Healthy Cheap Grocery List When Money is Tight

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A cheap grocery list. I know we’ve talked lots about ways to save money on groceries! If you’ve been around before, you know my number one tip is to have a meal plan!!!

Today we are going to get a little more specific with this cheap grocery list.

Maybe it’s the end of the month, maybe money is especially tight right now.

Whatever it is, you are wondering what cheap food you can buy.

Not only what frugal/cheap foods to buy, but what are the healthiest  foods you can put on a cheap grocery list. What are your options.

First, I want to tell you don’t worry and stress. Just do the best you can. Hang in there. Being anxious, as easy as it is to do, (talking to myself here too) about what cheap food to feed your family does no good.

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Cheap Grocery List – aka Healthy Cheap Food

The first two that come to mind are the stereotypical budget foods – but don’t let them scare you off.

Beans. Specifically dry beans. They are super easy to cook and you can season them in a variety of ways and use them to stretch meat or replace it all together. Buying them dry will cost you at least a third of buying a can.

Rice. You can buy a pound of brown rice at Dollar Tree for $1. One of our local grocery stores sells a pound bag for $.50! If you don’t like brown rice, you can find white rice even cheaper.

Lentils. Another affordable legume for a cheap grocery list right here. People use these for all kinds of things. A lentil and rice casserole. Meat replacement in things like sloppy joes. Or one of our go tos is a quick lentil soup.

Rolled Oats. Buy the big container, none of the instant oatmeal packets. You can always make your own oatmeal packets. Breakfast really can’t get much cheaper than this. A jar of cinnamon is only $1 and will season a lot of bowls of oatmeal.

Bag of flour. Grab a bag of whole wheat (or unbleached white) flour. Use it to make a loaf of bread or a batch of pancakes (for dinner or breakfast).

Pasta. Cheap and easy. Make a batch of meatless spaghetti sauce (or replace the meat with some lentils) and supper will cost next to nothing. I always make a big batch so we can have leftovers another meal or two. (<– Another money saving tip right there!)

Peanut Butter. Takes you back to your childhood, I know, but it’s really hard to get cheaper than peanut butter sandwiches. My kids dislike jelly, but of course you can add some fruit to your peanut butter sandwich. Kroger brand peanut butter has the best price on peanut and salt peanut butter – especially if you get it on sale.

Bread. Make bread using flour for pennies a loaf. Also, watch for your local dollar store to get in a shipment of Nature’s Way bread. You can also find bread marked down at Aldi and other grocery stores. Here is an easy recipe for french bread and English muffin bread.

Popcorn kernels. Buy the kernels and pop it yourself for a healthy and frugal snack or even turn it into a snack supper.

Milk. Not to drink. I’m a huge proponent of water. Instead use it to make the pancakes, baked oatmeal etc. Dairy free, sub almond milk.

Eggs. This is really an inexpensive source of protein. Have them hard boiled for a snack, as part of a meal, or in a salad. Scrambled eggs make a great brinner. Can also use to make cheap things such as pancakes or french toast.

Chicken. If you are going to buy meat, chicken will likely be your cheapest bet. Use it as an ingredient – not the star of the meal. Be sure to ration it out and stretch it with beans, lentils, or veggies when you can. If you buy bone in chicken, use the bones to make stock and stretch your dollar even further.

Ground Turkey. As far as ground meat goes, turkey will give you the most bang for your buck! Use for spaghetti, tacos, meatballs, sloppy joes etc. Basically just as you would use hamburger only it is under $2 a pound!

Potatoes. Especially in the fall and winter months when they will often go on sale for $2-$3 for a 10 pound bag. I prefer sweet potatoes and you can also find them cheaper in the fall and winter months. There’s nothing wrong with a baked potato supper. Plan on leftovers and have fried potatoes with the eggs for supper the next night. Make a potato soup with some of the milk.

Sweet Potatoes. A great super food that’s also cheap when they are in season and frequently on sale. Use in soaps, roasted as a side dish, as a breakfast hash, in curry etc.

