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Refrigerator Oatmeal

We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day ... but when it's time to run out of the door in the morning, it's sometimes all too tempting to just grab a quick cup of coffee and call it a meal.

I've always been a breakfast lover, but I am also a bit of a procrastinator.  In the morning, every minute counts when it comes to getting ready -- and I hate being late to work.  I want a breakfast that is simple, healthy, and quick to grab.

Refrigerator oatmeal is an easy concept that you prepare the night before, and the best part is, preparation only takes a minute or two.


While there are many variations out there, I choose a pretty simple mixture of 1/4 cup uncooked steel-cut oats and 1/2 cup vanilla-flavored almond milk.


I vary the add-ins based on what I have on hand.  Frozen banana slices are an easy add-in, and these diced apples were tasty.  Other favorites have been diced peaches and blueberries.  Tomorrow I'll try adding in strawberries that I picked up at the farmer's market on Saturday.

Cinnamon is always a good add-in for me, and sometimes I add in a half or full packet of a sweetener.  Honey would be a great substitute.


Top it with a lid and give it a good shake ... into the fridge it goes overnight!



The next morning, this can be enjoyed cold with a spoon right out of the jar.  It has a consistency like muesli -- very good for a warm summer morning.


Have you tried this recipe yet?  What quick weekday breakfast do you enjoy most?

24 comments:

  1. Ohh that looks good - I used to eat oatmeal all the time but haven't had it in a while!

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  2. Ooh, this looks like such a great way to actually get breakfast in the morning!

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  3. Looks yummy, fast, and easy! Will have to try! Erica

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  4. Ummm, I've been meaning for the weeks to do a post on this!! I bought some chia seeds on Friday to try out and put in oatmeal and yogurt. Have you used them at all?

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  5. If you google "overnight oats" there are a TON of good recipes out there!!

    I make mine with a combo of water and almond milk. I've used a mushed banana in it, vanilla extract... You really can't go wrong!

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  6. I am all about quick breakfast options. I have a toaster that cooks an egg simultaneously to toasting the bread. Saves me SO much time. I'll have to try this oatmeal recipe!

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  7. I need to get my husband to do this. he eats oatmeal every morning. Great idea!

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  8. I make this a couple times a week. I usually add some protein powder so it keeps me fuller longer, and sometimes some chia seeds.It's such an easy breakfast. The other days of the week are typically smoothie days!

    Krista @ Blonde Aesthetic
    www.blondeaesthetic.com

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  9. This actually sounds really good! I havent eaten oatmeal for a lyong time, but this past week Brian and I picked some up and I had it for breakfast this morning. I'd love to try your version cold though!

    Lauren
    http://laurensweetnothings.blogspot.com/

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  10. I'm Protein Queen in the morning... if I know that I'm going to have a busy week, I'll hardboil several eggs Sunday night. Portable, delicious, easy clean up, and protein keeps you full!

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  11. this would be such a nice change to my typical honey nut cherrios meal :)
    cant wait to try!

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  12. Ok, I agree with everything you are saying at the top of this post, but I hate oatmeal! Looks delicious if I actually liked it though!

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  13. Looks really good and I really, really wish I liked oatmeal but I just can't do it. Maybe I'll try this and hope for the best!

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  14. Aaanndd, I might be trying this sometime in the near future. Thanks for the post - I've seen refrigerator oatmeal before on Pinterest but was never interested enough to click until someone I "knew" tried it. I'm glad to hear it's actually tasty!!

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  15. What an awesome idea and a delicious recipe!! Thanks for sharing!

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  17. With the weather getting hotter I have been craving cold overnight oats!

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  18. Genius, I tell you! Fabulous idea. I love breakfast but go for something really quick in the morning like a Natures Valley Bar, Cup of Yogurt or Instant Oatmeal. Will be trying soon!

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  19. That looks so good! I have not gone to the grocery store in so long so I have been bringing plain oatmeal packets for lunch- boring! Now I am going to add a little fruit!!
    -Katie

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  20. This looks delicious! I might need to try this once I'm over my yogurt kick!

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  21. I have a LOT of vitamin deficiencies after an ER incident my senior year of high school, so I drink an entire blender full of fresh fruit smoothie every AM, plus a handful of spinach in there too!

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  22. Ok dumb question, where did you get those snazzy blue lids?

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