Remember those baked apples I shared in my last post? Well, they have been a repeat experience in my home over the past couple weeks. I have been baking 3-4 apples on Sunday morning and using them throughout the week. I got creative this week and added half of a leftover apple to refrigerator Oatmeal. No, this is not a joke! I have been getting my oatmeal ready in the evening and allowing it to sit in soy milk, in a jar, overnight in the fridge. This allows the dry oats to soften overnight but without becoming too mushy! I take the oatmeal to work, warm it in a small bowl and enjoy it with my morning coffee. Now this is the moment that I humble myself and extend gratitude to my friend E who introduced me to the concept of “overnight oats!” This breakfast gives me loads of energy to make the most of my mornings with 5 and 6 year old learners… and bonus, it keeps my stomach full until lunchtime! Try it!
Below are the ingredients I used- but this breakfast allows you flexibility and creative license for your own taste buds!
1. Find a clean, empty jar (or tupperware that doesn’t leak). I use an old jam jar…
2. Measure out 3/4 cup to 1 cup dry oatmeal flakes and put into the bottom of the jar…
3. Next your 1/2 cup mixed dried fruit and nuts (or seeds) go into the jar on top of the oatmeal! There are so many combinations you can create… I like this recipe with dried cranberries and pumpkin seeds or dried apricots and cashews or almonds!
4. The final layer is fresh, frozen, or even baked fruit. I LOVE fresh blueberries and the way they get hot and juicy when baked in the oatmeal! But this week, I used half of one of the baked apple I made over the weekend. And sometimes, I enjoy skipping the fruit layer overnight but adding half a banana after I heat the oatmeal in the morning… the possibilities feel endless!
5. Once your jar is brimming with goodness, you need to pour your milk into the mix. (Having a sensitivity to cow’s milk, I prefer to use soy milk). Depending on how many oats you measured, you will need more or less milk! After about 45 seconds, when the milk settles, I make sure the liquid is covering the oats… that is important for tender but non-mushy oats!
6. The final ingredients are a dash or two of cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon of maple syrup, and 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Then screw on the lid- tight!
7. After giving the jar a good shake (about 30 seconds) put in the fridge and let sit in fridge overnight!
When ready to eat, transfer to a microwaveable bowl and heat for 3-5 minutes. Enjoy!