Summer Squash/Winter Squash. When squash is in season, you can find it for under $1 a pound. I great time to incorporate it into your diet. I love making zucchini corn skillets in the summer and spaghetti squash is a winter favorite.

Check out these spaghetti squash recipes: Spaghetti Squash Chow Mein, Spaghetti Squash Burrito Bowl, and Tex Mex Spaghetti Squash.

Onions and Garlic. Not only are these a great cheap food, but they also add tons of flavor to recipes. I use a lot of onions and garlic in my house and they are great for you!

Carrots. Not the baby ones when you are pinching pennies. Whole carrots are typically super inexpensive. I get them for $1 for a 2 pound bag. Serve them raw as a side for lunch or supper (or try roasting). Add them to soups or a stir fry.

Celery. In my part of the country a bunch of celery is $1. Use in the same way you would the carrots. Carrots and celery also make great snacks.

Frozen Veggies. Frozen green beans, peas and corn are both under $1 at Aldi. Use in soup, fried rice or as a side dish.

Apples. In the fall and winter months these are often times under $.70 a pound. Add to oatmeal or slice and serve with lunch or for a snack. Of course apple cake is a fun splurge too. 🙂

Cabbage. Right now a head of cabbage is just over a dollar and it will be cheaper in fall and winter months. Shave it for a salad or add to soups and stir fries. I also love sauteing it and having with eggs.

Bananas. Bananas are pretty much always under $.50 a pound and will frequently go on sale cheaper than that.

Canned Tomato Products. Canned tomatoes are cheap. Make your own pizza sauce, salsa, spaghetti sauce, and tomato soup for a fraction of what it would cost to buy them already made. I know canned tomatoes are controversial in the “healthy foods” world. But you do what you have to do. Another option would be to stock up on tomatoes when you can get them dirt cheap and can or freeze them to avoid the cans.

Lettuce. I can get a head of romaine or leaf lettuce for between $1 and $1.30 at my grocery stores. A bean based taco salad would make a great meal or simply have salad for your lunch or a side dish.

Other In Season Produce. This is key to getting fresh produce in on the cheap food to buy when you are broke cheap grocery list. Only buy what is on sale for a great price. Things like broccoli, corn, peaches, strawberries, grapes. It depends on what is in season and on sale.

Free Menu Plan Guide & Template

Here’s the bullet point list of all the healthy foods for a cheap grocery list, in case you are a skimmer like I am! 🙂

  • Beans
  • Rice
  • Lentils
  • Rolled Oats
  • Flour
  • Pasta
  • Peanut Butter
  • Bread
  • Popcorn Kernels
  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Chicken
  • Ground Turkey
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Summer Squash/Winter Squash
  • Onions and Garlic
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Frozen Vegetables
  • Apples
  • Cabbage
  • Bananas
  • Canned Tomato Products
  • Lettuce
  • Other in Season Produce

 

I hope this gives you a starting point next time you are trying to make a healthy, cheap grocery list.

What other healthy(ish) cheap foods am I missing from the list? What’s the cheapest, healthy meal that you make?

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picture of beans and a great cheap healthy grocery list that will help you feed your family on a budget. picture of bananas and a great cheap healthy grocery list that will help you feed your family on a budget.

Originally published October 30, 2018. Updated August 4, 2020.

Sweet Potato Chorizo Hash

Close up of sweet potato chorizo hash in a bowl

If you like spicy food with a lot of flavor that’s also healthy, you have to give this sweet potato chorizo hash recipe a try!

It is my latest breakfast obsession.

(If you’ve been around a while, you know that my other breakfast obsession is this Sweet Potato Breakfast Casserole I love just as much.)

This recipe came to be after I found some chorizo marked down at the grocery store. (Aren’t those shopping trips the best!) Surprisingly, it was the first time I had ever purchased chorizo. In fact, I don’t know if I had ever even tried it before.

