3.29.2012

Breakfast Find - Refrigerator Oatmeal

*Guest post by chicago foodie girl contributor, Diana 

 My boss recently shared a link to this website, which contains recipes for making "Refrigerator Oatmeal." I've never eaten my oatmeal cold, so I was intrigued. Additionally, I was getting bored with my regular oatmeal (which was currently on hiatus), so this had perfect timing.



My boss recently shared a link to this website, which contains recipes for making "Refrigerator Oatmeal." I've never eaten my oatmeal cold, so I was intrigued. Additionally, I was getting bored with my regular oatmeal (which was currently on hiatus), so this had perfect timing.

I'm posting the website's picture below, because it's way prettier than my end result (although it WAS delicious):



I had a majority of the ingredients at home, minus the chia seeds (I was too lazy to run to Whole Foods just for that, so figured I'd try with chia seeds next time), so I thought I'd give a couple of these a whirl, and I'm glad I did! Plus I love that each recipe is one serving, so I can make as many as I want!

I have the Ziploc screw top containers (2c size), so I used those rather than the Mason jars as noted in the recipes. It all worked out fine, plus the Ziploc containers are stackable, so they take up less room in the fridge and I don't have to worry about breaking a glass jar! :)

Blueberry Maple Oatmeal (click for the recipe)
I followed the recipe for the most part, but I don't really like milk, so I went with my go-to milk substitute, almond milk. I used an almond/coconut blend, which is the Blue Diamond brand and it's really great, low calories and calcium fortified. I also used non-fat Greek yogurt and bumped up the fresh fruit by a little bit.

Below is the calorie count based on my ingredients. Not bad, I say! Next time I will use agave or even a sugar free maple syrup to keep the carb count down.

Screen grab compliments of MyFoodDiary.com (click to enlarge):



Blackberry Vanilla Oatmeal: (click for the recipe)
The recipe calls for raspberries, but I prefer blackberries and I had some in the fridge, so I used them instead and it came out great. I used the almond/coconut milk blend and a sugar free blackberry preserve.

Instead of imitation vanilla or vanilla extract, I used vanilla bean paste, which has the same ratio to vanilla extract when you're using it. The paste is a little more expensive, but has the lovely flecks of vanilla bean in them, plus it smells amazing. (The list below shows imitation vanilla, it was just easier to use for the sake of putting the list together.)

Screen grab compliments of MyFoodDiary.com (click to enlarge):


The verdict? Both were equally delicious. My only issue was that I like my oatmeal a little on the looser side (that sounds dirty. lol), so I may bump the liquid up by a bit either during preparation, or when I'm ready to eat it. I think I may mess around with other flavors, especially with spring and summer on the way and so many wonderful fruits will be in season!

Enjoy!

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6 comments

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  2. This looks really easy to make. I need something new to do with my oatmeal because it's getting incredibly boring. My only concern is with the taste of cold oatmeal. Was it weird?

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  3. @Weary Prof: I felt the same way about cold oatmeal, and after trying it, I can say that it's actually not that bad, kind of like a rice pudding with oats. :) Since I used ziploc containers (versus mason jars), I thought about microwaving a serving when I'm ready to eat it, because I still kind of prefer my oatmeal to be hot.

    They are super fun recipes and you can change them up however you'd like. I bought the powered peanut butter, will be trying that next! :)

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  4. I was actually wondering the same thing! I like my oatmeal very packed & very hot - kind of like steaming wallpaper paste. :-) My only problem is that I really don't have enough time in the morning to make it & eat it - having the oatmeal already mixed & portable would make a huge difference.

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  5. These look fabulous. I just made the blueberry-maple syrup, the chocolate-banana, and the peanut-butter-banana. Looking forward to breakfast tomorrow!

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  6. We must always check for adequate tightness of the insulating seam around the fridge door by placing a lighted flashlight inside the refrigerator and closing the door to find any leaks of light.

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