Overnight Granola Cups

Ann Fulton

By Ann Fulton

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Bob’s Red Mill has graciously offered to give eight pounds of granola to three lucky readers. (This will include four one-pound bags of both the gluten-free honey oat and apple blueberry varieties.)  To enter, simply leave a comment below by noon EDT, Saturday, July 12.  A second entry may also be made on LancasterOnline.  The winners will be randomly selected and notified via email by Sunday, July 13 and have 48 hours to reply with a complete mailing address so that they may receive their prize. Good luck!

UPDATE: The three winners are Traci, Lauren and Sarah. Please respond to my email within 48 hours with a complete mailing address so that you can receive the eight delicious pounds of granola.  Congratulations and enjoy!!

On more than one occasion, I have glanced at the label on a package of granola and noticed that one full serving amounts to a meager half a cup. Consequently, I try to think of granola as a crunchy topping or quick snack instead of the heaping bowl of cereal I’d like it to be!

The following recipe is one of several meal-in-a-jar combinations that I make often, and it allows the prescribed half cup of granola to actually satiate my appetite.  Though I typically enjoy granola for its hearty crunch, the slight chewiness that an overnight soak creates is satisfying in its own right. These cups are akin to cold, fruity oatmeal—which may sound strange—but they make an unexpectedly refreshing and filling breakfast option.

The current abundance of seasonal fruits provides natural sweetness and versatility in this portable meal. Out of season, however, frozen fruit works surprisingly well. Frozen blueberries are a favorite for their plump juiciness and may be added straight from the freezer. Additionally, the wide variety of milk options makes this recipe an ideal breakfast for those who are vegan or cannot tolerate dairy.

Overnight Granola Cups
These speedy cups will keep for several days in the refrigerator, although the dry ingredients may be assembled in multiple jars at once and then stored until needed. At night, simply add the milk and fresh fruit and refrigerate for a breakfast-at-the-ready. After making the first time, feel free to tweak as desired, adding more milk for a soupier mixture or choosing different fruits and add-ins based on personal preference.

Yields 1 serving.
  • 1/2 cup granola (see notes)
  • 1 rounded tablespoon diced dried fruit (apricots, cranberries, and golden raisins are especially good)
  • 1 tablespoon slivered almonds (omit if not a fan of nuts)
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds (see notes)
  • 2/3 cup almond milk (I use unsweetened; may use milk of choice)
  • 1/3 cup fresh blueberries, chopped strawberries, peaches or fruit of choice (more to taste; frozen blueberries are a good out-of-season option)
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup or sweetener of choice (optional; some milks offer more sweetness than others)
  • Optional: raw pumpkin or sunflower seeds, cinnamon, vanilla or almond extract, shredded coconut, additional granola for a crunchy garnish
  1. In a 12-ounce or larger glass or jar (you need a little room to stir), combine the granola, dried fruit, almonds, and chia seeds. Pour in the milk and the maple syrup, if using, and stir well.
  2. Gently fold in the blueberries or other fruit of choice.
  3. Cover and place in the refrigerator overnight. Gently stir from the bottom before eating to fully incorporate all the ingredients. The granola cups will keep in the refrigerator for approximately 3 days.
  • I find granolas with a primary ingredient of oats are perfect for this recipe, and then I add my favorite dried fruits. Feel free to experiment with your favorite store-bought or homemade variety. For delicious pre-made options that are not high in sugar, Bob’s Red Mill’s granolas are a great choice.
  • Chia seeds resemble poppy seeds and are available in the organic section of most large grocery stores. They are tasteless but a great source of heart healthy omega-3s as well as fiber and other minerals. Chia seeds are also extremely absorbent, thereby offering a thickening property when left to soften in liquid. For alternate uses, the seeds may be sprinkled over yogurt, oatmeal and salads or added to a smoothie.
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Added note: With summer fruit currently at its best, I find I have been exceeding the suggested 1/3 cup of fresh fruit by a lot!  My current favorite is a combination of chopped peaches, blueberries, and black raspberries.  (I usually stir in the peaches in the morning because I think they taste better at room temp.)  The sky is truly the limit with any of the add-ins and all can be modified according to season and taste.  I have also been mixing about 10 portions of the dry ingredients at a time in zipper-top bags.  Then I have them on hand for whoever may want them and they take moments to get ready at night.

