Saturday, April 9, 2011


An empty peanut butter jar can only mean one thing--OIAJ! (Oats in a Jar) If you haven't tried this before, it'a absolutely amazing. You can read more about it here in a tutorial from Carrots n' Cake. It's basically a way to a) use up that PB you can't scrape out of the jar, and b) make a normal oatmeal breakfast exciting and extra-tasty. Something about eating out of a jar is so fun.
Anyway, now that I've got you all excited, this post isn't about oatmeal in a PB jar. Nope, sorry.

Sorry about the cat in the window!
Instead of PB, I decided to put my oatmeal in a nutella jar. (OIANJ?) Holy awesomeness. This stuff is amazing. I cooked my oats separately since that plastic jar didn't look like it could handle the microwave. I just added my normal oats to the jar, and then tossed in some almonds, flax, and sliced strawberries. It tasted a little like chocolate covered strawberries, which is not a bad way to start off a saturday morning. The jar was a little too small for my liking, but it was nice to see the strawberries overflowing:

So basically now every other breakfast I have is going to be really boring. I need some new ideas to amp up oatmeal! I can't be going through nutella jars every day (or can I?). 
Random side note: in a lot of places I have lived, nutella comes in a glass jar (which becomes a drinking glass after you finish the nutella and wash it out). I have only seen it in plastic jars here--what's up? Have you seen the glass jars and where can I get them!?!

Have you ever made oats in a jar (PB, nutella, jam, anything)?
Nutella, obviously, and PB. Never jam but once I finish my jar now I totally will!

What is a special breakfast for you? Something different from your everyday morning eats.
I'm a creature of habit so it's oatmeal every day in different variations. I used to eat Special K and yogurt every single morning for a long time. Before that it was oatmeal with a sliced apple and brown sugar--also for months at a time. I'm so boring!


  1. I'm the same way! I'd eat yoghurt every single morning, or toast. I love, love, love nutella! It comes in the glass jars where we are - they're the best!

    I need to try oats in a jar!

  2. I've never made anything in a jar, but I'm tempted. I love the idea of doing it in a jam jar!! A special breakfast for me is pancakes or crepes drizzled in maple syrup... it only happens once ever year or so when I go out!

    I've bought nutella in glass jars before, but they've been tiny (think 2 or 3 ounces).

  3. oh thats even better! i love it! We go through nutella fast. The hubs loves it. I like make grilled nutella/cheese sandwiches. Sounds weird, but so good!

  4. I've never had oats in a jar, I need to try it. I go through pb like crazy. I've never seen nutella in a glass jar here, but they do have 2 sizes here!

  5. i have never heard of oats in a jar but it sounds so genius!!! I always throw the PB jar on the ground for my dog to keep her busy trying to get the last PB out...haha! But not anymore...I am totally trying this next time.

    Off of Munch and Crunch's (Megan) blog I read how she puts a little bit of pudding powder in her oatmeal...I tried it and it is DELICIOUS! you should try it if you haven't!

    I also eat the same thing practically every day for breakfast...cereal with a banana. Every once in a while I switch it up with oatmeal or if I am feeling real adventurous...muffins out of a box. ha!

  6. That is an unbelievably good idea. I've been trying to switch up breakfast lately. I went through a cereal and hard boiled egg phase that lasted WAY too long. I'm onto various creations involving english muffins now :)

  7. oats in a nutella jar! reason enough to buy some nutella now...

  8. OMG, that nutella picture is awesome! haha! don't mess around! you are so cute and teensy weesny! I am glad we are blogging friends!

  9. OMG this sounds AH-MAZING!!!

    I love love love Nutella... and I needed a better reason to scrape up the rest in the jar!