meal, and substituted a couple prunes for the banana and blueberries. (had to use what was on hand) Will do this more often. Thank you for the work you do with these recipes!

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  38. Any idea what the caloric and metric equivalent of the stevia would be for brown sugar?

    I would like to try this with as few modifications as I can but don't have stevia or a place to purchase the nunaturals right away.

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  39. Anyone ever use whole old fashioned oats instead of quick oats? Wonder if they would work?

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    1. I use old fashioned oats and they work just fine.

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  40. I've been trying to find out for SO long, is this slimy like regular oatmeal? I too have high cholesterol (not over weight, in my 30's, thanks mom) but cannot handle the texture of oatmeal.

    Please someone let me know if it's slimy... :)

    Thanks!
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    1. Don't soak it. I just mix with milk and fruit as I prefer having something to chew.

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  41. I also love overnight oats but not with greek yogurt. I have actually never eaten them cold, I usually put them in the micro in the AM. I might venture and try them cold :) Do you know if this could be made with old fashioned oats vs quick cooking?

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  42. I'm really like this breakfast and plan to incorporate it into my diet. Thanks!
    I'm also pleased to hear your brother's controling his cholesterol with oats in his diet.

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  43. Can you leave it in the fridge for more than just one night? I would like to be able to make a few of these at once and have breakfast for maybe 3 days?

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    1. I make 4 of these on Sunday evening & enjoy them for breakfast mon- Thursday. Love it. Enjoy!

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    2. Thank you for your reply. I was wondering the same thing. I def like the idea of making them ahead of time.

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  44. I have done this for the last week with fat free Greek Yogurt. I use Yoplait Honey Vanilla instead of plain for flavor. It's fat free, but adds like 10g of sugar so if you're watching sugar it's probably not the best. I also add a couple teaspoons of maple syrup and seedless Raspberry or Strawberry jam. It takes any remaining tang off the Greek Yogurt and adds flavor, but doesn't make it too sweet. I have also seen a recipe where you can add a tablespoon or two of PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter which is really healthy stuff. Also, I microwave it in increments stirring in between and it is amazing.

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  45. Do you have to use quick oats or will regular oats work?

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    1. I use old fashioned oats all the time

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  46. I dislike bananas. What would you suggest?
    Libby

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  47. christina coghill6/18/12, 5:36 PM

    I have been making this for the last week. I love it. I don't add any additional sweetner or sugar. I also use unsweetened applesauce 1/4 cup, 1/4 cup steel cut oatmeal, 1/4 to 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk, 2 tsp Chia Seeds. MMMM Good. I have also used it without the applesauce, added a bananna and 2 TBLS of Powdered peanut butter. so good and its great for us

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  48. Do you think it would be okay to use frozen berries or would the water affect the overall texture???

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    1. I've used regular "old fashioned" oats and I actually find that they're better than quick oats. I've found that quick oats can get mushy if you don't eat them soon enough. I also have used regular (sweetened) almond milk instead of any additional sweeteners, and it's perfect.

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  49. Can you use regular oaks..any one know?

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    1. Yes, you can use regular oats.

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    2. Sure, I just always have quick oats on hand.

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  50. I'm not a big fan of chia can I just leave it out or subsitute something else?

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    1. Sure, you can use flax or just leave it out. You can really make this to suit your taste.

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  51. I make overnight oats all the time with just regular rolled oats. Tastes delicious and I love how you can customize the "jar" to your liking.

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  52. If, like me, you dislike the tapioca like consistency of chia seeds in liquid, you can always grind them up in a clean coffee grinder or magic bullet first. I'm going to try this for breakfast tomorrow, Thanks!

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  53. Gina, you literally read my mind today! This morning I thought to myself, "I hope she puts an overnight oatmeal recipe on her site soon"! I'm going to make this tonight :o)

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  54. Is the recipe any different with rolled oats? I don't have the quick-cooking kind, but I still want to try this.

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    1. Can't wait. Looks delicious!

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  55. I didn't have chia seeds but I just had to try this tonight. It is in my fridge as we speak...next time I will try it with the chia seeds. Can't wait until the morning!

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  56. I'm curious,how do you get the points values for this? Do the chia seeds have a lot of points?

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  57. How many days will these last? I would like to make a few at a time.

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  58. Would the points change if i omited the chai seeds?

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  59. Interesting ...I never heard of cold oatmeal. Mines in the fridge for tomorrow! :)

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  60. I can't wait to try this one out! I've been cooking steel cut oats on the stove (bring to boil, simmer x 3 min) and then ladeling into 5 mason jars. They sit on the counter for the day and then I put them in the fridge at night on Sunday. Then in the morning I just stir it up, microwave x 1 min, toss in some crasins, fruit and a spoonful of your apple butter recipe and I have breakfast to go during the work week! I can't wait to give this recipe a try too! Would it work with steel cut oats or must it be quick oats?
    -Keri

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  61. I cannot wait to try this! Can I find liquid stevia in a health food store?

