Mason Jar Oatmeal

Mason Jar Oatmeal

Serves 4 15 minute prep time

I get it, mornings are busy. And amidst making sure you’re ready for work and your kids are organized, fed and out the door on time, breakfast for you often takes a backseat (or no seat at all). While I love a quick smoothie, sometimes a warm bowl of oats is more appealing for these cold dark days.

With very minimal prep you can pre-make oatmeal, divide it into containers with toppings that satisfy both you and your family, and have a nutrient-rich, delicious breakfast that takes less than 5 minutes to make and can be eaten at home or while running out the door.


  • 2 cups rolled oats (or steel cut oats*)
  • 2 cups liquid (you can use all water, though a combination with non-dairy milk yields more creamy consistency)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Toppings:
  • Chocolate Lovers:
  • 1 Tbsp Chocolate Vega® Essentials
  • ½ sliced banana
  • 1 Tbsp peanut butter
  • Fruit & Nuts:
  • 1 Tbsp dried cherries + 2 Tbsp chopped roasted, salted almonds
  • 1 Tbsp dried apricot or golden raisin + 2 Tbsp chopped raw walnuts
  • ½ sliced banana + 2 Tbsp chopped pecans
  • ½ apple, chopped + 2 Tbsp walnuts and pumpkin seeds


  • Cook oats on stove on medium low heat until most liquid is dissolved and oats are soft.

  • Remove from heat while a bit of liquid still remains (the oats will continue to soak the liquid as they cool)

  • Divide oats into 4 containers and let cool with lids off

  • Once cool, add mix ins then (or wait and do it before you eat), top oatmeal and store in refrigerator

  • When ready to eat top oats with a splash of water or milk, stir and reheat in microwave. Add any additional toppings.

    1. Chocolate Lovers: After reheating, stir into oatmeal 1 tablespoon Vega Essentials Chocolate or Vega One Chocolate (for a protein boost), and top with ½ sliced banana and 1 tablespoon peanut butter.
    2. Fruit and Nut: Stir into oatmeal either while preparing or right before eating 1 tablespoon dried fruit and 2 tablespoons chopped nuts.


    • Leftover oats will last in refrigerator for up to 5 days.
    • To save time, cook your oats in a slow cooker or rice cooker overnight, which lets you wake up to piping hot oatmeal in the morning. To do this make sure you use steel cut oats, and add 4 cups liquid for 1 cup of oats. Cook on low for 8 hours and in the morning spoon out and top with your choice of toppings .