grab-n-go breakfast!

Everywhere I turn I am being told that I need to incorporate more fruit into my diet, and eat more fiber, especially oatmeal. Aha! A friend reminded me of this recipe, which has been around for a very long time, also known as refrigerator oatmeal, summer porridge, or muesli. No matter what you call it, it is delicious, nutritious, and super easy. Get the kids involved creating new flavor combinations. They LOVE it!

grab-n-go oatmeal master recipe

refrigerator oatmeal1

  • 1/3 cup old fashioned rolled oats (not quick cooking)
  • ¼ cup low-fat or skim milk, almond milk, coconut milk
  • ¼ cup low-fat Greek style yogurt
  • 1-2 teaspoons sweetener of choice
  • ¼ cup fruit
  • optional flavoring agent(s)
  • a little extra fruit and/or optional ingredients for garnish!

Stir you choice of ingredients together in a half-pint mason jar. Top with garnish when assembling, or just prior to serving. Top with lid and refrigerate up to 3 days, or freeze. If you choose to freeze, be sure to leave ½ inch of head space to allow for expansion. Thaw overnight in fridge.

You can also heat these in the microwave on high for about 1 minute, for a warm treat!


  • honey
  • agave
  • brown sugar – great for a caramel flavor
  • jam
  • maple syrup

fruit choices (go wild here!):

  • bananas
  • cherries (fresh, frozen)
  • drained canned fruit, pineapple is perfect!
  • apples
  • berries (fresh, frozen)
  • mango
  • or 2 tablespoons dried fruit — apricots, cherries, cranberries, raisins, etc.

optional flavoring agent(s):

  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee powder
  • 2 teaspoons nuts, seeds or coconut
  • 2 teaspoons chopped chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon candied ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
  • dash of salt

think of great flavor combos that you already know:

  • pina colada — coconut milk, pineapple, coconut
  • monkey see — coconut milk, banana, coconut
  • black forest — cocoa powder, dried, fresh or frozen cherries, finely chopped chocolate
  • almond joy — cocoa powder, almond milk, coconut, chopped chocolate and slivered almonds
  • caramel apple — brown sugar, apple chunks, cinnamon, chopped peanuts
  • baja — coconut milk, chopped chili mangoes, ½ teaspoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • caramel mocha — cocoa powder and coffee powder, brown sugar, chopped chocolate
  • cranberry ginger — dried cranberries, finely chopped candied ginger
  • autumn — pumpkin puree or pumpkin pie filling, finely chopped candied ginger
  • pear vanilla — chopped pears, vanilla extract
  • apple maple bacon — chopped green apples, maple syrup, 1 tablespoon chopped crisp bacon
  • white chocolate blueberry — almond milk, blueberries, white chocolate, vanilla extract
  • sweet tater pie — mash canned sweet potatoes or yams with the milk and yogurt, then add brown sugar and chopped pecans, cinnamon and nutmeg

monkey see grab-n-go

banana coconut oatmeal

  • 1/3 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • ¼ cup low-fat Greek style yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ¼ cup diced banana
  • 2 teaspoons coconut
  • a few banana slices and extra coconut for garnish!

Mix as directed in master recipe above.

chocolate cherry grab-n-go

Cherry oatmeal

  • 1/3 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • ¼ cup almond milk
  • ¼ cup low-fat Greek style yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • ¼ cup cherries, pitted an halved
  • 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
  • a few cherry halves and chopped chocolate for garnish!

Mix as directed in master recipe above.





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