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  62. Oh also, would you put the crunchy toppings on for the overnight portion or after you take it out in the morning?

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  63. Love the recipe...but I still really struggle to understand the way weight watchers calculates the points...if I were making this it would be 1 for oats, 2 for the milk, 1 for the chia (really half a point, but this is no longer relevant). So...4...I don't care what they say...blueberries will always be zero points to me, lol, unless I am missing something with the drops??
    THANKS!

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    1. pretty sure what happens is that when you calculate points for a recipe, the fruit "counts"

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    2. My weight watchers leader says to omit zero point items (like blueberries) when calculating your receipe. Basically just build it as a meal instead of a recipe. So, yes, it would be 4.

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  64. This sounds absolutely delicious! I've been looking for a new breakfast alternative! For a long time its been greek yoghurt with fruit and almonds...but I'm getting bored of it and it doesn't fill me up that much...this is awesome! x

    http://zahra1791.blogspot.co.uk/

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  65. I have been making refrigerator oatmeal for a few weeks and I also decided to omit the greek yogurt. I used almond extract and raspberries which was very yummy, but my favorite is straight up coconut, served over a sliced banana,

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    1. coconut ANYTHING is heaven to me, will try that soon :)

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  66. Hi gina! Can you tell me how it comes out to 6pp value

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    1. What are you getting? I get 6 both with recipe builder and calorie info.

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    2. Are you counting the fruit and nuts?

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    3. when you calculate recipes in WW, the fruit adds to the total points

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  67. I have been making these with the Greek Yogurt and oats/fruit/chia seeds/optional sweetener for a couple of months now. LOVE! Sticks to my ribs.

    Instead of glass jars, I found Ball BPA-free, "Stack-Lock-Store" plastic freezer jars. Five 8oz size for about $5.00 at Wal-Mart. The lids twist on and the bottoms of the jars screw onto the lid of another jar so they can be stacked to save space in the fridge.

    I must try your version, Gina! Thanks for the tip on a better tasting Stevia! Keep up the great posts!

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  68. This post is so timely; I just made overnight oatmeal last night and I am devouring it as I type! I used strawberries, a little low sugar strawberry oreserves, and no sweetner. DELISH!

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  69. I am in love with this oatmeal. I've been eating a variation of it for two weeks now. I love how cold it is, to contrast the hot weather we've been having. Perfectly refreshing, and the variations are endless!

    Oh, and I'm totally in love with chia seeds. I tried your coconut mango chia pudding awhile back, and I've been HOOKED ever since!

    I am in breakfast love!!!

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  70. I can't imagine working out on an empty stomach.. no fuel?? not good (at least for me).

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    1. Oh yes, I have a cup of coffee and a banana before I go.

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  71. can you use regular oats with this or does it have to be quick oats?

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    1. Regular oats work fine.

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  72. Really excited to try this because I love oatmeal, but sometimes on hot summer morning a big steaming hot bowl of oatmeal it just too much, excited for a cooler version.

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  73. I really, really love this idea. Can't wait to try it myself.

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  74. Thanks for doing this website! We do a similar recipe, using steel-cut oats. Since they're not processed, they have a much slower impact on blood sugar and keep us full all morning. They take 30 minutes to cook, so once a week we make enough to fill a big bowl and store them in the refrigerator. I use 4 cups of water for each 1/4 cup of raw steel-cut oats. Bring the water to a boil, add the oats and cook on low uncovered for about 30 minutes, stirring often. We have enough for at least a week. The oats plump up as they cook - they have a great texture.

    Each morning, we just put a half cup in a bowl, add some skim milk or unsweetened almond milk, blueberries, shredded or chopped apple, cinnamon, chopped walnuts and something to sweeten it a little - although the apples add a lot of sweetness! Put in the microwave for minute or two to warm up or eat it cold. For some extra fiber, we stir in 1/4 cup of TOASTED wheat bran and one tablespoon of flax meal. Soooooo delicious - very much like Swiss muesli!

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  75. I love your blog and this recipe, I "pin" all your stuff your so good thank you for having such a fabulous blog!!!

    ps. I know I hardly comment but I read you daily :-)

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  76. I made some overnight oats last night, I used the same recipe except I put in 1 tablespoon of PB2 and 1/2 banana chopped. It was delish!!! I didn't use nuts trying to cut the points down a little, you actually don't even need the stevia if you use a really ripe banana.

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    1. Yes, the more sweetness you can get from the fruit the better! I'll be doing a PB2 version soon!

