overnight refrigerator oatmeal

overnight refrigerator oatmeal

Ok, so this title doesn’t sound very appetizing!  But this is what it is and I couldn’t think of anything else to call it 🙂  I recently discovered this concept for breakfast and I love it.  It’s so easy, healthy and delicious.  I really love steel cut oats in the crock pot for breakfast, but in this heat, a warm porridge is really the last thing anyone wants.  This reminds me of muesli, kind of a European breakfast!  So now you can feel fancy and international in the morning…hee!  Add vanilla or almond extract, any type of fruit you can think of, applesauce and cinnamon, or different flavors of jam.  I even read that some people like bananas, chocolate and peanut butter.  Let your taste buds guide you!  2 of my 3 kids will eat this, the 3rd child is 6 and thinks he’s 15 and all the sudden has an attitude.  More for the rest of us! 😉

overnight refrigerator oatmeal

The other exciting development in my cooking world has been the discovery of chia seeds.  These little guys are a super food.  They are teeny, tiny, but pack a huge punch of calcium, protein, fiber and omega-3 and 6.  You can read more about the benefits here.  When they are added to a liquid and allowed to soak, they remind me of tapioca.  I’m excited to try them in a lot more ways and I hope to share those ways with you!  These seeds are a great addition to Refrigerator Oatmeal, they add a great texture along with nutrients.  You can find them in health food stores, through Vitacost.com or Amazon, or places like Whole Foods or bulk food stores.

Give this oatmeal a try this summer and let me know if you come up with any fun flavor ideas!

overnight refrigerator oatmeal

Overnight Refrigerator Oatmeal

1/4 cup uncooked old fashioned oats (not quick oats)

1/3 cup milk (I’d like to try coconut milk!)

1/4 cup yogurt, if you don’t want to use yogurt, just add more milk.  I use my yummy homemade yogurt

1 1/2 teaspoons chia seeds (optional)

1-2 tablespoons sweetener (brown sugar, honey etc)

fruit of your choice

You can also choose to add nuts in the morning

Add all ingredients and stir until well combined.  Cover and store in the refrigerator overnight and up to two days.

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3 thoughts on “overnight refrigerator oatmeal

  1. I love this! Thank you so much for sharing it. I made one batch with plain yogurt and brown sugar and then another with vanilla yogurt and no additional sweetener. Now to find chia seeds.

  2. I just bought chia seeds at the grocery store and wanted recipes using the seeds. So, I decided to try the overnight refrigerator oatmeal. I was a little hesitant to try it because I do not prefer the texture of oatmeal (unless it is in baked goods or smoothies). Well, I loved it and so did my one year old!! I loved that it was so simple to make and there was no preparation the next morning. I added fresh blueberries to the oatmeal. I had doubled the recipe and there was none left! This recipe will definitely be made on a regular basis in my household!

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