Wednesday, April 18, 2012

{refrigerator oatmeal}

My mom sent me this recipe for refrigerator oatmeal a while ago, though I have since seen it go viral on Pinterest, I'm a big fan of cold oatmeal (see my weird facts page) so I had to try this one immediately. It turned out pretty yummy, and the best part is, there are an infinite number of iterations you can create with it!

(P.S. - did you see my guest post at Julie Ann Art yesterday? If you want a delicious jam recipe just in time for strawberry picking season... click here!}

{refrigerator oatmeal}



Ingredients:
1/2 cup old fashioned oats (not quick or instant)
2/3 cup milk
1/2 cup Greek yogurt (flavored or plain)
3 tsp Chia seeds (optional)
Toppings/add-ins

Basically your generic recipe is to add the oats, milk and Greek yogurt to a 16 oz mason jar and let the oats and chia seeds soak up the liquid in the refrigerator overnight. I haven't found Chia seeds at the grocery store yet, but they're a healthy add if you can find them at your local Whole Foods! Then add in whatever other fruits and flavors you like. The original website, via {the yummy life} has a bunch of different recipes and recommends these varieties of oatmeal:
  • Mango almond
  • Blueberry maple
  • Apple cinnamon
  • Banana cocoa
  • Banana peanut butter
  • Raspberry vanilla


    I tried out the blueberry and the banana cocoa, with a few of my own "edits." Here's my recipe for the banana cocoa:

    1/2 cup old fashioned oats
    2/3 cup milk
    1/2 cup chocolate Greek yogurt
    1 whole banana, cut into slices

    Put everything into a jar, mix, and refrigerate overnight. I didn't have cocoa at my house, but I had a newly bought package of chocolate Greek yogurt that I figured would be perfect for the job. It was slightly blander than adding a sugary mix would have been, but still delicious!


    I also tried a strawberry banana mix, with vanilla milk to add sweetness:

    1/2 cup old fashioned oats
    2/3 cup vanilla almond milk (slightly less than 2/3 cup so it's less runny)
    1/2 cup chocolate Greek yogurt
    1-3 whole strawberries, cut up
    1/2 banana, cut up

    This was my favorite; the strawberries definitely brought a delicious sweetness to the oatmeal!

    And finally, here's my recipe for the blueberry maple:

    1/2 cup old fashioned oats
    2/3 cup milk
    1/2 cup blueberry Greek yogurt
    1/2 cup blueberries (or enough to fill jar)
    A dallop of maple syrup
    1 whole banana, cut into slices (just for kicks. And because I like bananas.)

    Verdict? The blueberry Greek yogurt + blueberries was intense. And I'm not so keen on the maple syrup, for some reason. Next time I may just make it with blueberries, banana, and vanilla Greek yogurt, instead.


    I also have a few containers of Pomegranate and Lemon Greek yogurt in my fridge... sounds like it's time to concoct a new recipe!

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