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  77. Chia seeds are great and highly nutritious! You can order them from many sources. Great prices at www.vitacost.com, Amazon or http://www.chiaseedsdirect.com/. On another note, I will never use stevia again. Last year I was putting a protein powder in my smoothies. One day I got so dizzy that I could barely stand up. It went on for weeks. After ruling out inner ear, etc, my doctor asked if I was using any new vitamins, etc. Once I mentioned Stevia he told me to get off that immediately, and once I did I was back to normal. I started reading the negative effects of it. My doctor also said that just because it is considered "natural" does not mean it is good. Also, there are no long-term studes yet, so the jury is out. I would hesitate to give this to children, although it seems to be the latest fad! Food for thought....

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    1. Thanks for that info! I had the same effect with "Truvia" but realized it had additional ingredients other than stevia. I've had no reaction to liquid stevia and I'm pretty sensitive to everything but will keep that in mind.

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    2. Wow. Interesting. I've been using Truvia for quite some time now. I get occasional bouts of dizziness, but blamed it on other things, and it was never enough to be a major nuissance. I will definitely have to do more investigating. Too bad, because Truvia is the only one I've found that I don't hate! I have yet to try the drops, though.
      Thank you for bringing this to my attention!

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    3. Truvia, is stevia plus something else. I think that extra ingredient is what bothers me.

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  78. can I use old-fashioned oats or steelcut oats for this recipe

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  79. I haven't tried with steel cut, but Irish or Old Fashioned is fine.

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  80. does it get runny when you take it out of the fridge>?

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  81. Gina, my daughters and I have just discovered summer porridge and have been doing this for about 2-3 weeks now. We love it! It's very filling and absolutely delicious. There are other posts on the internet where you can find different flavor varieties. That is what's so nice - everyone can make their own favorite flavor at night and it's ready to go in the morning. I love that we make these in individual servings and I actually like cold oatmeal better than hot. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. summer porridge, what a sweet name for it, wish I thought of that.

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  82. I totally agree with you on NuNaturals Stevia. I have tried several brands and NuNaturals is the only one I like. Can't wait to try this recipe!!!

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  83. What an interesting idea. I'll be trying it tonight. Thanks.

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  84. So glad you featured the SKINNY version of Overnight Oats!
    Thanks Gina!
    xo

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  85. where do you buy chia seeds

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  86. I use date sugar and cinammon in my oatmeal along with the banana. I can't wait to try this oatmeal in a jar.

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  87. There have been so many posts on this I finally decided to try it since I had everything at home. I made mine with the oats and greek yogurt then added a scoop of boysenberry jam and banana. I didn't have chia seeds on hand but had flax seeds.

    IT IS AMAZING!! I'm going to try a almond butter and banana version this week as well

    Also, funny enough - I have been making that green machine smoothie for quite some time and I love it. It fills me up all day! I've used Kale in it as well which does a good job!

    Thanks!

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  88. we've been makeing these a few weeks & have used everythig from cranberry conserve to cherry jelly & every family member LOVES them...especially the ability to be creative with the recipe!!!

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  89. Would regular rolled or steelcut oatswork, or would that not soften up enough?

    Thanks!

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  90. I've been making this every day to help with breast milk production and to lose weight :) I actually use the vanilla almond milk with some honey and cinnamon. I have never liked warm oatmeal or oatmeal made with water.

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  91. That is so awesome that he was able to make a positive change with diet!!!

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  92. Thanks for all the great recipes!!! Just figured out how to leave a post! Been using your recipes for months now and brag about them to everyone!!!! Love them!

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  93. Delicious! Used ground flax seed (what I ahd on hand) instead of chia seeds and a drop of agave nectar. The best part - it shaved at least 10 minutes off my morning wondering what to make for breakfast!

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  94. The idea of cold oatmeal doesn't sound very good to me...does it do well if you warm it up?

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    1. Sure, you can microwave it to get the chill out, but if you're going to make it on the stove, kind of defeats the purpose of making them overnight.

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  95. How would you use Greek yogurt in it? Seems it would need more liquid if you did? Please let me know...

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    1. Just add 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup, no other changes need to be done.

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  96. Do you really need to add the banana? I don't like bananas in anything. Is there something else I can add or just go without it?

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    1. Use any fruit you like with your oatmeal.

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  97. Thank you SO much for doing this! I made a regular one and it was 11pp! I couldn't believe it.

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    1. Yes, although it's healthy, the points can really add up!

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  98. This sounds ideal as a breakfast I can take to work-trying it tomorrow for sure!
    Sue

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  99. Gina Im gonna make this tonight but I would like to know if the optional nuts will add more pints to the recipe or if these were in it.
    Thank you, carmen

    I gotta tell you that my husband and love the pernil in the slow cooker..he is puertorrican and told me that didnt miss the skin...yeahhh! Can you believe that?! He loved the cuban sadw. i made the following day too =)
    Thanks for sharing all your recies with us.

