Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Blueberry Maple Oatmeal

Breakfasts are hard for me.  You probably have the same problem; you're rushing out the door or have limited time to get ready and just don't want to have to make something for breakfast.  Cold cereal fits the bill perfectly, but you know it's not that good for you and you're hungry by 10 anyway.

I found this recipe while browsing on Pinterest; it was originally posted on The Yummy Life.  It fits the bill perfectly; not only is it pretty good for you, but it also kept me full until nearly lunchtime.  I really enjoyed it, and my four year old loved it so much that he remembered to tell me about it when he got home from school.

I used blueberries that I had bought fresh and frozen, and they worked perfectly.  They defrosted overnight and were the perfect texture; I don't know if store bought frozen blueberries would become too mushy in this or not.

The only problem with this recipe is remembering to make it the night before (The Yummy Life advises not making it more than 2 days in advance).  Otherwise, it's a perfect solution to our breakfast problem!

Pardon the poor photography.  Many shots and this was the best.  Thanks, Picnik, for helping it look a tiny bit better.

Blueberry Maple Refrigerator Oatmeal Source: The Yummy Life
  • 1/4 cup uncooked old fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup skim milk
  • 1/4 cup low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried chia seeds
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup (more or less to taste)
  • 1/4 cup blueberries (or enough to fill jar)

In a half pint (1 cup) jar, add oats, milk, yogurt, chia seeds, and maple syrup. Put lid on jar and shake until well combined; give it more than you think--the yogurt stays pretty clumpy. Remove lid, add blueberries and stir until mixed throughout. Return lid to jar and refrigerate overnight or up to 2 days. Eat chilled.

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