Beach Cottage Things in Mason Jars

Thu 21st, Jun, 2012

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 Recipes in a Jar



Overnight Oats today Beach Cottage lovelies!


So I love the idea of things in Mason Jars or Jam Jars or indeed recipes in jars – overnight oats, sugar scrubs for one’s forty-is-the-new-thirty skin, vintage blue ones stuffed full of flowers, re-cycled ones grouped and filled with tealights…the list my little lovelies is endless is it not?

And food of course, that’s good too!

This then, is overnight oats in a Mason Jar and these little jars, filled with oats have, while not quite changed my life, been a very good positive to the mornings in this tatty old cottage.


I won’t bore you again with the fact that eating when I get up makes me gag, but it does and so, invariably, I would do one of three things – not eat and then be chewing the table by lunchtime, let my blood sugar go so low that I would feel dreadful or grab something I shouldn’t be grabbing at about 11am.

I do though often make porridge and it’s been part of my life for a very long time, always made in the saucepan, I never like it in the microwave but I had never before heard of overnight oats…overnight oats?  How quite do overnight oats work I asked myself.

Well, overnight oats work like this – you pop them in a container, add  liquid, cover them and then you just wait.  And for Overnight Oats, believe it or not, you wait overnight ;-)

Now let me tell you, I do not have a shortage of Mason Jars for Overnight Oats or  Oats-in-a-Jar, that is for sure and I have tried them a couple of different ways now, different sizes and amounts and differing lengths of ‘overnighting’

…so very easy, just make them up (takes less than a minute), screw the Mason Jar lid on and pop in the fridge ready for the morning




…and you can throw other good stuff in there too with the oats and the milk

I have been hearing a lot about CHIA seeds too on my late-night recipe trawling, especially since I have been looking for ways to get more energy and avoid that arvo slump – I know nothing of whether CHIA seeds are the best thing since sliced bread but if people say they are good, I’ll sling ‘em in and give it a go…apparently they are all Omega 3 ish, good for hydration, high in calcium and anti-oxidantss and the list goes on

Here’s a bigger one lot of overnight oats with chia seeds too – they go in the night before in the jar with the overnight oats



Mostly I have been having these just like this, because that is how I have always eaten porridge, but once you start looking into Overnight Oats, my goodness the mind starts to boggle with things you can throw on to add a bit of interest…

Here’s where it gets interesting – the toppings!

…the list goes on and on – here are a couple I have liked so far (plus did anyone say warm peanut butter and chocolate?  Ahem kinda possibly negating the healthy bits?  Do another sit-up ;-) )




Overnight Oats with Raspberries and Maple Syrup




Overnight Oats with Jam + Sliced Banana




 How to Make Overnight Oats in a Jar

Overnight Oats Recipe


1/3 cup oats

1/2 cup milk

1. pour oats into jar

2. add milk

3. screw on lid or tightly cover with cling film

4. place in fridge overnight


Beach Cottage overnight oats recipe notes  * for chia seeds add 1/2 to 1 tsp  * you can add more or less milk for a different consistency *sugar or honey can be added if you like it sweet *do not use quick or microwave oats


These are also brilliant for when you might have to get up early for sport, hello Mrs Beach Cottage, that would be you, have odd work hours or never get time for breakfast in the morning – you can bung a few of these made up in the fridge on one hit, they last a few days (you may want to use plastic containers) and then just grab them as you are running out the door (I tape a spoon to the side, or I also have a couple of pots with spoons that are in the lid).

These are, on the internet, often referred to as Summer Porridge, and I can see why, if, like me you have always eaten porridge warm in a steaming hot bowl with the freezing weather outside, this might seem a bit odd – it is a bit….but this way of doing it results in a different flavour, it’s somehow creamier and yummier.

If you do want it hot though I have zapped them a few times in the microwave with good results – and somehow pulling it out of the fridge and into the microwave already done is just one less thing to do or worry about in the morning…if you know what I mean…

That’s it from me for now

I am off to do some coastal photography today, happy days



p.s. Beach Cottage Daily beach pics is updated here 


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50 Responses to “Beach Cottage Things in Mason Jars”

  1. gorgeous shots my girl – I never thought i’d CRAVE overnight oats in a jar & you’ve done it!! xo

  2. Motherofluvlies says:

    Now that photo with the Grey sea,white crashing waves on dark sand is an interesting colour mix,hmmmm.