Did you know you can even make your own chorizo? I have this recipe for chorizo saved on my Pinterest to try! Great way to enjoy it if you are on a Whole30 or eating Paleo and need to avoid some of the ingredients you normally find in it.

overhead shot of sweet potato chorizo hash in a white bowl

Back to breakfast. I know my love of sweet potatoes and we eat a lot of eggs for breakfast so I couldn’t go wrong if I put it all together with some bell peppers and onions. A perfect and flavorful dish!

I make this dish roasting cubed sweet potatoes in the oven. You could also dice the sweet potatoes and cook them in a skillet. Since I make the sweet potatoes in bulk (I fill up a jelly roll pan), the oven works best. (I’ve even done it on broil when I don’t want to heat up the house as much. I just have to watch them more closely so they don’t get scorched.)

Time Saving Tip: Roast a ton of sweet potatoes at the beginning of the week and then for the other breakfasts, just grab out and reheat in a skillet with the also already cooked bell peppers, onions, and chorizo while you are cooking the eggs and breakfast will be done in 5 minutes.

You could prep everything completely and divide into breakfast size portions and store in the fridge (I’ve done this many times) but let’s admit that freshly cooked eggs are better than reheated ones! 😉

sweet potato chorizo hash with okra

I added okra I roasted with the sweet potatoes to this breakfast bowl!

Sweet Potato Chorizo Hash Ingredients:

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Chorizo
  • Onion
  • Bell Peppers (Feel free to swap these for something else. I think broccoli, brussel sprouts or even cabbage would be yummy!)
  • Fresh garlic
  • Eggs

Some of my family are not fans of sweet potatoes. You can swap sweet potatoes for roasted white potatoes, hash browns, or even tater tots!

sweet potato chorizo hash in a white bowl

Sweet Potato Chorizo Hash Recipe

Sweet Potato Chorizo Hash
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Recipe type: Breakfast
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Serves: 4-6
 
This easy sweet potato chorizo hash is loaded with flavors and plenty of veggies. A tasty and healthy way to start the day.
Ingredients
  • 4 sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • ½-1 pound chorizo
  • ½ of a large onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 eggs
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Olive or Coconut Oil
Instructions
  1. Peel and chop/dice your sweet potatoes into whatever size pieces you like best. Place on a large rimmed baking sheet and drizzle with oil and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Place in an oven preheat to 450 degrees and bake for 20-45 minutes depending on the size of your pieces. Stir part way through. You want them to have golden brown parts and be tender but not mushy.
  3. Meanwhile, brown the chorizo in a skillet and remove to a bowl. Drain the grease/
  4. In the same skillet with a little of the chorizo grease, saute the onion, bell pepper, and garlic until tender and caramelized. Add to the chorizo.
  5. Whisk the eggs and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Scramble eggs in the skilled the chorizo was just in.
  7. When sweet potatoes have finished cooking, combine with the chorizo, onion mixture, and eggs in the skillet, warm, and enjoy!
Notes
IF MAKING AHEAD:
1. The fast method: Make completely and combine into serving size containers. Refrigerate and reheat in the mornings.
OR
2. Longer method: Combine the roasted sweet potatoes, cooked chorizo, and cooked onion mixture. Refrigerate. In the morning reheat the amount you want in a skillet, remove to a bowl or plate, and cook your eggs in the same skillet. Just add to your already heated sweet potato mixture and your breakfast is ready!

Additional Veggies: feel free to use additional veggies. Roasted okra or broccoli would be wonderful!

 

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Originally published June 3, 2015. Updated August 3, 2020.

Chorizo and Sweet Potato Hash! This easy breakfast in a skillet is super flavorful and with approved chorizo is even Whole30 and Paleo approved! Need to try this right away.Chorizo and Sweet Potato Hash! This easy breakfast in a skillet is super flavorful and with approved chorizo is even Whole30 and Paleo approved! Need to try this right away.