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    1. I know!! My husband loves it too and gave me the thumbs up so now it's the only way I make it!!

      Yes, the nuts were included in the nutritional info.

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  100. I made some of this using cherry preserves (good b/c it has whole cherries in it), almond flavoring and slivered almonds! It was delish. I haven't figured out the points difference yet though.

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  101. Can you freeze this, so I can make a few at a time for the week?

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  102. What if you don't like bananas? What else can I use? Would you email me at godsprincess1980@gmail.com because I never know when you have replied here! :)

    Thanks!
    Julie

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    1. Just leave the bananas out if you don't like them, and add a few more blueberries.

      This is a VERY flexible recipe!

      I've been eating cold oatmeal in various forms for the last few weeks now, and am in breakfast LOVE! :-)

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  103. Can u use flax seeds vs chia?

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  104. Could I just sub any fruit for the banana? I'm thinking peaches when in season, maybe berries? I'm allergic to bananas :(

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    1. Alice Bazzell6/19/12, 8:39 PM

      WOW!I finally found someone else allergic to bananas! Any other fruit ideas to replace the bananas would be wonderful! This sounds like an excellant quick but good for you breakfast when I get up at 5am!

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    2. I get up at 5 am too, and usually bring my breakfast to work with me. Greek yogurt with berries is getting old, though, LOL. And yes, being allergic to bananas sucks, and nobody believes me when I tell them!

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    3. I left out the banana and only used blueberries (just added a few extra). It was delicious!

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  105. I had this for breakfast this morning and it is wonderful!! I don't have any Stevia, so I used about 1tsp of granulated Splenda and it was perfectly!

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  106. I was figuring you would heat this up, but there have been no comments on that...don't you heat it? If so, for how long? I have a cup in the frig right now for tomorrow morning...s

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    1. It's supposed to be eaten cold and doesn't need to be heated at all.

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  107. I made this last night! I didn't have chia seeds or stevia. I used brown sugar instead, and still turned out great! Thanks Gina:)

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  108. Thanks for the recipe! I've fallen in love with refrigerator oatmeal and having another variation is fantastic.

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  109. I made this last night and it was awesome!! I used cocoa powder and banana with almond/coconut milk. I may have to adjust the liquid a bit because I omitted the chia seeds..it was a bit soupy. But this is a fabulous summer oatmeal!!

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  110. I have been making this EVERY SINGLE morning!! Thanks so much!! It's so quick and satisfying.

    For everyone asking where to buy chia seeds. You can get them at GNC, and right now they are buy 1, get 1 50% off so 1.75lbs (2bags) of Organic Chia for 18.00

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  111. Hi Gina, I have never tried raw oats - is there any reason that I couldn't throw this in the microwave for a minute or so if raw isn't to my liking? Thanks!

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  112. I made this last night, took it to work and just ate it ...I'm sad its gone! I used 1/4 c regular oats, one packet of truvia(I dont mind the taste), 1/2 c of skim milk, 1/2 banana and a very ripe peach. OMG it was amazing. I even forgot to top with someone crunchy but I didnt mind. sooo delicious! I can't wait to try other variations. Thanks Gina!

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  113. I just finished eating this for breakfast this morning. It is delicious! I used the unsweetened vanilla almond milk and followed the rest of the recipe as written. However, I did not add any sweetener at all, and I didn't miss it. It was sweet enough from the fruit in my opinion. Thanks for another great recipe, Gina!

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  114. Delicious! I tasted it a few hours after mixing it up and did not like it and I thought there was no way I would be able to eat it for breakfast. Boy, was I wrong, it was so good. Loved it cold, and with all the fruit in it,I didnt think it needed any more sweetening. Thanks for all the wonderful recipes, you are so inspiring with all these pretty, tasty, healthy recipes. I have tried many and loved them all-so does my husband and children. Thanks again!

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  115. I made last night and just ate this for breakfast and it was soooo tasty, however I used fresh strawberries instead of blueberries. As someone else mentioned I forgot my crunchy topping but really didn't need it. I will be making this again, thanks again for another yummy recipe!

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  116. I made this last night and ate it this morning. SUPER YUMMY!!! I'm not surprised. I have yet to make something off this site that doesn't rock it. THANKS GINA!!!!

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  117. This was awesomely delicious. Thanks! I have to make myself eat breakfast because I'm never hungry in the morning so I am constantly looking for something that is easy and fills me up. This was perfect.

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  118. Gina, thank you so much! This is awesome oatmeal. I love, love, love it.

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  119. Just had it for breakfast and it was very good.I used rolled oats and flax seeds instead. Plus I sat it out on the counter while I worked out to take the chill off.

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