Oats in a Jar: The Best Part of Waking Up?

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Last night I made my first batch of the blogger breakfast favorite, overnight oats in a jar (also known as OIAJ). I tried overnight oat bran in a jar a few weeks ago, but it turned out super watery. I figured that was because oat bran soaks up less liquid than old fashioned oats, so I decided it was time to try out regular overnight oatmeal soaked in the dregs of my Costco-sized jar of almond butter.

Last night I dumped the following into the jar, which contained roughly a Tablespoon of almond butter:
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4-ish teaspoon best vanilla ever (really)
  • 1 packet stevia
  • dash of cinnamon
  • splash of vanilla coffee creamer (because we're out of milk)
  • 1 Tablespoon raisins
I stirred it all up, then left it in the fridge to soak overnight. This morning, I eagerly retrieved what I was sure would be a thick bowl of delicious chilled oatmeal. What I found was this:

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I'm thinking that the culprit here is too much liquid. Next time I'll try putting in a one-to-one ratio of oats to liquid and see how it goes. However, not wanting the food to go to waste, I gobbled the watery OIAJ down all the same. In spite of having been drowned in excess fluid, this breakfast was still tasty. And if it's good in all its imperfection, I can't wait to see what it will be like when I actually get it right.

Have you ever made overnight oats or OIAJ or some combination thereof? Do you have any tips for me? I could sure use them!

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