A few weeks ago, I tried out a new idea (new to us, not really a new idea at all) for breakfast, called Refrigerator Oatmeal (or Overnight Oats). When the girls were still in school, our mornings were so rushed, and trying to get a healthy breakfast ready for them before we had to head out the door was a challenge. The kids love oatmeal, and though it's easy to make in the mornings, preparing it, waiting for it to cool, and finally eating it, was just taking too much time. So when I saw the recipes for Refrigerator Oatmeal on Pinterest, I thought it was worth a try. And after our first attempt, I wished I had tried it so much earlier! The kids loved it, and even I liked it, though I am only lukewarm about traditional oatmeal. I thought I would share the recipe I used with y'all, so even though it's summer, you can feed your kids a filling and very nutritious breakfast all summer long, and be ready for easy mornings come fall!
I used this as a general guideline for the basic recipe.
1 cup old fashioned oats (you can also do 3/4 cup old fashioned oats and 1/4 cup steel cut oats, or one full cup of steel cut oats)
2 tablespoons milled flax seed
1 cup Greek yogurt (I used vanilla flavored, but you can use plain or really any other flavor)
You start with the oats, and scoop them into a large mason jar, then the flax, then the yogurt. Then, the fun begins! The flavor combinations are pretty much endless, and you can find lots of options on Pinterest. I kept our first round pretty simple. To the first jar, I added a cup of diced peaches and a teaspoon of vanilla. To the second jar, I added a cup of blackberries, and to the third, I added a cup of applesauce and a teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice.
Then, once you have added the good stuff to each jar, fill the jar to the lip with milk. Put the lid on the jar, make sure it's closed tightly, and SHAKE! Shake to combine all the ingredients, and make sure everything is well combined, and certainly that the milk is getting to the oats beginning to absorb. Place in the fridge overnight, and you are good until morning! It's that easy!