Be sure to check out these other posts for more breakfast ideas:

This sweet potato breakfast casserole is amazing and can even be made the night before! The leftovers taste amazing as well and it's #paleo and #whole30 approved. SO GOOD!

 

20 Whole30 breakfast ideas and recipes! Great resource for healthy breakfasts - the hardest for me to come up with recipes for. (My FAVORTIE breakfast casserole is on this list)

 

Chocolate Peppermint Crinkle Cookies

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This yummy chocolate peppermint crinkle cookies recipe has been in our family for a couple decades now.

Remember the days of pen-pals? That’s how this recipe was given to my sister.  I probably just dated myself. 😉 (Especially if I tell you we found these pen-pals in a magazine! But they were the best and we spent too many hours and pieces of paper to count writing letters.)

We’ve made these easy cookies many, many times over the years.

One thing that makes the chocolate mint crinkle cookies different than most recipes is that it uses so little butter. I suppose that also makes them super affordable! It only uses tablespoons!!!

Now, the original recipe didn’t involved any peppermint or mint extract. You can feel free to omit that ingredient if the chocolate mint combo isn’t your thing and they are still delicious.

I loved getting Andes mints from restaurants as a child and now the Ghirardelli dark chocolate mint squares are one of my favorite candies, so of course I think the mint is amazing.

Now, let’s get on to talking about the actual chocolate peppermint crinkle cookies recipe.

chocolate peppermint crinkle cookie dough in bowl and powdered sugar

INGREDIENTS:

  • Butter (just 2 tablespoons, crazy!)
  • Sugar, plain white granulated
  • Vanilla extract
  • Mint extract or peppermint oil (if you want it)
  • Egg whites
  • Chocolate chips
  • Baking powder
  • Flour
  • Water
  • Powdered sugar

All basic ingredients you probably already have in your house. Another reason this recipe is a great one.

Scooping chocolate peppermint crinkle cookie dough into bowl on powdered sugar

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INSTRUCTIONS:

  • In a glass bowl you will melt half of the chocolate chips.
  • In a (separate) mixing bowl, beat the softened butter and granulated sugar as well as you can.
  • Add in the vanilla, egg whites, mint extract/peppermint oil, and the melted chocolate chips. Stir well.
  • Add the flour, baking powder, and water. Mix well!
  • Fold in the other cup of chocolate chips.
  • Refrigerate batter for 15 minutes, if needed, stirring 3 or 4 times. Don’t want dough too firm, because the powdered sugar will have a harder time sticking.
  • Roll into balls and roll generously in the powdered sugar. (Be sure to see tips for the best way to do this!)
  • Put on baking sheet and bake.
  • After baking, let cool 2 minutes on the pan and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

chocolate peppermint crinkle cookies on pan ready to go in oven

TIPS:

  • To roll the dough into balls, I use my cookie scoop to drop rough dough balls into the the powdered sugar. The dough is quite soft, so this is less messy and after coated with powdered sugar the dough is easier to handle. Mine is the 2 tablespoon scoop from Pampered Chef. You can also find scoops on Amazon!
  • The cookies are quite soft and gooey after they come out of the oven. Let them cool completely before you move them to a platter.

chocolate peppermint crinkle cookies on pan after baking

One more thing. Let’s talk texture. These chocolate peppermint crinkle cookies are rich and fudge like! The insides are soft and chewy and the exterior has a tiny little crackle to it. I’d describe it as part cookie, part brownie, part fudge! If that doesn’t make a chocolate lover want to go make these, I don’t know what will!

For another cookie recipe, check out these thin and chewy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies from my grandma!

