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I love refrigerator oatmeal. It is truly something that I can eat everyday without fail. I love that I can have a different flavor for each day of the week and have it still feel fresh and new. This makes it ideal to make in bulk with just the flavoring portion different.
BUT- the quantity that I make for myself does not work for my husband and certainly does not work for my toddler. That’s when I came up with Family refrigerator oatmeal. Individual sizes for the needs of each of us in the family. Papa bear, Mama bear and Baby bear as they are so named.
First- let’s talk about the ingredients base!
Now it is really up to you what type of greek yogurt you choose to use. I will say that my Greek yogurt of choice is one that is low in sugar and high in protein (without tasting like yuck) I usually go for the Zoi vanilla or (if you have one nearby) the Winco Vanilla greek yogurt is great too. For my toddler, I like to purchase a full fat greek yogurt of him and I usually use the Stonyfield whole milk vanilla.
Two things of note here: I always buy Vanilla flavored, so that I can add any flavoring to my refrigerator oatmeal. AND- I always buy the big containers of yogurt. Trust me- once you try this, you will love it!
Totally up to you. I use whole milk for my son, 2% for my husband and Almond milk for myself. If you are trying to keep it lowfat, use the almond milk like I do 🙂 Don’t worry, it doesn’t change up the texture or consistency all that much.
It is best to use rolled oats. Not old fashioned or minute oats, but rolled oats. I usually buy mine in the bulk food section.You can use steel cut if you would rather, just half the quantity I have listed below instead. Steel cut are much more dense than the rolled oats.
Don’t skip this. Chia absorbs some of the milk and really helps to thicken the refrigerator oatmeal while it is doing its thing overnight. Not to mention they boast many health benefits like Omega-3 fatty acids, anti-oxidants, fiber and iron to name a few.
Okay so you don’t have to put these in, but you should! Flax seed is emerging as a superfood for a reason! Again with the Omega-3 fatty acids and fiber! A little goes a long way too, so a teaspoon here or there won’t do you any harm. If my toddler doesn’t mind it, I am sure you won’t either.
In each of the recipes below, you will see a quantity of “flavoring” this is the part that is totally up to you. Below are some of my favorites, but please, feel free to experiment!
- Apple cinnamon (applesauce and cinnamon)
- Strawberry pecan (diced strawberries and pecan pieces)
- Blueberry almond (crushed blueberries and almond pieces)
- Peanut butter banana (Peanut butter/PB2 and banana slices)
- Pineapple coconut (pineapple tidbits and shredded coconut)
- Tri-berry (diced Raspberries, Blackberries and Strawberries together)
- Peach maple (diced peaches with a TBS of maple syrup)
- And when I’m needing the sweetness- Dark chocolate Cherry (Dark chocolate cut into small pieces with diced cherries)
With all of these that have a double flavoring, I always just do about a tablespoon of the nut/coconut/chocolate and the rest is the fruit mixture.
Family refrigerator oatmeal size recipes:
Add yogurt, oats and milk to jar and shake well. Then add Chia seed, flax seed and flavoring of choice. Shake well again and place in fridge overnight. Enjoy the next morning!
And here is the final product for all three sizes, Papa bear, Mama bear and Baby bear with the Apple Cinnamon flavoring:
Shop the look- Cookware:
16 ounce (Papa bear) Mason Jars
8 ounce (Mama bear and Baby bear) Mason Jars
Plastic reusable lids- will fit both sizes of jars