I absolutely love refrigerator oats or “oats” as they are called in our house because we eat them every single morning! I was originally introduced to oats from Pinterest and formally through Fit Girls Guide (which is amazing and I will talk about more in another post). We make oats every Sunday for the week and change up the ingredients.
Fit Girls Guide Recipe looks like this:
- 1/3 cup of old fashioned rolled oats
- 1/3 cup of unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 cup of 2% plain greek yogurt
- 1t chia seeds (optional)
- 1/2 T almond butter (optional)
- 1t honey
- 1/2 cup of chopped frozen cherries
I have always subbed out the cherries since I don’t love frozen cherries. Over the summer, it was easy to get inexpensive fresh fruit to put in and I loved adding fresh blueberries or other Farmer’s Market fruit but now that summer is ending, fresh fun fruits are more expensive so I am using frozen blueberries. We also always always always put banana on top in the morning (except this week when we switched up our grocery shopping routine and forgot the bananas.. we are calling it a breakfast faux pas and it will never happen again).
This is our standard recipe with blueberries and bananas on top!
But like I said we mix it up and add new fresh fruits when we are able like peaches and figs.
That is one thing I love about Fit Girls Guide, it allows you to be flexible with what you like and don’t like.
I layer the ingredients really pretty and add the almond milk last… then my favorite thing in the entire meal prep process is stirring the ingredients together (FGG recommends using a butter knife but I use a spoon so I get a nice sticky spoonful to lick once they are all stirred up). This example below looks like one my husband made… he always adds more than the recommended amount of almond butter… which is one of the many reasons why I love him.
Another thing I love about FGG is that they give a lot of great tips for their recipes.
- If you don’t like this consistency, try to blend it all in to a shake.
- Get rid of the oats and use granola or cereal to make a parfait (make sure to add the granola in the AM so it doesn’t get soggy).
- If you buy a 16 oz container of yogurt, draw an “X” on top with a spoon… scoop out one section and it is the perfect 1/2 cup serving.
Lastly, my mind was completely blown when I heard a genius oat suggestion… double, quadruple, sixtuple… ? the recipe and mix it all together in one bowl then divide in to individual containers. Note: I use mason jars but you totally don’t have to…I think it is fun and fancy!
There are a ton of other things you can add to oats to make them more suited for you. I promise to experiment with more ingredients and post the results. Enjoy!