Whether you call it refrigerator oatmeal, summer porridge, cold oatmeal, no-cook oatmeal or yogurt oats, it is all really another name for muesli.
What Is Muesli?
In the 1900′s, a Swiss physician named Maximilian Bircher-Benner created a meal based on uncooked rolled oats, fruit and nuts for his patients that were in the hospital. A diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables was part of the requirements for his therapy, thus muesli was born.
Most of the time, muesli is eaten for breakfast, but in Switzerland and Germany it is also eaten as a light evening dish with buttered bread and coffee with milk. So muesli is a winning combination of great-tasting, good-for-you foods, and it includes whole-grain oats!
Muesli is great for health food and vegan diets, as well as everyone else!
No-Cook Refrigerator Oatmeal Is Delicious
I know that the first thing you think when you hear “no-cook” and “refrigerator oatmeal” in the same sentence, a vision of chewy, pasty tasting mush enters you mind.
Refrigerator oatmeal, summer porridge, cold oatmeal, no-cook oatmeal and yogurt oats are ABSOLUTELY delicious! I promise! Have I ever steered you wrong with a recipe yet? If that doesn’t convince you, what do you have to lose by giving it a try? I’ll answer that for you. Nothing! You not only won’t lose a thing, you will experience a delicious breakfast of Overnight No-Cook Refrigerator Oatmeal Muesli!
Still not convinced? Well, I will convince you the way I always do by providing mouth-watering, guaranteed-to-make-you-drool photos and step-by-step directions to help take all the guesswork out of the recipe. By the time you look at all the photos, I’m sure you are going to want to try this recipe.
If you can’t cook and even if you don’t like cooking, Overnight No-Cook Refrigerator Oatmeal Muesli is so easy that you won’t even mind throwing all the ingredients together before you go to bed. However, if you just want to have a HOT breakfast, simply warm this oatmeal up instead of eating it cold. When it is warmed, it almost tastes like a dessert! I. Kid. You. Not!
Also, don’t forget that not only is this recipe easier than easy to put together, but since it includes oatmeal, it is HIGHLY nutritious. Here’s a few facts about oatmeal:
- low in total fat and saturated fat
- oatmeal can help lower the “bad” LDL cholesterol levels in your blood
- absolutely no cholesterol in oatmeal
- oat-soluble fiber helps to remove the cholesterol from your body
- eating oat soluble fiber daily can reduce your risk of heart disease
- oatmeal helps to maintain healthy blood pressure levels
- oatmeal is a whole grain and recommended by the USDA
- oatmeal reduces your craving for foods that are not good for you
- oats have a lower glycemic index and help to balance glucose levels for better diabetes control
- oatmeal keeps your feeling fuller longer and thus, helps to cut out the snacks and will possibly help you lose weight
See? Are you convinced? This recipe is healthy AND delicious. Do you know the real kicker? Overnight No-Cook Refrigerator Oatmeal Muesli is simple and easy to prepare even for the non-cook. So let me get started so that you can taste this recipe with your eyes for a few minutes.
Overnight No-Cook Refrigerator Oatmeal Muesli
We will start this recipe with one of my favorite pieces of kitchenware…a Mason jar. I used a quart jar and it gives me five breakfasts. If you are a more breakfast eater, you could put this recipe in two pint jars. That would let you grab and go if necessary too.
Add old fashioned rolled oats to the Mason jar. They will absorb everything better and give you a wonderful consistency.
Now add Greek yogurt to the Mason jar. If you only have regular yogurt, add that instead. If you hate yogurt, leave it out of the recipe. You could add a little more milk or even some whipping cream instead.
It doesn’t matter if you add 2 percent or whole milk, but that’s the next ingredient to add to the Mason jar.
Now stir all the ingredients really good. There won’t be a whole lot of stirring room after you add the next two ingredients, so it is best to get it well combined first. Add the peaches.
Now add the mango and stir again.
Last healthy ingredient to add to the Mason jar is slivered almonds. They will give a nice crunch to the Overnight No-Cook Refrigerator Oatmeal Muesli. I’m all into having a good texture, so the almonds just really make this deliciousness over the top!
It is time to give it a really good mixing stir.
Can you see the beautiful Overnight No-Cook Refrigerator Oatmeal Muesli through the glass of the Mason jar? I love the redness of the peach. It looks so pretty.
There isn’t really any mess to clean up. So when all the mixing was finished, I put it in the refrigerator so that the oats would soak up the milk and get soft.
As you can tell, I made a quart which was enough for five breakfasts. So Monday through Friday there was no rush in the morning to prepare breakfast. I don’t like rushing in the morning!
The little one? Oh well, it became my dessert.
I added some local honey and stirred it up really good.
Then I ate it as a dessert one night.
Every bite has peaches and almonds in it.
Not microscopic peaches, but nice big chunks of peaches!
This is not a stingy ingredient recipe. Every bite is as good as the last one.
That’s what makes it impossible to take just a bite.
You’ll want bite
Since none of us are getting any younger, think about how important it is that you eat healthy meals.
As you can tell, this is not only healthy, but very easy to put together. This meal has no problem staying in the refrigerator for five days. So when time is short before you get ready to leave in the morning, you don’t have to sacrifice your health by not eating a nutritious breakfast.
You want to know something else? You can put them in the freezer too. Just take them out the night before and put them in the refrigerator. By the morning, they will be thawed and ready to eat.
Here’s a wet paper towel so that you can wipe the drool off my photos before you go in the kitchen and make some Overnight No-Cook Refrigerator Oatmeal Muesli.
Overnight No-Cook Refrigerator Oatmeal Muesli
1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1 cup Greek yogurt or regular yogurt
2/3 cup milk, 2 percent or whole
2/3 cup peaches
1/3 cup mango
1/4 to 1/2 cup slivered almonds
2 tablespoons honey or sugar (optional)
In a quart Mason jar (full recipe) or pint Mason jar (half recipe), add old fashioned rolled oats. Now add Greek yogurt to the Mason jar. If you only have regular yogurt, add that instead. If you hate yogurt, leave it out of the recipe. You could add a little more milk or even some whipping cream instead. Add milk and stir all the ingredients together really good. Add the peaches and mango. Stir again. Add slivered almonds. Stir until all ingredients are well combined. Refrigerate overnight. The next morning, eat the oatmeal cold or warmed up with or without a sweetener.