Overnight Nutella Oatmeal

I first became familiar with the concept of overnight oatmeal when I started reading the blog Carrots n’ Cake. It’s a great way to make a healthy breakfast ahead, then the next morning, grab it on your way to work or school.

Here’s how it works, when you empty a jar of peanut butter or almond butter instead of throwing it away mix oats, milk, and assorted mixings in the jar. Close the lid and set it in the fridge overnight. The oats absorb the liquid and mix with the leftover peanut butter leaving you with a healthy delicious breakfast the next morning. After making Salted Nutella Fudge, I had a jar left over. Since I’m absolutely obsessed with Nutella and can’t stand to throw even the last remaining bits away, I decided to give my own version of overnight oats a try!

The jar was calling my name! Look at all that useable delicious Nutella! In the jar I mixed together oatmeal, milk, a pinch of cinnamon. Then set it in the fridge. The next morning, here’s what I found…

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yum! and so easy! It was quite delicious- oats with a touch of cinnamon and chocolate hazelnut spread. I actually heated mine up in the microwave for a couple seconds since I prefer my oatmeal hot, but this can be eaten cold too. So oats in a Nutella jar? Yes please! Now all you need is a recipe to use up all that Nutella. Might I suggest Nutella Chip Cookies or Salted Nutella Fudge. 😀

Overnight Nutella Oatmeal

1/3 cup old fashioned oatmeal

1/3 cup milk (almond, skim, 1%… you choose!0

pinch of cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon or so ground flax seed (optional)

a sprinkle of sliced almonds (optional)

Mix all ingredients together in an empty Nutella jar then set in the fridge overnight. Can be eaten cold or hot. Enjoy!


  • Anna January 3, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Yes! Me too! Pleeeese 🙂 Great idea! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  • Liz January 3, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Yum! This might convince me to eat oatmeal again!

  • Susie January 3, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    This is pure genius and I will totally be trying it after my nutella jar is empty. 🙂

  • Ridwan January 3, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Interesting,i love nutella,I should try this 🙂

  • Julie @ Sugarfoot Eats January 3, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Are overnight oats kind of soupy?? Or am I just adding too much milk?

    • Molly January 4, 2012 at 1:40 pm

      Hey Julie! They are as soupy as you want them to be. You just need enough liquid for the oats to absorb. I’d start with 1/2 liquid, 1/2 oats and then adjust until you’re happy with how it turns out! I personally don’t like soupy oatmeal either- there needs to be something in each spoonful for me!

  • Sarah January 3, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    I just love your recipes. This is so me. I can’t wait for my peanut butter jar to run out and now I have to buy some Nutella!

    • Molly January 4, 2012 at 1:27 pm

      Thanks so much Sarah! It definitely is something to look forward to when you run out of PB- instead of rushing to the store, make oatmeal! haha

  • Vicki @ WITK January 3, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    This is such a cool recipe! I had no idea that I could use the last of the pb, so thrifty 🙂

  • Clarion January 3, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    I love hints for using up odd bits of stuff. Fun idea, looking forward to trying this!

  • Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen January 3, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    This oatmeal looks incredible! I am crazy for anything with nutella so I know this will be great!! Can’t wait to give it a try! 🙂

  • Amalia January 3, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    This is the best idea ever! I love oatmeal, I eat it for dinner sometimes 🙂 I’m definitely going to give this a try when our peanut butter jar is empty, which is very soon, yay! Thanks for the great idea 🙂 Happy New Year!

  • Beth Michelle January 4, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    I have never made overnight oatmeal. What a perfect idea! I always have empty bottles of peanut butter however I think Ill have to buy a jar of nutella for this. I think I can find some things to make with it so I have the empty jar!

  • Tina@flourtrader January 4, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    How creatively cool is this! Now I am ready to empty the peanut butter jar just to try it. Great way to get more grains in my diet and not be bored with plain oatmeal-yum!

  • Sandra January 5, 2012 at 8:23 am

    I just might eat oatmeal this way. Sounds more like dessert!

  • Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons January 7, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    haha you had me at nutella!!! =) i’m your newest follower! xoxo

  • Kim - Liv Life January 19, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Oh my goodness! Nutella Oatmeal!!! Brilliant!!!!!

  • Amy at Gastronome Tart January 25, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    This sounds amazing! Overnight oatmeal is new to me and I do love Nutella, so I will be trying this and sometime soon (okay, whenever my Nutella jar empties)


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