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Overnight Patriotic Porridge Recipe
June 28, 2013 | Home >Healthy Kids > In the News >Overnight Patriotic Porridge Recipe

Overnight Patriotic Porridge Recipe

Although I enjoy posting about all things healthy (exercise ideas, dental health, Choose MyPlate, etc.), at my very heart, I’m a food blogger.  I don’t just love creating new meals that incorporate fruits and vegetables, but I love to photograph them too.  Well, often it happens when the idea I have in my mind does NOT photograph well, or doesn’t have the presentation I was going for. Such is with my Overnight Patriotic Porridge Recipe!  I woke up one morning thinking, “I’m going to make overnight oats in a jar, into layers- Like a flag!!”  I was so excited.  But after two days of trying to get the layers from  my overnight oats, it just wouldn’t stay “layered”.  BUT- I couldn’t keep this from you!!  It was truly bowl licking delicious!  We love overnight oats in the summer!  It’s fresh, it’s cold, it’s fast, and most important to my kids, it tastes DELICIOUS!  I can hardly get anyone to truly wait “overnight” to eat it.  In fact, we usually eat it only a few hours after we start to chill (no self control here, I guess).   So, without further ado- I bring you what I hoped you could make for the morning of the 4th:

Overnight Patriotic Porridge Recipe. Get this in the fridge tonight, for a festive breakfast tomorrow!

But, if you’ve ever made oats in a jar before, the layers don’t exactly stay in their place, giving you the fun “stripes” I was going for (for those curious, I ended up cooking the oats for the photo above).  If you make this, you likely end up with this instead:

Overnight Patriotic Porridge Recipe. Get this in the fridge tonight, for a festive breakfast tomorrow!

But like I said, even though I couldn’t master the “flag” presentation I was going for, I couldn’t NOT share! This breakfast is too delicious and so perfect for a holiday morning. Now you COULD possibly get the layered look by chilling the oats all night separate from the berries so the oats are thick enough not to be runny,  But then that kind of defeats the idea of grabbing it out of the fridge and eating. Plus, combining the berries while it sits overnight taste so much sweeter.

Either way, your family is destined to love these!  (Full Recipe Below)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups oats (rolled oats or quick oats both work)
  • 2 cups milk (or vanilla soy milk, almond milk, or other liquid)
  • 1/4 cup plain or vanilla yogurt
  • 2 cups red berries (strawberries and raspberries)
  • 1 cup blueberries

Overnight Patriotic Porridge Recipe. Get this in the fridge tonight, for a festive breakfast tomorrow!

If you want the layers, chill your oats mixed with the liquid for 12 hours.  If you want the fruit to flavor your oats, divide everything among two jars and chill overnight.

Overnight Patriotic Porridge Recipe. Get this in the fridge tonight, for a festive breakfast tomorrow!

Extra add-ins..  We also put coconut and walnuts in one of our jars.

Overnight Patriotic Porridge Recipe. Get this in the fridge tonight, for a festive breakfast tomorrow!

Overnight Patriotic Porridge Recipe

The key to making this sweet and super healthy- is loads of berries!!

Bonus- we have our fourth of July Meal plan posted in our member section if you want more ideas!! Check it out!

Overnight Patriotic Porridge Recipe

Overnight Patriotic Porridge Recipe
Serves: 4
  • 2 cups oats (rolled oats or quick oats both work)
  • 2 cups milk (or vanilla soy milk, almond milk, or other liquid)
  • 1/4 cup plain or vanilla yogurt
  • 2 cups red berries (strawberries and raspberries)
  • 1 cup blueberries
Divide all ingredients among 2-4 jars (depending on their size) and chill for 12 hours! You do NOT precook the oats! They are just plain, dry oats.. any type.
written by
Amy Roskelley

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Comments(20)
John B. says:

This looks awesome, oats and fruit is a must in my world, but never thought to add coconut and walnuts. That’s my take away, Thank you.

angee says:

Thanx for showing the “real” photo, too! Can’t wait to try this!!

I can’t express how amazing that looks!

John Ward says:

Amy

This just looks so yummy. Porridge is my stable diet to start the day. Never thought to add the 1/4 cup plain or vanilla yogurt.

Appreciate your kind thoughts on gluten free porridge as my wife has celiac disease.

Kind regards

John

Julie says:

Can you use steel cut oats?

Amy says:

Yes Julie- you can use any oats,and they should soften up overnight just fine.

Jessie says:

Last time we used steel cut oats we used half the suggested water and cooked until absorbed then proceeded with the recipe. It was just right texture wise and we prefer them now compared to quick or old fashioned oats.

Amy says:

Thanks Jessie- We’ll try it that way!

Tara Oliver says:

This looks awesome! Is it served cold?

Amy says:

Yes Tara- Cold- it’s different, but yummy!

kelly says:

what brand oatmeal do you use? what are your thoughts on quaker oats?

kelly says:

I can’t wait to try this! Which brand of oats do you use? What are your thoughts on Quaker Oats brand?

Lily says:

So the oats are cooked before?

Jessie says:

You do not cook the oats. They soak up the milk overnight. It is Awesomesauce. 🙂

Amanda says:

Can you use frozen fruit? Should you thaw them first? In the wi tee, I have lots of frozen but not a lot of fresh fruit.

I can’t wait to try this. It looks reallly fun too, so I think my kids will get into it.

Amy says:

I would thaw the fruit first Amanda- but yes, you can use it.

Amy says:

Kelly- I’m not picky about brands. It seems like any brand just has the one ingredient oats. Our oats are actually a non-brand thing I buy in 50 lb bags at a local canning warehouse. But, in my mind- oats are oats (when they are just oats). I’m of course not talking about flavored oats- just regular stuff.

Kj says:

How long would you say these keep? A day or 2? These would be great to prep ahead!

Jessie says:

I have done them up to a week out with no ill effects. They appeared they could go longer.

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