  3. Vanessa says:

    Great and delicious idea!! I want to try it! Also love the Anthro spoons… beautiful pics! ~ Vanessa

  4. I am similar with my morning eating habits. But this looks awesome. I will totally try some Beach Cottage Overnight Oats!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the recipe! I will try it on my husband as he leaves home 3 mornings a week at 4am and doesnt eat before he leaves. So this will be a nice change from the yoghurt he now takes.
    Have a super day!

  6. Yum! I wish I could eat oats (gluten) but I might search the internet to see whether quinoa would work. Beautiful photography, Sarah x

  7. Kylie says:

    Yum – I’ve always had mine hot. Must try them cold. I have mine with chia (mix of black & white), ground flax seed, honey, flaked almonds and sliced banana. Sometimes add shredded coconut.

  8. (Squinching up nose) So… it’s good then??? Not too… mushy???
    (Deep breath) Ok, I trust you. You wouldn’t post it if you didn’t like it. I will try it. Loving my oats with honey almond butter and fresh fruit right now…. every morning!

  9. lg says:

    Hey! This is what I have for breakfast every morning – well my version of it that is. My fave combo is to grate half an apple (even the seeds), a scoop of natural youghurt, a few sultanas and a spoon of mixed nuts/seeds. If you forget to make it up the night before, you can also just soak the oats in water or milk for as long as you’ve got (while you are making the lunches for example), then drain and add toppings. Won’t be quite as soft, but still ok.

    lg xxx
    ps: glad you have got the breakfast thing sorted!

  10. Katie says:

    Where on earth are those precious polka dot utensils from?! Adorable!

  11. Gwen says:

    I use 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 3 tablespoons chia seeds, raw sunflower seeds, raw almond slivers, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/8 tsp allspice, 1/8 tsp cardiman. I mix all together and let sit on the counter for an hour. I usually go for a run while waiting. The chia seeds absorb all the flavors and I then add chopped strawberries, bananas or whatever fruit I have on hand. Yummy, low calorie and it keeps me full a long time. I also hate breakfast! lol!

  12. Janelle says:

    I think I would eat ANYTHING if you gave it to me in that beautiful little jar with the pale blue lid. And then I would steal that jar! Gorgeous pics as usual….xx

  13. Rukmini Roy says:

    Very smart idea for people who hate breakfast or more making it. And yes, oats has been a staple here too. I now know why mum made us oats so often, for that that I dont need to read her hidden mum diaries anymore :)
    Another great addition is cinnamon and a drop vanilla extract. Try it. It’s really heavenly.

  14. Grace says:

    I never eat breakfast…but after reading this, maybe I should! You make it look delicious! Also, where did you get those cute little checked and polka dot spoons? Loved this post, as always!

    Blessings, Grace

  15. That looks delicious! (Then again, you make all food look delightful.) I wonder if they’re the same thing as steel cut oats? I make them in the pan and they take about a half hour…but there’s an option to overnight them in the fridge that I’ve never paid attention to. Off to look because this looks heavenly. Oh, and off to google Chia seeds. Never heard of ‘em.

    I’m not a breakfast person either but I do try. If I don’t eat it, I pretty much need an exorcism by 1:00.


    P.S. Where did you get the mason with the blue floral lid? Cute as a button.

  16. linda says:

    What a lovely idea…
    I am going to try it for sure…
    What a lovely blog you have…..just love it!!

    Linda :o)

  17. Alice says:

    oh my goodness!!!! I love this! We are regular porridge eaters in this household too… Hubby (in charge of breakfast) usually does it on the stove with some honey and milk then he adds some strawberries and blueberries or bananas and a dallop of vanilla youghurt – yum! But this looks fantastic and I am interested in the flavour and texture too… Must try this!


  18. Tammi says:

    Porridge is pretty much all we eat during the winter months and while that too gets soaked overnight the thought of eating it cold will take some getting used to :)

    I’ve been using chia seeds since the start of the year now and I must say chia porridge is delish…simply mix a few tbsp of chia seeds in a bit of coconut cream/milk and place in fridge a few hours. Lovely with added extras of nuts and dried fruit.

