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Overnight, Fresh Fruit Refrigerator Oatmeal

When we came accross this recipe, we thought: "Perfect! The equivalent to a "Salad in a Jar" for breakfast!".  These individual breakfast mason jars for a perfect serving size and an easy grab-and-go breakfast straight from the fridge (it's eaten cold). High in protein, calcium & fiber; low in fat & sugar.

When it comes to flavors, the options are endless! They all start with the same basic ingredients and procedure:
 
BASIC INGREDIENTS: (per serving or 1 pint mason jar)
  • 1/4 cup uncooked old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup skim milk
  • 1/4 cup low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried chia seeds
FLAVORS:
Mango Almond
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon honey, optional (or substitute any preferred sweetener)
  • 1/4 cup diced mango (approx. half of a small mango)
Blueberry Maple
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup (more or less to taste)
  • 1/4 cup blueberries (or enough to fill jar)
Apple Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon honey, optional (or substitute any preferred sweetener)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce, or enough to fill jar
Banana Cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon honey, optional (or substitute any preferred sweetener)
  • 1/4 cup diced ripe banana, or enough to fill jar (approx. half of a small banana)
Banana Peanut
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter (may substitute PB2 powdered peanut butter)
  • 1 teaspoon honey, optional (or substitute any preferred sweetener)
  • 1/4 cup diced ripe banana, or enough to fill jar (approx. half of a small banana)
Raspberry Vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon raspberry jam, preserves, or spread
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup raspberries (cut each berry in half), or enough to fill jar
PREPARATION:
  1. Add oats, milk, yogurt, and chia seeds to jar, along with desired sweeteners or flavors (except fruit). Put a lid on the jar and shake to combine.
  2. Add fruit and stir gently until combined.
  3. Place in fridge overnight and up to 2 days; maybe longer depending on the type and ripeness of the fruit. The non-banana varieties have been good after 4 days for me. During the overnight soak, the oats and chia seeds absorb the liquid and soften them up.
Original recipe and images: http://www.theyummylife.com/Refrigerator_Oatmeal