Oatmeal….its just not glamorous.
But it is my new favorite “go to” since I am working on making my eating habits healthy ones.
Making food and prepping ahead of time is a big part of healthy eating; you know that healthy choices are quickly available and that you really do know what is in your meal. The “Refrigerator Oatmeal” is one of those things you can make ahead and just grab and go. I never in my wildest dreams would’ve considered eating cold oatmeal but…this isn’t normal oatmeal.
I found my original recipe at “The Yummy Life” but its been adjusted to fit my tastes just a bit. That is what I really like about this recipe–it is so adaptable and practically any combination of fruit or additive will work. You’ll need several jars, minimum one cup in size. Canning jars are great but you can use old jars as well (just run in dishwasher to make sure there is no lingering smell from the original use). The ones with screw on lids are much easier but not required.
Basic recipe for Refrigerator Oatmeal
1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats (not instant)
1/2 cup skim milk (or alternate like almond or soy)
1/4 cup low fat plain Greek yogurt
1 1/2 tsp dried Chia seeds
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp of dehydrated peanut butter (like PB2)
1 tsp honey, maple syrup or sweetener of choice
Suggested fruits: (one or combination)
1/2 banana, diced
3-4 strawberries, diced
1/4 cup blueberries
1/2 apple, diced
1/2 pear, diced
1- Add oats, chia seeds, (PB2), cinnamon to jar and shake–close lid tightly
2-Add Greek yogurt and milk–close lid and shake .
3-Add fruit of choice– I love the PB2 and banana, strawberry/blueberry, and strawberry/banana. The pear and apple are good too but try to use when fresh and in season. Shake container again making sure lid is tight.
4-Place in refrigerator overnight (or several hours minimum). At this point I add a splash more milk and a tsp or so of pure maple syrup and stir. This is delicious cold–very refreshing after exercise or working in the yard.
I usually make 3-4 at a time and they last 3-4 days in the refrigerator (mine are usually gone before then!)
Word of advice–the contents do expand as the liquid is absorbed–make sure you use a big enough container!