Adding the dry ingredients to multiple jars at once and storing until needed makes these wholesome jars even speedier to prepare the night before. The jar provides a tight-fitting lid, is transportable, fun to eat out of, and goes right to the dishwasher.

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  1. AvatarDandi D

    I make overnight oatmeal for breakfast quite often, so I am excited to try this recipe (and maybe win some granola)!

  2. AvatarCindy

    Great recipe. You can also use the granola with fat free cottage cheese overnight. I add crushed peaches, or crushed pineapple, or sliced berries. Similar to the yogurt result but a nice change and even people who say they don’t like cottage cheese actually end up liking it! Would be happy to win a granola prize! Thanks!

  3. AvatarCindy Evanoff

    There was a time when Bob’s Red Mill products were always on my grocery list. I made so many delicious and filling meals that my family enjoyed! Since we are now on the low income side of life , it would be wonderful to be able to enjoy this quality product again.

  4. AvatarAmy

    One of my favorite (and healthy!) breakfasts to make is Greek yogurt mixed with granola and fresh berries. I do have a tough time finding good granola to use, though, and would LOVE to try Bob’s Red Mill granola, the different flavors sound delicious!

  5. AvatarAmanda N

    Would love to try this granola! I’ve definitely had some of the other products and loved them.

  6. AvatarFran .L

    This has a feel of European kashi with a punch of fresh seasonal fruit! Definitely for breakfast tomorrow.

  7. AvatarPatricia MacDowell

    LOVE the convenience of your regular overnight oats. Would be thrilled to win the granola giveaway 🙂

  8. AvatarTheresa

    I wouldn’t eat anything other than Bob’s Steel Cut oats. Fixed @ Night and fresh fruit added in the morning! Blueberries are esp. good right now! Thanks for the chance to win!!:)

  9. AvatarJulie Joy

    Love this idea and great way to tempt kids and get them to eat a healthy breakfast–already in a sweet little package!!

  10. AvatarGail

    I have never had granola, but after seeing this recent post I am anxious to try it and possibly win Bob’s Mill Granola

  11. AvatarSherry Siedlecki

    I would love to try some. I know it’s probably scrumptious and I’ll add it to my yogurt in the morning. Or enjoy it just plain too! 🙂 Thank You.

  12. AvatarRosie

    I love starting the day with something already prepared, and also very yummy and healthy! I love the way you can use different ingredients and get the right idea – it is super! I love the bars, too.

  13. Avatarmaria

    Thanks for the recipe♡ First time am going to make it, cause I always buy already make, but my granddaughter is allergic to so many things 🙁 .

  14. AvatarCyndi

    My father in law clipped the Food article for me because I am always looking for quick, easy, and healthful recipes for both my children as well as myself!! Thank you! We already enjoy almond milk and Bob’s Red Mill oatmeal. Can’t wait to try the granola. Is there a gluten free option???

  15. AvatarWendy

    thanks for this. I make something like this and can not wait to try to.
    We use Bob’s products for many things. great products.

  16. AvatarWendy Hershey

    Love the convenience of the recipe. For those of us on the run will be great. Can’t wait to try your granola suggestion Bob red mill.

  17. AvatarMindy

    Absolutely love your recipes! They are so simple, tasty and healthy. So excited each week for the Sunday paper to see if you have anything new for me. Thanks for all you do!

  18. AvatarElizabeth

    I first enjoyed ‘overnight granola’ in germany a few years back and lovingly translated and copied a recipe… That I’ve never tried! Thanks for this one… Will surely give it a go!

  19. AvatarBecca from It's Yummi!

    I’m not sure why I still haven’t tried overnight oats. I LOVE oatmeal, but something about them being overly soggy and cold keeps preventing me from making the overnight variety. Yours looks SO good, though, I might just go for it! 🙂

  20. AvatarAnn from Sumptuous Spoonfuls

    I love Bob’s Red Mills! And I totally love your overnight oatmeal too … you’re the best, my friend! And a note to Becca, you should try the overnight oatmeal. It’s not soggy, it’s creamy and wonderful and you can even warm it up if you don’t like the thought of cold oatmeal.

