Refrigerator Oatmeal Makes Mornings More Fun

| September 28, 2016 | Comments (0)

oatmealWe’re not quite two months into the new school year and already our daughters are complaining about breakfast. They haven’t quite transitioned from the summer “eat whatever you want as long as you clean-up after yourself” routine to the “eat something quick so you don’t miss the bus” reality. Their lazy summer mornings are now rushed, just eat something and hurry up mornings.

Recently I’ve been reading about refrigerator oatmeal. Our daughters liked the idea as they can customize it with their favorite toppings. I like it because it’s an easy and a healthy way to start the morning. The recipe is simple. You mix an equal amount of oatmeal and milk into a bowl. You put it into the fridge and in the morning you have a breakfast treat.

The first time we tried it we used 2% milk and old-fashioned Quaker Oatmeal. We put it in the fridge about 9:00 p.m. When the girls grabbed the bowls at 6:45 a.m., the oatmeal had absorbed the milk. They added strawberries and chocolate chips to their bowls. We did it again with a slightly larger portion. They found that the 1/2 cup proportions didn’t keep them full until lunch. When we moved the recipe to 3/4 cups, they made it to lunch without their stomachs growling.

One of the things I like about the recipe is you can use any kind of milk. We tested the recipe with almond milk and coconut milk. Both dairy-free milks worked well. This is an important issue for our family. Our girls have friends who are lactose intolerant, so the ability to make the recipe with other milks means we can make this for them.

We also know several people who are gluten-free. We tested the recipe with Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Thick Rolled Oats using both dairy and almond milks. The first time we make the basic recipe, we thought it was a little dry. We added a splash more milk the next time. Our girls and their friends liked the second effort better.

Refrigerator oatmeal is a new after-school treat for the girls and their friends. We host a math homework club once a week. I was able to make refrigerator oatmeal for each girl and put different toppings on the table. Everyone was able to make something special while still avoiding their allergens. They girls had variations of the same snack, so no one felt like she was being singled out for her allergies. (And, we have quite the collection of allergies among their friends. When they are all together, we navigate dairy, gluten, egg, tree nuts, peanuts, soy, banana, mango, coconut allergies. Yes, it’s a food nightmare most of the time.)

There are so many ways to make refrigerator oatmeal a great breakfast or after-school snack that it has become our go-to dish. As you can imagine, Quaker Oats offers lots of suggestions for making refrigerator oatmeal. You can also search All Recipes for suggestions created by home chefs like you and me.


Shari writes about life with twins at Two Times the Fun. Image courtesy of Free Images.


Disclosure:  I did not receive free samples to create the recipes. I bought all the ingredients.


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About Shari: Shari is a mom, wife, marketing communications professional, gardener, Chicago Blackhawks fan, college sports fan, traveler, quilter, community volunteer, sister, daughter, aunt, friend, Siberian Husky owner, Girl Scout troop leader and book lover. You can find Shari blogging about life with twins at Two Times the Fun and tweeting @slcs48n1. View author profile.

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