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Chocolate Peppermint Crinkle Cookies Recipe

Peppermint Double Chocolate Cookies
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Recipe type: Cookies
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Serves: 25
 
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoons vanilla
  • ½ - 1 teaspoon mint extract or ⅛ teaspoon peppermint oil
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 cups chocolate chips divided
  • 1½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1½ cups flour
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Melt 1 cup of the chocolate chips.
  2. Beat butter and sugar.
  3. Add in vanilla, egg whites, mint extract (start with lower amount) and melted chocolate chips.
  4. Add in baking powder, flour, and water. Mix will. Adjust mint in necessary.
  5. Fold in 1 cup of chocolate chips.
  6. If dough is extremely soft, refrigerate for 15 minutes stirring 3 or 4 times. You don't want the dough firm or the powdered sugar won't stick as well.
  7. Use a cookie scoop and fill level with dough. Drop into bowl with the powdered sugar and roll until generously coated.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Cool a minute or two on the pan and transfer to cooling rack. Cookies with be quite soft and gooey until cooled off.Melt 1 cup of the chocolate chips.
  9. Beat butter and sugar.
  10. Add in vanilla, egg whites, mint extract (start with less) and melted chocolate chips.
  11. Add in baking powder, flour, and water. Mix will. Adjust mint in necessary.
  12. Fold in 1 cup of chocolate chips.
  13. Roll into balls and roll in powdered sugar.
  14. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Cool a minute or two on the pan and transfer to cooling rack. Cookies with be quite soft and gooey until cooled off.

 

Have you made chocolate peppermint crinkle cookies before? What are you go to chocolate cookies?

Originally published March 24, 2014. Updated July 31, 2020.

Water Activities for Kids: surviving summer without a pool

Girl getting sprayed with water on a slip and slide with graphic water activities for kids

I live in the part of the country where summer is hot and humid. That means it’s miserable to be outside unless water is involved. So water activities for the kids are a must! If you are like us and don’t have the luxury of a nice pool, you need some ways to manage summer without a pool.

We know that kids need to be outside. Spending the summer in the house just isn’t a good option. Even as an adult, I’ve found that mentally I do so much better getting outside on a run in the morning. The same goes for our kids. Being outside does wonders for attitudes, creativity, adventure, and even wearing them out so they’ll go to be early. 😉

Many of these water games are ones that I used for our annual kids’ ministry water party at church! The activities with sponges and water balloons were always a hit.

Water Activities for Kids

At Home Water Activities for Kids:

DIY Sponge Bombs 

These are so easy! Older kids will enjoy making them and for younger kids it’s still a project you can finish for them in no time. Let the kids play with them or else you can use for a wet game of catch or use like a water balloon fight.

Slip and Slide

My kids love slip and slides (just be careful no one breaks an arm)! You can buy one  or make your own. A giant homemade one will be a huge hit with your entire neighborhood.

Mini Splash Pad

We got one of these to use in our yard last year. The kids have really enjoyed it. Don’t buy anything smaller than 68 inches. The bigger the better!

Water Balloon Fight

Isn’t this a classic? You have to decide between saving money and filling up one balloon at a time or splurging and buying the Bunch O Balloons that fills up multiples and self seals.

Water Balloon Spoon Race

This is the same as the spoon egg race, only you use balloons instead. Divide your kids up into 2 teams and see who can transfer their bucket of balloons to the bucket at the finish line the quickest.

Water Balloon Toss

Once again, this is like the traditional egg toss. Pair up and see who can go the longest without dropping and breaking theirs.

Sponge Toss

Have your kids get in pairs, one at the start and the other at the finish. Have a bucket filled with water at the start line and an empty bucket at the finish line for each pair. Set the time for 1 minute.  The child at the start will put the sponge into the water and toss it to their partner who will squeeze the water into the empty bucket and toss the sponge back. Keep going until the time is up and see which team has the most water in the bucket at the finish line.

For these two sponge games, I recommend large sponges similar to these car wash sponges!

Sponge on Head Race

Divide into two teams. Each team will need a bucket of water and one sponge at the start and another at the finish. Each team lines up behind their start bucket. Start the time and the first person in each line will place the sponge in the water and balance it on their head and go as fast as they can, without dropping the sponge, to the finish line bucket. After squeezing the water out, they will run the sponge back to the second person. Keep going until time is up. The bucket with the most water wins.

