A yummy and nutritious breakfast that requires ZERO cook time!
We love this oatmeal! Not only is our clean eating refrigerator oatmeal easy to make, it’s full of nutrition and tasty flavor! Instead of trying to get a hot oatmeal ready on a busy morning, this version has you put together all your ingredients in a half-pint canning jar, and pop it in the refrigerator. The next morning, take it out and enjoy! You can even screw on a lid, and take it to go! What could be easier?
As the name implies, the base of this breakfast is oats. But, we don’t stop there. Our version adds the superfood, chia seeds, to this healthful meal. Chia seeds, like quinoa, have complete amino acids and protein, and they have even more Omega-3s than flaxseed. The seeds expand in water or other liquids, as well as in your stomach, making you feel fuller for longer and helping you stay hydrated. Soaking the chia seeds overnight with the mix makes them expand even more. Once soaked chia seeds are gelatinous, and can be very soothing and cleansing in the digestive tract. Chia seeds really have to be tried to appreciate their benefits, and adding them to oatmeal is a great way to do so. Some people feel great right away after eating chia seeds! Personally, I find the slippery texture of the soaked chia seeds to be fun!
The oats in our blend helps keep your blood sugar stable, and provides lasting energy all morning long. Oats make for an ideal combination with chia seeds. The recipe makes enough for two jars, so you can share it with a family member, or keep the second jar on hand to eat a few days later.
Make it Your Own
Once you have made this basic recipe, you’ll see it lends itself to many variations and can be made to fit various dietary needs. Make it into a pumpkin oatmeal with pumpkin puree, or an apple oatmeal with applesauce (both options are listed out in the recipe ingredients and instructions).
Instead of using regular milk, feel free to substitute non-dairy versions like almond, soy, coconut, or oat milk. We already provide a honey or agave option. To make the recipe vegan, you can choose an alternative plant-based yogurt for the Greek we recommend here.
Do you like a little crunch in your oatmeal? Top it with toasted almonds or walnuts. Fresh berries are a great addition, too. For an on-the-go topper, grab a banana on your way out the door and slice it up later when you’re ready to eat.
You’ll see the options are endless and we’re sure you’ll never be bored once you’ve tried it! Let us know what mix-ins and toppings you added in the comment section! We LOVE hearing your ideas!
Clean Eating Refrigerator Oatmeal
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1/4 cup old fashioned oats
- 1/4 cup Greek yogurt 2% plain
- 1 1/2 teaspoons chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon honey or agave nectar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup applesauce unsweetened or pumpkin puree
- Equally, divide the first six ingredients in two half-pint jars. Tightly screw the lid onto jar, and shake to combine. Remove the top, add applesauce or pumpkin puree, and stir well. Refrigerate overnight, or up to 3 days.
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Want some other ways to include chia seeds and oats in your diet? Here are some more recipes and resources!
- Chocolate Oatmeal with Egg Whites and Chia (has both oats and chia!)
- Oatmeal Blueberry Protein Pancakes
- 10 Cool Ways to Use Chia Seeds