Breakfast in a Jar

Eating food out of a mason jar seems to be quite the trend these days.  When I saw this month’s Recipe ReDux theme of “Raising the Bar on Food in a Jar” I thought it would be the perfect time to try out a new spin on overnight oats.

Breakfast in a Jar - Get it all ready the night before, heat it up for 2 minutes in the microwave in the morning. Quick and easy!  From #glutenfree

As someone who has very little time to eat in the morning, I prefer a quick grab-n-go breakfast.  Overnight cereal is perfect for that because you can put it together the night before, pull it out in the morning, nuke it in the microwave for 2 minutes, and you’re off with a warm and satisfying breakfast.

Breakfast in a Jar - Get it all ready the night before, heat it up for 2 minutes in the microwave in the morning. Quick and easy!  From #glutenfree

Change up the combination any way you like, the possibilities are endless.  Most any grain will work, and you can use fruit, nuts, and spices to keep things interesting.  Go ahead, give Breakfast in a Jar a try this week!

Breakfast in a Jar - Get it all ready the night before, heat it up for 2 minutes in the microwave in the morning. Quick and easy!  From #glutenfree

Breakfast in a Jar

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 4 minutes
Servings 1


  • 1/2 cup preferred grain I used Bob's Red Mill GF Hot Cereal Mix
  • 3/4 cup almond milk or milk of choice
  • 1 Tbsp. golden flaxseed meal can also use chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp honey
  • Fruit and/or nuts for topping as desired


  • Add grain, milk, flax, cinnamon and honey to a mason jar. Stir well and cover with a lid. Refrigerate overnight.
  • In the morning, remove the lid, pop the jar in the microwave on high for 2 minutes. Top with nuts and/or fruit as desired.
  • Go! Go! Go! You're late for school!


What is your favorite food to eat in a jar?  Find more ideas below! 



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  • Michelle @ My Gluten-free Kitchen August 20, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    I really like this idea. Have you ever tried it with just gluten-free old-fashioned oats?

    • inspiredrd August 20, 2013 at 9:41 pm

      I’ve done overnight oats that way, but I seem to be one of those celiacs without a high tolerance for GF oats. I’m sure it would work well though!

  • Rosanne August 20, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    Thanks for the breakfast inspiration i was looking for and didnt even know it! Going to try it with TJ’s oats tonight.

    • inspiredrd August 21, 2013 at 6:20 am


  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine August 21, 2013 at 12:02 am

    Sometimes I like to set up “overnight” quinoa flakes in a jar. But since they don’t soak up the liquid until you heat them, they aren’t ready until you microwave them for 2 minutes! But it saves time anyway.

    • inspiredrd August 21, 2013 at 6:20 am

      That’s kind of how this overnight cereal is, but yes it saves time for sure!

  • Deanna Segrave-Daly August 21, 2013 at 7:20 am

    Love me some overnight oats – was doing them for awhile with peanut butter and jam but kind of got out of the habit. Making some right now after reading your post 🙂

  • Alex Caspero MA,RD (@delishknowledge) August 21, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Love it! Overnight oats are my favorite, need to try Bobs Mix!

  • Diane August 21, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    You made them in 4 minutes! Every parent should have this recipe!!!

  • EA-The Spicy RD August 21, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Can you believe I just tried overnight oats last week? I had been pinning recipes for over a year, before a finally tried it. Now that I know how yummy it is, there is no going back! Your breakfast in a jar idea looks delicious! Hope you’ve had a wonderful summer 🙂

  • Tiff @ Love, Sweat, & Beers August 22, 2013 at 3:55 am

    I was never really into overnight oats in a jar, but then again, I never did microwave mine after. Sounds good!

  • Liz - Meal Makeover Mom August 22, 2013 at 5:02 am

    Mason jars are so perfect for over-night breakfast cereals. Love the photos and the combo of ingredients!

  • sandra August 22, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    I really need to try out over night cereal. sounds so great to have it ready in the morning without any cooking!

  • Serena August 25, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Simple, stunning photos! I NEED to make these for my kids! One week of school down and I’m already yelling the last line of your recipe!