Match Box Car Water Gun Race

Each kid needs a matchbox car and a water gun. Draw a start and finish line on the sidewalk or driveway. The kids race their cars by propelling them forward with the water gun.

Rubber Duck or Plastic Boat Race

Decide where you will race depending on number of kids. Maybe a plastic tub, a kiddie pool, or even individual sections of gutter. The kids will propel their duck using a spray bottle or water gun.

Sponge Boat Race

Help your kids make their own sponge boat and decorate the flag. Have a race the same as above.

Water Shooters

We’ve had some form of these every summer and the kids always like them. Have buckets of water or a kiddie pool to use for filling them.

Jump Rope Holding a Cup of Water

This works exactly like it sounds. You have two people spinning the jump rope and the one in the middle is jumping with a Solo cup filled with water. Rotate through all of the kids. The cup with the most water left is the winner.

Duck Duck Splash

The same as Duck Duck Goose, only instead of saying “goose” the person will dump a cup of water on someone’s head (or you squeeze one of the big sponges out on their head).

Wash the Car

Your car gets washed and the kids get to be wet – a win win situation. 😉

Water Beads

Make water beads in a big plastic container (or even put them in the kiddie pool). Give the kids scoops, bowls, spoons etc and let them play.

Painting with Water

Great option if you have a fence. You could do this on the driveway or sidewalk as well. Have buckets of water and paintbrushes of various sizes and let the kids “paint” away.

Tub of Water

Sometimes the simplest things are the best. Even more so for young kids. A tub of water and some scoops, cups, and bowls from your kitchen might be all they need.

Sprinkler 

Sprinklers are another one that my kids love. I love how simple it is (and the yard gets watered at the same time). There are a lot of fun options, but most years we just use a standard lawn sprinkler.

DIY Sprinkler

Here are 10 fun ideas of sprinklers you can make for your kiddos.

Hose Over Swing Set

If you have a swingset or slide, my kids love draping the hose over the top and playing in the water.

Water Blob

SO MUCH FUN! This would be such a hit. Check out this tutorial.

Water Table

Another fun idea for littles. I’m all about buying used, so watch your Facebook groups and garage sales to buy one from a child that has outgrown theirs.

Water Freeze Tag

Traditional freeze tag except you have to spray someone with a water gun (or spray bottle – try both and see which you prefer) instead of touching them.

DIY Water Wall

This post has 10 great ideas to check out!

Water Activities for Kids Away From the House

Beach

Take a trip to the local beach and load up snacks and sand toys and enjoy the water.

River

Go exploring and splashing in a river or creek. See how many creatures you can find.

Splash Pad

This has been a favorite for years. My kids just discovered they love to bring balls of various sizes and toss them and try to float them on top of the spraying water.

Hopefully these ideas give you some fun inspiration for summer fun! They would also be fun things to add to your summer bucket list. What are you favorite water activities for kids that help you survive the summer without having a pool?

If you liked this post of water activities for kids, check out this list of outdoor activities, family night ideas, and more summer fun ideas for the kids!

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Easy & Healthy Strawberry Overnight Oats

Mason jars with strawberry overnight oats in them

Aren’t easy breakfasts the best? Especially ones you can make ahead. These easy strawberry overnight oats fit both of those criteria. Not only that, this recipe is healthy and easy to customize with what you have on hand.

If you have yet to jump on the overnight oats bandwagon, this is the one to try! Strawberry is one of my top two flavors. I’ll have to share the other recipe soon!

What are overnight oats? They are oats that are mixed with some combination of milk and yogurt with an assortment of add-ins. You store them in the refrigerator at least over night and up to 5 days.

I make and store my overnight oats in wide mouth 8 ounce mason jars.

