I prefer to sleep longer in the mornings than eating breakfast, so I used to take a packet of quick oats to work for breakfast.
I thought it was pretty tasty until the day there was no milk and I had to eat them with water. If someone secretly soaked cardboard in my bowl, I would’ve noticed the difference.
I also knew that quick oats weren’t as healthy as regular oats, but I mean, if I’m sleeping in as late as I can, I’m certainly not going to be standing over the stove making real oats in the morning.
Cue the refrigerator oats! When I came across this idea, I was pretty excited. It combines two things I love: making stuff late at night instead of going to bed and sleeping in as much as I can because I went to bed too late.
This refrigerator oatmeal recipe is super easy. Just make the base in a mason jar and add whatever you like. I’ll provide a few combos for ideas, but really, you should think of some on your own. I can’t just be spoon feeding you all the ideas…get it?? Spoon feeding! LOL.
Ok, the recipe:
Refrigerator Oatmeal (base)
⅓ cup oats
1 Tbs chia seeds
¼ cup milk
2 heaping Tbs plain yogurt
Add the oats and mix in the chia seeds to the mason jar. This prevents the chia seeds from clumping all together in one gelatinous glob…unless you like that, then don’t mix them in. Add in the milk, yogurt and then the sweet, sweet toppings.
Some refrigerator oatmeal combos:
- 1 Tbs peanut butter, 1 Tbs chopped nuts, 1 tsp maple syrup & ⅓ chopped banana
- 1 Tbs good cocoa powder, ⅓ chopped banana, some shaved dark chocolate
- ½ tsp vanilla extract, mixture of berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, etc.)
Once you’ve assembled your refrigerator oatmeal mason jars, pop them in the fridge for overnight. The chia seeds will puff up and the oatmeal will soften. The next morning, you’ll be in for quite the treat. You can eat it straight cold, but I like heating it up for 20-30 seconds in the microwave.
Bon appetite or as they say in Poland, smacznego!