No-Cook Overnight Refrigerator Oatmeal

There are some truly brilliant ideas out there in the world, and I am so glad I stumbled onto this one. It was posted to Facebook by a friend, and when I read the recipe I was skeptical, since I prefer my oatmeal piping hot and will stop eating it once it reaches room temp. But I have to say – I was intrigued enough to get the necessary ingredients at the grocery store last night, and I was pleasantly surprised this morning with my delicious breakfast. This is going to be a new staple in my house for weekday mornings! Enjoy!

No-Cook Overnight Refrigerator Oatmeal
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: overnight
Can last in fridge for up to 4 days
Single servings

1/4 cup old fashioned rolled oats (NOT QUICK COOK/INSTANT OR STEEL CUT!)
1/3 cup skim milk
1/4 cup Greek yoghurt (I used Liberte Greek Honey flavour)
1 1/2 tsp chia seeds*
1 tsp honey if sweetener is needed (not all flavours will need this, for ex: maple-blueberry is sweet enough with the maple syrup)
See below for flavours

Combine ingredients above in a 1-cup container – the original recipe uses mason jars with plastic lids, but I found plastic “freezer canning” containers by the same brand Bernardin with twist lids that are leak proof, cheaper, and not as breakable. Add in the flavour ingredients (below). Shake container to combine. Refrigerate overnight, and store in fridge for up to 4 days (depending on what fruit you put in; bananas are rumoured to not last that long)

Flavours

Maple-Blueberry
2 tsp maple syrup (omit other sweeteners)
1/4 cup fresh blueberries

Raspberry-Vanilla
1/4 tsp vanilla extract (omit other sweeteners)
1/4 cup fresh raspberries
1 tsp raspberry jam or preserves if desired

Apple-Cinnamon
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
fresh apple pieces to top if desired

Mango-Almond
1/8 tsp almond extract
1/4 cup fresh mango, diced

Banana-Cocoa
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1/4 cup ripe banana, diced

Banana-Peanut Butter
1 tbsp smooth peanut butter
1/4 ripe banana, diced

Orange-Mandarin
1 tbsp orange marmalade
1/4 cup mandarin oranges, drained and diced

Cherry-Chocolate Chunk
1 tbsp dark chocolate, finely chopped
1/4 cherries, chopped (fresh or frozen, pitted)

Mocha
1 tsp cocoa
1/2 tsp instant espresso powdere disolved in 1 tbsp hot water
2 tsp honey (or other sweetener, unless you like bitter coffee)

Pineapple-Coconut
Substitute milk with coconut milk
1/4 cup pineapple, chopped (fresh or frozen)

Pumpkin Pie
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
2 tsp maple syrup (omit any other sweetener)
1/4 cup pumpkin puree

Peach-Raspberry
1/4 tsp vanilla extra (omit other sweeteners)
1/4 cup fresh peaches, diced
1-2 tsp raspberry jam

Cranberry-Pecan
2 tbsp cranberry sauce
pinch ground cloves
1 tbsp chopped pecans

Apricot-Ginger
1/8 tsp almond extract
3 dried apricots diced (or 1/4 cup fresh)
1 tsp crystallized ginger, minced

*I could not find Chia seeds, but instead I found a mixture called Qi’a in the same aisle as the granola, and it contains chia seeds, buckwheat, and hemp cereal and is really tasty.

Original recipe found here: http://www.theyummylife.com/Refrigerator_Oatmeal

If you have other flavour suggestions please comment below!

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