My faithful readers know that our family eats a lot of oatmeal. It’s good for you. Inexpensive. Easy.
All high on this mom’s checklist.
We usually make crock pot oatmeal, which consists of 1 cup of steel-cut oats plus 5.5 cups of water cooked on the low setting overnight in the crock pot. In the morning the kids doctor up the oatmeal as they see fit (i.e. add peanut butter and brown sugar).
This past week, we have had a lot of fun making overnight oatmeal in the refrigerator. I found this idea at the Green Plate Rule. (I’d link to it, but the website has been down these last few days.)
It’s easy. This is our altered version of the green plate recipe.
All you need is a mason jar and:
- 3/4 cup of milk (almond or coconut milk is acceptable)
- 1/2 cup rolled oats, not quick cooking
- 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tbsp. raisins
- 1/2 of an apple, chopped into small bits
Put all the ingredients into the jar, shake the jar, and refrigerate overnight. In the morning microwave it for one minute. Delicious!
The kids enjoy mixing their own ingredients and playing around with the recipe. They’ve most recently fallen back into adding peanut butter and brown sugar to the jars. Old habits die hard, I guess.
I LOVE the apple cinnamon combo. As you can see, I forgot to put the raisins in this bowl, which I regretted. It’s better with raisins 🙂
Kate and I cut the recipe in half, but the boys eat the full amount. None of the measurements are a hard and fast rule. Play around and see what you like. I can’t wait to try it with peaches.