I was up at 6:15 this morning after a little bit of a rough night’s sleep to see my guests on their way to Asheville. I offered Great Harvest bread and oatmeal, but they settled on LaraBars instead. Once they’d left after 7, I went back to bed for a nap! 45 minutes later I got back up and was ready for a delicious breakfast.
And I was ecstatic to try this after seeing Heather use an almost-empty nut butter jar as an oatmeal receptacle – GENIOUS!
I waited until I had < 2 tbsp left and today was the day.
The oatmeal mix:
- 1/3 cup oats, 2/3 cup water, 1/3 cup soy milk, pinch salt, 1 small super-ripe banana
Stirred in at end:
- 2 tbsp wheatberries, cinnamon, vanilla, 1 tbsp flax, small handful blueberries
I took a scoop off the bottom to plunge into the top layer before adding the oats –
But the bottom was heavenly too!
Peppermint green tea
Can’t wait to do this again! I have 2 more jars that are a few servings away from being ready. Of course I could go ahead and eat them now, which would be amazing, but I don’t think 400-500 calories in nut butter plus oats is the most moderate way to start the day 😉
I think I’m headed out on a biking adventure to Great Harvest + Trader Joe’s (next door neighbors) to pick up a few more groceries to supplement the farmer’s market veggies. I’ll probably take some ice packs in a lunchbox in my backpack to bring home some chilled things.
Other than that, I’ve got some fun errands to run (Old Navy, Best Buy) and not much else on the agenda.
Happy Weekend 🙂
Kath, make sure you buy me something at Old Navy… thanks in advance 🙂
Oh my that looks heavenly! You can never get too much nut butter!
Meredith (Pursuing Balance) says
That’s a great idea! I’m almost done with a jar of nut butter so I’m going to try it soon 🙂
Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) says
I am DYING to do that!!!!! I’m getting close…
Have a great day!
Heather is a genius with that idea 😀 I can’t wait til I can do it!!
What a great idea!!!!! I’ve never been so excited to finish a jar of almond butter!! 🙂
Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats says
YES! What a fab idea! I have a jar of almost empty Barney Butter that I WILL be doing this with!! Have a great bike ride, I’m off to go on one myself 🙂
Jenn (www. j3nn.net ) says
Haha, that’s an awesome idea for oats or anything that goes with nut butters. I’ll have to try it!
I wish we lived in biking distance from Trader Joe’s 🙁 Our closest one is 70+ miles away. When we make the trip we bring coolers and ice packs. Totally worth it 🙂
The jar makes the oats look extra yummy!!
“I don’t think 400-500 calories in nut butter plus oats is the most moderate way to start the day.”
Who woulda thunk that?
Kristan @ The Stepford Wife says
What a good idea! If I ever get to the bottom of a jar, I’ll try this out.
Lauren A. says
OMG, thats genius! i always have a hard time letting that last little bit of peanut or almond butter left in the jar go. i’m totally going to try this one!
That might be the most brilliant thing I’ve ever seen!
Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) says
What a great idea! I love almond butter so much. Sometimes I do something similar with a jar of mustard. If I only have a bit of mustard at the bottom of a jar, I add vinegar and oil, shake and make salad dressing! Have fun on your errands today.
Coco Knudson says
That is a great way to make sure you use up all the leftover nut butter. I think the jars themselves after the butter is all gone could be used as a nice oatmeal jar to use as well!!!
PB jar bowl — what a good idea! We’re making our first batch of steel cut oats this morning for . . . brunch? LOL. We slept til 11. Thanks for all the oatmeal ideas!
YUMM!! Along the same lines, my new favorite summer snack is half of a canteloupe (seeds scooped out obviously) with some cottage cheese in the middle. I hold it like a bowl and eat the loupe/cc together. Soooo gooood 🙂 Enjoy the day!!
That is such a brilliant idea. I wish I had a collection of nearly empty jars around my house to use daily 😉
Emily (Healthy Fit Mama) says
I bet that oatmeal was amazing!!