  21. AvatarKathi Graham

    My 12 year old daughter has just recently discovered granola and she’s trying to get the rest if our family excited about it. We don’t cook or even really prepare food that much – winning some granola may just jump start her initiative to convert the rest if us.

  22. Avatar--anu

    I never thought of trying overnight granola! How neat 🙂 I love overnight oats but will definitely try granola version. And I had no idea that Bob’s Red mill made granola 🙂

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  24. Avatarcatherine

    I look forward to your posts. I thought I’d take my chance with this contest. I like Bob’s Red Mill products for baking. I’d love to try the granola, and will look for it in the store. That’s if I don’t win the contest!

  25. AvatarDiane Alwine

    Great idea to prepare ahead of time! I’ve been eating granola with milk or yogurt for many years…way before it became mainstream!

  26. AvatarDiane Baker

    I love Bob’s Red Mill !!!!! I cook with it often and make a great loose pan of granola bars…The overnight granola cups are a brilliant idea! 🙂 Diane

  27. AvatarLyn

    Looking forward to trying this as soon as I get to Giant to buy Bob’s Red Mill granola. Always looking for make-ahead breakfasts.

  28. AvatarMrsMEK

    I have tried Bob’s Red Mill products before, but never the granola. These recipes sound delicious and easy… Love the mason jar idea. Makes it easy. Will definatly give it a try. And thanks for all of your recipes and great stories of growing up in Lancaster

  29. AvatarLisa Ross

    This recipe sounds delicious. I love Bob’s Red Mill but never tried the granola so I would like to win some.

  30. Avatarbryan

    The best part is you can modify it with so many options to mix in to suit your tastes. Keep sharing the great recipes and ideas.

  31. AvatarRebecca G

    What a wonderful idea for breakfast for my family! Our busy schedules don’t allow us to eat together every morning and this way I am guaranteed everyone has a healthy start to their day.

  32. AvatarMary

    This is a brilliant idea! I am rushed for time in the morning, so the make-ahead recipe is perfect. I will definitely be trying this. Thanks!

  33. AvatarMaryAnn Casey

    I just discovered chia seeds. I mix them with my yogurt and wait a few minutes and it helps me feel satisfied. I’m experimenting with them.

  34. AvatarJen W.

    I would love to win the Bob’s Mill giveaway! I enjoy experimenting with making my own granola bars/snacks!

  35. AvatarKim

    Sounds like a great way to have breakfast when I’m running late in the morning! Can’t wait to make some and try it.

  36. AvatarTracy Johnston

    Pinned this recipe on Pinterest! I absolutely love granola and can not wait to try this recipe! Bob’s Red Mill Products are amazing!

  37. AvatarKerry

    Love overnight oatmeal. Haven’t tried the granola version yet. Love Bob’s Red Mill products. I even feed the 5-grain to my chickens!

  38. AvatarKelsey

    I am a total oatmeal-aholic. I would put these to good use! And I love overnight oats. This looks delish!

  39. AvatarBobbie Wallace

    I would love to try your oatmeal! I am looking for new ideas and foods for my picky/texture sensitive child.

  40. AvatarMary Lou Keller

    Good morning Ann! I just ran across this and realized today is the last day for this contest. I love Bob’s Red Mill products and this recipe I will have to try. I tried the overnight oats and did not care for them, but this looks like it willbe right upmy alley. I have granola on hand so I am going to give it a try.

  41. AvatarSharon

    I am always looking for new recipes that are low in sugar content. I appreciate the additional preparation suggestions. Granola is healthy and satisfying.

  42. AvatarDawn Brown

    I am eating overnight oats right now!! Never thought of adding granola. For my overnight oats, I use milk and a pinch of salt, and a teaspoon of peanut butter. YUM

    1. AvatarAnn

      Love the addition of peanut butter, Dawn! I, too, have eaten overnight oats with regular oats for years. The granola is a fun twist: )

  43. AvatarKaren

    For those who haven’t tried, these are awesome. I love her original recipes for overnight oats with Greek yogurt, too. These are slightly different but equally satisfying. Currently loving them with fresh peaches and raspberries!

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  45. AvatarTrudy

    They are even better than I anticipated! I bought white chia seeds so they’d blend in visually and not look strange floating around in there. They will be even more delicious this summer with fresh fruit.