Overnight Oats in a Jar (Dairy-Free)

Dec 19 2017, 5:22 pm

Overnight Oats in a Jar (or OOJ) is the perfect breakfast staple for a busy week. You prepare everything the night before, then in the morning you get to enjoy a healthy, deliciously filling breakfast.

Oatmeal is that breakfast item most people think is a healthy option when you prepare it yourself at home.

And indeed, oatmeal is certainly healthy. By this I mean starting out with whole rolled oats and adding in healthy options such as nut butter, berries and other fruit or nuts. Pre-packaged instant oatmeal often contain lots of sugar and other processed ingredients.

Oats can be a great base for creating a multitude of sweet or savoury breakfast ideas.

During the week, oatmeal seems harder to prepare before heading out the door to work. But ever since I discovered Overnight Oats, you can prepare them the night before and enjoy breakfasts that will keep you full of energy well into lunch.

Overnight Oats in a Jar

You prepare the base with oats, chia seeds (optional), and a liquid that will absorb overnight. Then top it with fruit or even an egg the next morning for a super quick breakfast. The best part is there is no cooking involved. Cold oats are quite delicious.

If you’ve never tried chia seeds, they are known to be quite healthy – I’d suggest adding them to your breakfast oats. They have more omega 3 fatty acids than flax seed, they absorb 10 times their weight in water and create a gel-like substance, are high in protein, calcium, potassium and vitamin B. If you’re worried what they taste like, they’re almost flavourless. You won’t taste them in the oats, just the toppings you use.

Other great oat topping ideas are:

  • Nuts
  • Granola
  • Chia Seeds
  • Fruit (banana, diced apple, mango, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, orange,
  • Nut butter (almond, peanut, cashew)
  • Cereal
  • Crumbled muffin / banana bread / scone
  • Yogurt
  • Honey / syrup
  • Shredded Coconut
  • Jam
  • Apple sauce

Here is a website with LOTS of other recipe ideas for Overnight Oats

You can certainly make this in a small tupperware container as well if you don’t have mason jars.

Overnight Oats in a Jar


  • 1/2 cup Rolled Oats (wheat-free/gluten free if needed)
  • 3/4 cup Almond Milk or other dairy-free alternative
  • 1 tbs. Chia Seeds (optional)
  • Topping of choice

Special Equipment needed:

  • Mason Jar (or other small tupperware)


  1. Fill mason jar with the 1/2 cup rolled oats. Mix in the chia seeds. Pour in the almond milk and give it a stir. Top with lid and refrigerate overnight, or six hours.
  2. Remove from fridge, top with desired ingredients (spoonful of nut butter and fruit is a lovely combination).
  3. Enjoy!

Overnight Oats in a Jar

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