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 unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 1/2 tsps dried chia seeds IF you want a thicker oatmeal
- 1 cup 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 except 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 jar 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.