Shannon, The Healthy Beach Bum says
Gosh that is heaven in a jar <3
have a wonderful day!
Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now says
What a fun idea!
That Heather is a genius!! Plus it’s one less dish to clean!
I’m jealous that your TJs and GH are next door to each other! Have fun 🙂
Anne K. says
Love the oats in the nut butter jar! Such a great idea. Have a fun Saturday! I love going to Trader Joe’s 😀
Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope says
OMG, that seriously looks like so much fun! Haha, only us food bloggers would think of something like that! 😉
Have a wonderful Saturday filled with shopping and exercise. Can’t wait to hear what you find!
Wow, you have a Trader Joes and Great Harvest by you? I do not have either.
You said it: nut butter jar as a bowl=genius!
Love your spoon too!
Amazing breakfast. On my list of things to try now!!!!!
Run Sarah says
My jar of maranatha is almost finished, can’t wait to try this!
Melissa @ For the Love of Health says
Love the oats in a jar!!
Have a great day!
Kailey (SnackFace) says
AHHH!!! That looks out of this world! I’ve seen Heather do it, and now I’m convinced we all must try this!
Danielle @ RD Daily Bites says
Awesome idea! Enjoy shopping today! 🙂
I had a similar idea with my jar of peanut butter. I filled it with the hot water I would use to cook the oatmeal, and used it instead of plain water =)
It had a delicious nutty taste!
Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) says
I think this might be your most “drool-worthy” post yet, Kath. haha…that looks absolutely amazing. Warm, gooey almond butter?
OMG – genius! I only wish I had know about this trick a couple days ago!!
I was totally channeling you on my run – I’m normally pretty stuffed up, but I had a super spidey sense of smell today. It was fun placing all the scents. 🙂
Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) says
So funny because I finished off the last of my pecan butter from the jar with some oats this morning. I swear, sometimes I just want to transfer all but a few spoonfuls of nut butter from a new jar and make it my bowl every morning. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed it!
Have fun at TJ’s and Old Navy…2 of my favorite places!
I’ve seen MaraNatha AB for like $19.99 before and am not sure why it’s so expensive because my Harris Teeter has it for $6-7!?
LOL – what did you smell!?
I’ve seen differenat Maranatha’s at our Kroger anywhere from 3-20. It’s crazy. I buy the $3 🙂 It’s not “raw” but I don’t care anyways.
I have a jar waiting for this reason too! I can’t wait to try it!
Amanda (My Summerizations) says
that. is. the. best. idea. ever.
why are all the good ideas the simple ones?
Great idea – thanks for sharing it!
Kath – I smelled lilac, sawdust, dirt, pine, honeysuckle, manure, charcoal…. lots of things! It really made running much more enjoyable.
I wonder if it was because I switched over to a new bottle of Nasonex this morning…
I love getting to finish up a jar of nut butter! mmmmmm!
What a FABULOUS idea for the end of a jar of nut butter!
Who thinks of that oatmeal idea!!??? AMAZING and can’t wait to try it ! 🙂
Oh She Glows says
Oh WOW that is such a fabulous idea!!!
I was stoked when I saw this post because, coincidentally, I had an almost-empty jar of jungle banana peanut butter hanging around! So I totally made it my “oatmeal receptacle” this morning. Thanks for sharing the idea.
I FINALLY tried this!! It was awesome 🙂
I’m trying this tomorrow! I’m so stoked! Although I also have marshmallows and graham crackers in my pantry…I can’t wait to get some chocolate and try the s’mores version! BTW I have a food blog, just started, check it out if you have a sec: femininedarcy.wordpress.com
do you cook the oats first?
Yes, cooked them in a pot then poured into the jar.
I am trying this tomorrow morning! Looking forward to it!
I saw this post a while ago and just HAD to try it… nut butters are my weakness! I finally got top the bottom of the jar today and it was AMAZINGLY yummy 🙂
Kris @ Attainable Sustainable says
A friend just pointed me to your Tribute to Oatmeal post and I made my way here. What a brilliant idea!