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On-the-go oats

6 servings

These convenient, make-ahead oats boast a nourishing, instant breakfast that isn’t the same-old packet of brown sugar oatmeal.


  • 4 cups water
  • 1⅔ cup steel-cut oats
  • Pinch of salt


Prep work: In a medium saucepan, bring the oats, water and salt to a boil. Simmer for three minutes, then remove from heat. Let stand, uncovered, at room temperature for about 10–20 minutes. Pour about 2/3 cup of oats into six pint-sized mason jars with lids. Allow to cool, then seal and refrigerate overnight. Store for up to a week in the refrigerator.

To prepare: Take the cap off one jar and stir the oatmeal. Microwave for two to three minutes, or until hot. Then, add a teaspoon or more of additional milk or water until you reach your preferred consistency. Add desired toppings.


Top with fresh berries, sliced almonds, granola and cinnamon.


  • 150 calories
  • 2.5g fat (5g saturated fat)
  • 0mg cholesterol
  • 30mg sodium
  • 27g carbohydrate
  • 0g sugars
  • 4g fiber
  • 5g protein