Our family goes through a lot of oatmeal. It makes an appearance at breakfast at least once or twice a week. More so in the winter when it's cold and Oatmeal in the Crockpot is my weeknight recipe savior. It requires I do nothing but dump all the ingredients into a pot the night before and I can rest assured the kids will get a nutritious hot breakfast the next morning.
But even in the summertime my kids often ask for oatmeal, a request which boggles my mind, especially when we wake up and it's already 85 degrees outside.
For a cool, fun spin on oatmeal during the hotter months, I pre-make these mason jars of oatmeal on Sundays for us to eat for breakfast over the next few days, and I must say they're pretty darn addictive. I let each family member personalize their own jar -- using nuts, berries, seeds, and more to make their own edible work of art -- and then put them right in the fridge. No cooking necessary. Overnight the cool milk and tangy yogurt soften the oats and meld together into this scrumptious creamy breakfast. The best part is that you don't have to do a thing in the morning except pull the jars out of the fridge and enjoy. And trust me, you will!
Accompaniments: 1/2 a banana, mashed or sliced, mashed or chopped berries (this works great with frozen berries too) ,flax seeds, chia seeds, a teaspoon of peanut or almond butter, dried fruits, chopped, almonds, walnut, cashew or pumpkin or sunflower seeds