I found this recipe from The Yummy Life the other day and knew instantly I had to make it. I eat greek yoghurt and fruit from breakfast 5 days a week (monday – friday), but I often get hungry again before lunch. The addition of no-cook oatmeal was very appealing to me, as I love oatmeal, but don’t want to cook it or clean up after cooking it on a workday morning.
I immediately ran out and bought some jars and the ingredients to make this. My local health food store had unfortunately run out of chia seeds, so I used flax instead. I look forward to making this again with the chia seeds to compare the taste and texture.
I decided to make four flavours: apple and cinnamon, blueberry maple, mango and honey (I used agave), and banana cocoa. I used fat free Greek Yoghurt and semi skimmed milk.
The first thing I noticed was that either my jars were too big, the recipe too small, or I’m too greedy because when I followed the instructions, the jar was only half full, and didn’t seem like a very large breakfast to me. I doubled the recipe. Next time i’ll make 1.5 times the amount instead of doubling so that I can use more fresh fruit. I didn’t have as much room as I would have liked for the fresh fruit. I also don’t like things too sweet as it messes with my blood sugar levels, so I used very little added sweetener (agave, honey, maple syrup…). You can easily adjust this by tasting the next morning and stirring in extra if needed.
Here’s what they looked like immediately after preparing:
The next morning, hubs and I chose two flavours to share – blueberry maple and apple cinnamon. Since I couldn’t find unsweetened applesauce, the apple cinnamon jar was very sweet (in a good way!). It was absolutely delicious. The blueberry maple was bland in comparison because I used very little maple syrup, so it had only the tiniest hint of maple. That was entirely my doing though – I didn’t follow the recipe exactly. I could have added more, but I didn’t think it needed it.
This morning I had the mango-agave version and it was amazing! It was the perfect size for me, and was absolutely delicious. And I loved that I could just open the fridge and grab the jar rather than spend 20 minutes cutting fruit and cleaning up. I’m rather full (starting to wonder if maybe doubling the recipe was a mistake!) and it will be interesting to see if I need a snack before lunch or not.
I highly recommend this breakfast. It’s easy, delicious, and kind of fun to decide what flavour i’m in the mood for! I will definitely try this again, and maybe experiment with some more flavours.
How to make 6 flavor varieties of Refrigerator Oatmeal
They all start with the same basic ingredients and procedure.
Step 1. Assemble these ingredients & supplies:
- 1/4 cup uncooked old fashioned rolled oats (not instant, quick, or steel-cut)
- 1/4 cup low-fat Greek yogurt
- 1/3 cup skim milk
- 1-1/2 teaspoons dried chia seeds
- half pint (1 cup) mason jars
Step 2. Add oats, milk, yoghurt, and chia seeds to jar, along with desired sweeteners or flavours
Step 3. Put a lid on the jar and shake to combine.
Step 4. Add fruit and stir gently until combined.
Step 5. Place in fridge overnight and up to 2 days; maybe longer depending on the type and ripeness of the fruit. The non-banana varieties can stay good for 4 days or so.
Here are the six flavours from the original recipe:
Mango Almond Refrigerator Oatmeal
Add 1/4 teaspoon almond extract, 1 teaspoon honey, optional (or substitute any preferred sweetener), 1/4 cup diced mango (approx. half of a small mango)
Blueberry Maple Refrigerator Oatmeal
Add 2 teaspoons maple syrup (more or less to taste), 1/4 cup blueberries (or enough to fill jar)
Apple Cinnamon Refrigerator Oatmeal
Add 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon honey, optional (or substitute any preferred sweetener), 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce, or enough to fill jar.
Banana Cocoa Refrigerator Oatmeal
Add 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon honey, optional (or substitute any preferred sweetener), 1/4 cup diced ripe banana, or enough to fill jar (approx. half of a small banana)
Banana Peanut Butter Refrigerator Oatmeal
Add 1 tablespoon peanut butter, 1 teaspoon honey, optional (or substitute any preferred sweetener), 1/4 cup diced ripe banana, or enough to fill jar (approx. half of a small banana)
Raspberry Vanilla Refrigerator Oatmeal
Add 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 tablespoon raspberry jam, preserves, or spread, 1/4 to 1/3 cup raspberries (cut each berry in half), or enough to fill jar