Today I've got a great one. It's overnight oatmeal. Otherwise known as summer porridge, cold oatmeal, fridge oatmeal... who knows what else. Yum is what I call it. Also secretly (or not so) it's healthy, and in our case often semi organic.
I must state that I did not make up this idea. Originally I got it from this blog (as did probably every other Pinterest user out there who's heard of this) but sorta changed it to my own. I enjoy making up my own flavors and mixing and matching ingredients. There are no wrong combinations.
The basic four ingredients:
- Old Fashion oats
- Milk - we use vanilla almond since that's what we drink in our house.
- Greek yogurt - I like vanilla flavored
- Chia seeds
One key tool
- 1/3 cup scoop
Other items needed:
- small Tupperware or containers
- flavor mix ins
My recipe for overnight oatmeal
- 1/3 cup oats
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1/3 cup greek yogurt
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- lots or little mix ins (it's up to you!)
As you can see it's pretty simple. You just take a 1/3 cup and portion out everything, then mix it up. We use simple small Tupperware with lids that I like best rather than using mugs, cups or jars. I have been making 2 days worth at a time so Tony and I each get a couple days of oatmeal for breakfast. I'll even tell you that sometimes I cheat and don't use the measuring cup for the yogurt. How much of a pain is scooping, then un-scooping yogurt in a small cup? Not worth it! I eyeball it now that I've been doing it a lot.
Now on to the flavors.
There are endless combinations I think you could make successfully for overnight oatmeal. Our favorites so far has been berry/lemon. You get lemon curd (ours is from Trader Joes) and raspberry enlightenment (from Penzeyes Spices) and some blueberries. Here are some other options.
Fresh apples and applesauce are good. Brown sugar is great, I love raisins, bananas aren't bad if you eat them the first day. Fresh strawberries are amazing. Also I lied above when I said there are no wrong choices. At the time of this photo I hadn't tasted chocolate but was testing that since I found it on the original post. Never again. That's all I'll say.
I like mine heated up in the morning. I'll just zap it in the microwave for 30 seconds. It's a great start to your day! There you have it! Mix up your favorite flavors and have quick and easy overnight oatmeal.