Happy New Year!
I hope you had a great time with all of your celebrations. We are fresh off the plane from one of our best trips yet! I spent a fair amount of time debating which recipe I should share first this year. This really is the easiest overnight oatmeal EVER. So easy, in fact, that I feel like I’m cheating by even calling it a recipe, but that just wasn’t enough to me stop sharing this one.
Are you one of the millions of people who make resolutions to be healthier every year? If so, you will love this recipe. If not, you will still LOVE this recipe.
Personally, this year I decided to set some intentions for 2017 instead of resolutions. I have been following this amazing yogi for a while now and she has some awesome info on it that you can find here if you’re interested.
It’s so easy to fall into the trap of making well intended resolutions only to eventually forget about them and then, when the next year comes around, you just feel guilty about not reaching them the last year. And around and around it goes.
This year, in large part to Allie (the awesome yogi I mentioned above), I changed my mindset from making a list of things I want to do beginning on January 1st to creating a road map to get to where I want to be. There’s a lot of criticism about whether or not people should make resolutions, but I do think using the New Year as a time of reflection and planning what you want your future to look like isn’t a bad thing. But, if you’re needing a fresh start in July, there’s no need to wait for New Years!
If you are one of those people who is wanting a healthier lifestyle this year, I suggest considering joining this Yoga Body Bootcamp with me! Totally free and online so you can do it in the privacy of your own home, and it starts January 8th. I have no affiliation with the program and have received absolutely nothing for promoting this, nor will receive anything if you sign up via that link. Just a friendly suggestion because I know it’s going to be awesome. : )
Ok, enough about New Year’s. This is a little hard to admit, but I have always turned my nose up at refrigerator oatmeal. To me, it always sounded like gross, cold mush. I mean, who wants to eat COLD oatmeal?? And most recipes tell you to put in a jar, and even though I’m originally from Arkansas, I definitely do not have a bunch of mason jars sitting around.
Then, I attended a vegan cooking class for work a few months ago. The chef made this 15 minute refrigerator oatmeal with old-fashioned oats and I was surprised by how much I like it.
So, I decided to try some. But, I had a brand new bag of steel-cut oats (and still no slow cooker), so I thought I’d try the refrigerator variety. The steel-cut oats need longer to soften up because they aren’t as processed as old-fashioned oats, so I made mine the night before.
You guys. I am addicted. I think I could seriously eat this oatmeal every. single. day. Even when I made these super delicious muffins, I couldn’t stop thinking about this oatmeal. So what else could I do but have the muffins for a snack and go back to this amazing stuff for breakfast?
So, here’s the “recipe”:
- 3 Tbsp Steel Cut Oats
- 2 Tbsp Chia Seeds
- 1/2 cup milk of choice (I use Oat milk)
- 1/4 cup berries (frozen is fine, just add in the night before!)
Optional Add Ins:
- Chopped nuts
- Cinnamon (one of my favs!)
- Maple Syrup or Honey
- Additional fruit
- Add Steel Cut Oats and Chia Seeds to a bowl of your choice.
- Cover with milk.
- Cover the bowl (I used Glad Press and Seal but anything will work).
- Put in the fridge overnight.
- Add fruit and any add in’s you want before enjoying.
This seriously takes less than 5 minutes altogether!
I’ve been using frozen cranberries in mine, so I add them in the night before and they’ve thawed by morning. Then I add in the cinnamon and a couple spoonfuls of pomegranate arils in the morning. I’m sure you could add everything in together the night before and it wouldn’t hurt a thing.
Most of the time I don’t measure the chia seeds, oatmeal, or milk out. I just pour them all into the bowl, which saves even more time. So if you want more than 3 Tbsp of oats, no problem! This is the most flexible recipe ever. Don’t have or like chia seeds? Also no problem. Although, the chia seeds do absorb some of the milk so if you aren’t using them you might want to reduce the milk amount per preference.
You can also use old fashioned oats but I recommend making that about 15 minutes before eating it. The old fashioned oats will get quite soggy if you leave them to soak all night. Get up, throw everything in the bowl, and by the time you’ve showered they’re ready to go.
No nutrition info for this recipe because the variations are so endless. You could use any type of milk, oats, fruit, etc so it will always be different. However, these ingredients are so healthy that you really can’t go wrong.
So, whether you made resolutions or not, don’t turn your nose up at cold oatmeal – it’s really delicious and so healthy!