Well, I finally got around to trying out refrigerator oatmeal, nothing like a year late and a dollar short. Refrigerator oatmeal was all the rage the past year or two on Pinterest and I still didn’t give it a try. Nope, apparently the bandwagon and I never did get along very well.
However, we have been eating a lot of oatmeal lately – most likely having to do with our vacation detox from eating out for five whole weeks!- and I wanted to try something other than hot oatmeal, even if it is the in the middle of winter.
I read a few recipes online and while all of them seemed delicious, I really wanted it to be a all-in-one meal. None of the recipes I looked at had enough fruit, we try to have a cup or a cup and a half of fruit everyone morning with our oatmeal to make sure we have a perfectly balanced start to our days.
With that in mind, I used 500 ml mason jars so that I could fit a cup of fruit on top of the oatmeal mixture, making it one breakfast in a jar.
For children I would mix this up, then split it between two 250 ml jars, then top them with fruit. This is a larger recipe for adults sized portions.
I liked it. I like the tang that the Greek yogurt gives it and the extra protein it provides. I love that my usual morning oatmeal can be jazzed up a bit so it’s not as boring. I like that it’s all in one and ready to go, I loved all the fruit on the top that can be mixed in while you eat.
So I suspect there will be more refrigerator oatmeals in my future and that I will be playing around with different flavors to liven up my morning oatmeal. I still like my hot oatmeal in the winter, but this was a refreshing change!
Have you tried refrigerator oatmeal yet? What did you think?
- 1/3 cup uncooked large flake oats
- 1/3 cup coconut milk
- 1/3 cup drained canned pineapple reserve the juice
- 2 tbsp pineapple juice
- 1/4 cup low-fat vanilla flavored Greek yogurt
- 1 tbsp of unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1-1/2 teaspoons dried chia seeds IF you want a thick oatmeal
- 1 cup of washed and chopped strawberries
- If you want a thicker, more jelled oatmeal, add in the dried chia seeds, If you prefer a less thick oatmeal, leave them out of the recipe.
- Combine all ingredients excepting the chopped strawberries in a 2 cup (500 ml) mason jar. Place the lid on top and shake ingredients until combined.
- Remove lid and fill the top of the jaw with strawberries.
- Place lid back on and set inside refrigerator overnight.
- In the morning the oatmeal will be softened and the flavors blended. Enjoy cold!
- If you want, you can leave this for up to three days in the fridge, but it will get more liquid in it due to the fruit weeping.
- Serving Size: 1