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Strawberry Overnight Oats

The ingredients for strawberry overnight oats on a cutting board

INGREDIENTS:

  • Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • Milk, dairy or dairy free
  • Yogurt, dairy or dairy free
  • Sweetener of choice: maple syrup, honey, stevia
  • Salt, a pinch
  • Strawberries
  • Vanilla, a drop
  • Add ins: Chia seeds, ground flax seed, maca powder etc

oats in the bottom of mason jars

INSTRUCTIONS:

    1. Set out your mason jars. You can make enough for 5 days at a time.
    2. Put the rolled oats into each jar.
    3. Then add a pinch of salt and whatever add ins you are going to use. Remember that these add ins are all completely optional. Use what you have or like!
      Some ideas:
      Small amount of maca powder (1/4-1/2 teaspoon)
      Ground flax seed (1/2-1 teaspoon – you will definitely taste the flax so make sure you actually like the flavor. If you enjoy the nutty flavor, feel free to add extra.)
      Chia seeds. Between 1 and 3 teaspoons.
    4. Add the yogurt and milk. Stir. (This recipe will fill the jars, so you’ll want to be sure to stir at this point so that you can stir in the berries without making a mess.)
    5. Add the sweetener of choice, a drop of vanilla extract, and chopped strawberries. Stir.
    6. Put on the lids and store in the refrigerator.
    7. I always stir mine in the morning before eating.

mason jars with yogurt and rolled oats

TIPS:

Jars:
These are the jars that I use. (My favorites to use for many things!) If you decide to increase the amount of oats in a serving, you will need to use a larger mason jar.

Quantity of oats:
Most recipes for overnight oats call for 1/2 cup of oats per serving. With the yogurt and fruit added in, that is just way too big of a serving for me. I prefer having more liquid to oats – the texture is better for me and I don’t find is as heavy. I find the 1/4 cup of oats to be the perfect amount, but feel free to adjust to 1/3 if you want.

Yogurt:
I use my homemade yogurt recipe, not strained, and use 1/2 cup. If you use a Greek style yogurt, you will want to decrease the yogurt and increase the amount of milk.

Milk:
You can use dairy, almond, coconut etc! Whatever you have or like. When using plain regular yogurt, add 1-2 tablespoons of milk. If using Greek yogurt, be sure to use less yogurt and increase the milk. The oats will soak up some of the liquid as the jars sit in the fridge.

Sweetener:
I always use a small pinch of stevia. If using honey or maple syrup use 1/2-3 teaspoons. This depends on how sweet you like your breakfasts.

Add ins:
I love to use chia seeds, when I have them. I also add a little maca and ground flax. Both of those items have a strong flavor, so feel free to leave them out if you don’t enjoy or already have. I’m all about using what is already in your pantry instead of spending more money.

jars of strawberry overnight oats on cutting boardThis exact recipe is also great to use with blueberries or peaches! Those are always so flavorful the months they are in season. There are just so many ways you can tweak this recipe to make it right for your family!

What are your favorite healthy make ahead breakfasts? I love these strawberry overnight oats and also this gluten free and dairy free breakfast casserole!

Overhead picture of mason jars with strawberry overnight oats

Easy & Healthy Strawberry Overnight Oats
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 1
 
Strawberry overnight oats are a healthy and easy breakfast that you can prep ahead of time.
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup old fashioned oats
  • ½ cup plain, regular yogurt
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk
  • Salt, small pinch
  • Vanilla, a drop
  • Sweetener of choice: Stevia (small pinch) or honey/maple syrup ½-3 teaspoons
  • 2-4 strawberries
  • Add ins, optional: chia seeds, 1-2 teaspoons; maca Powder, ¼-1/2 teaspoons; ground flax, ½-1 teaspoons
  • Mason jars or other containers
Instructions
  1. Decide how many servings you want to make and set out that number of jars. Can keep for 5 days.
  2. Put oats in jar.
  3. Add the pinch of salt and any add ins you are using.
  4. Add yogurt, milk, drop of vanilla, and sweetener. Stir.
  5. Dice the strawberries and add to jar. Stir.
  6. Put the lids on the jars and store in the refrigerator.
Notes
See the post for extra details on oat quantities, yogurt, and more!