    I have must catching up to do here so be seeing you.


  19. alison says:

    I love porridge. Now there is NO excuse for people to miss breakfast-not that I do. Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day.
    I laugh when I see advertising for quick breakfast options which all take longer than a bowl of cereal in your own home.
    You’ve got me thinking of things I can add to oats and experimenting with quinoa. I recently added quinoa raw to a muffin recipe and then thought, “Oops, that’s the equivalent of adding raw rice. Oh well, the muffins will be a little crunchy.” But the muffins weren’t crunchy, except for a couple of random quinoa balls.


  20. Shannon D says:

    This made me think of a favorite recipie you may enjoy also. From a friends blog. Super yummy. I can’t wait to try yours we love porridge here. Quick is always helpful.


  21. Sarah says:

    Hi Sarah
    I love your blog so I hope you don’t mind but I have nominated you the Sunshine Award. :)

  22. Neen says:

    Ok so not too mushy ???? I eat porridge every morning and cook it to within an inch of it’s life until it is crunchy, yep that long. Hubby just shakes his head…… lots. Will give it a try as all your other recipes have been FANTASTIC ( having left over lasagne soup tonight!!) Thankyou Sarah a change is as good as a holiday!!

  23. bec says:

    What an awesome idea Sarah. I am so doing this. Right now I am imagining all the yummy things I’m going to add to my jar of goodies….thanks so much for this post!
    Bec x

  24. Motherofluvlies says:

    P.s what is a mason jar?

  25. Kate (Oxford UK) says:

    Oh Sarah – what a great breakfast! Having got the hang of chia seeds and matcha powder in my mid afternoon smoothies at work (made the night before) I shall be making overnight oats ready for tomorrow as soon as I leave the keyboard. I’m rubbish at breakfast too, so with these for the morning and smoothies for the afternoon I shall be super healthy soon!

    I’m loving your posts at the moment.
    Kate x

    • sarah says:

      Hey Kate

      I am loving your comments from Oxford!

      this porridge has helped me because it’s so easy to grab and with the smoothies really seems to be helping the afternoon slump thing…

      I hope you like it

  26. Fleur says:

    Lurrve this! Ive been doing something similar in tupperware with bircher muesli, but jars is so much nicer :)
    You’ve just inspired me to create a pinterest board called jars jars jars!

  27. Wendy says:

    Great pics, I too only ever ate oats hot, but, gonna try your version..love the simplicity, and the spoons? Are they from anthropologie??

  28. Ellie says:

    Oh I will definitely give your “summer porridge” a go.
    I have porridge for breakfast every morning. I make mine with half water and half milk. When its cooked I add some frozen red berries (I use Tesco Summer Fruits mix) and a spoon of honey. Its give a nice fresh taste to the porridge.

  29. Martina says:

    I’ve always liked to take oatmeal in the morning, but it is true that it takes time to cook and do not always have …
    Your idea seemed great to me! With your permission, I copy you!
    Thanks again for your blog! Always so interesting.

  30. Marksgran says:

    Thank you for this recipe. My son has just moved into his own place and he loves porridge and I think he’ll love this idea, it will save him so much time in the morning. Your blog is lovely, I love it. thanks again.

  31. Karen says:

    This is brilliant. I have a bunch of 1/2 pint mason jars. I’m going to portion out the dry ingredients into them instead of having to mess with the bags of oats and nuts and seeds in the cupboard. Much easier! tHANK YOU :)

    In return, I give you the gift that keeps on giving: cocoa powder and peanut butter won’t undermine the healthiness at all – they’ll just turn your brek into a nutritional powerhouse! Check it out:


    Guess what I’m putting in my overnight oats from now on???

  32. Gab says:

    Why cant quick oats be used???

  33. Julie says:

    I really love this idea and your photo styling!! And just to think that oats are a super food. I always put chia seeds into a large bottle of water at the start of the day & and drink it over the day.
    Have you ever heard of Burcher Muesli? That is also done overnight and then you add grated apple etc to it in the morning.