I have been seeing a lot of mason jar recipes on Pinterest and on my favorite food blogs lately. However, I really fell in love with this recipe and concept. I try to eat mostly raw, but at times I crave something real breakfast-y if you know what I mean. This is perfect because you don't cook the oatmeal. I couldn't find raw oats (groats) so this time I just used organic rolled oaks. This dish came out just perfect. I had to pack our breakfast this past weekend and what a cute way to pack a meal.
My husband doesn't like walnuts, so I put raw sliced almonds and raspberries in his.
I tried raw walnuts and raspberries in mine. Just delicious. I added in a tablespoon of chia seeds that are packed with protein. One tablespoon will give you 3 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber, and 2.9 grams of omega-3 fatty acids.
Oatmeal has great benefits as well. Some of you may ask if eating uncooked oatmeal is healthy. Check out the benefits of oatmeal cooked or uncooked HERE. Whether cooked or uncooked, oats have high nutritional value and approximately 310 to 390 calories per 100 g serving. This serving size delivers 9 to 11 g of fiber and 13 to 17 g of protein. Oats are also a good source of polyunsaturated fat and monounsaturated fat, which are healthy for the heart. Although they don't pack a powerful punch in terms of vitamins, they are high in several minerals, including calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium and manganese. The soluble fiber in oats helps to eliminate cholesterol and lower blood pressure, and the insoluble fiber helps keep your digestive tract healthy and efficient. The beta-glucan in oatmeal can also help regulate blood sugar, and the lignans can protect the body against cancer.
I got these jars from Ikea. These SLOM jars with lid are only $2.99. What I also love about this recipe is that there are no set rules. You can use any kind of milk you like, use your favorite berries, dried fruit or nuts. Such a great little recipe!
1/2 cups oats
1 tablespoon chia seeds
3/4 cup almond or coconut milk
2 tablespoons dried cranberries
1 table spoon shredded coconut
1 tablespoon raw almonds or walnuts
Mix the first five ingredients in the mason jar. Cover and refrigerate overnight or at least 5 hours. Top with the nuts and fruit in the morning and enjoy!
I have also done versions with figs, no dried fruit, with dates. They have all been really good. Just choose your favorite combination!
Oh, and here's my Instagram shot of eating this the other day on the run. It was the perfect breakfast.