overnight refrigerator oatmeal.

I have been dying to post this baby! I was searching for a new breakfast, as eating KIND bars or a piece o fruit was getting boring, and I can’t have a lot of eggs. Everyone and their mother seem to be all over this, and though I rarely get on board with food trends, see: kale chips, maple/bacon anything…this one is so great I jumped right on. You know how much I love a great base recipe that can be altered over and over so I never get bored, and this one couples that with the beautiful fact that it is possibly the quickest, easiest, healthiest, most wonderful thing ever. Hot or cold, overnight refrigerator oatmeal is where its at. And its ugly as hell. Bonuses all ’round.

Oats, chia seeds, milk and yogurt are the base for a great breakfast! And I may or may not have had some for dinner the other night.

So my amazing coworker and friend Eliz brought me in the apple cinnamon version of this stuff for breakfast and totally got me hooked. I have been on a huge peanut butter kick, so I decided to try the Banana Peanut Butter version. I used The Yummy Life’s Refrigerator Oatmeal Recipe Base. This site is a great resource for a lot of delicious things. I also took their advice and bought some powdered peanut butter to avoid eating all the oil that is in regular peanut butter. Being that this is a healthy alternative to something, when I got the recipe cards that came with my set on Amazon, I expected them to be healthy as well…or at least appealing. Instead, you can expect mind-bogglingly bad recipes such as this gem…

WTF?? So gross. I had to share it.

Moving on….

Time to gather your ingredients!

1/4 cup uncooked old fashioned rolled oats
1/3 cup skim milk
1/4 cup low-fat Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon dried chia seeds
1 tablespoon peanut butter or PB2 powdered peanut butter. I used the cocoa kind
1 teaspoon honey
2 sprinkles of cinnamon
1/4 cup diced ripe banana, or enough to fill jar (approx. half of a small banana)

**You can substitute Almond or Coconut Milk for the milk/yogurt easily to make it dairy free if you like, just use 1/8 cup less.

So you’re going to put all the ingredients in order in to a jar except for the fruit.

When its all in, put the lid on the jar and shake!

Cut up your fruit and stir around…you will have a super liquidy mixture as above, and now all ya gotta do is pop it in the fridge and go to bed! When you wake up, the oats and chia seeds will have absorbed the liquid and left you with scrumptious oatmeal that you can eat hot or cold! I like to double the recipe so there are two breakfasts at the ready. The banana versions last in the fridge for 2-3 days, and the other versions are longer, but they vary, so theoretically, you can make yourself an entire week’s breakfasts, all with different flavors, in one night. Score. Score. Score.

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3 thoughts on “overnight refrigerator oatmeal.

  1. Hi I am Eliz! Yay!!

    So I do a hot version also! It is basically the same, except I leave out the yogurt because warming up yogurt is disgusting 🙂

    1/4 cup rolled oats
    1-2 tsp chia seeds
    1/2 tsp cinnamon(?) (to taste)
    2 tsp honey
    a pinch of salt (TRUST ME)
    1/4 cup fruit of choice (I am into bananas right now)
    enough milk to cover

    let sit overnight so the chia seeds soak up the liquid and do their thing. Then microwave in the morning on HIGH for 1:30-2min, watching to make sure it doesn’t boil over and become a mess. Then enjoy!

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