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Apr 28, 2012 08:36 AM

Summer Oatmeal (cold)

I did a search and I didn't see anything like this on Chowhound so I thought I would share. We just came back from vacation, and one of the places we stayed served "Summer Oatmeal" for breakfast. It was a cold oatmeal and was really very good. We have been making it since we got home and love it.

1/3 Rolled Oats (not steel cut, not minute)
1/3 Yogurt*'
1/3 Milk

Mix and refrigerate overnight or longer.

We find 1/3 cup of each is a good breakfast serving. But you can make a cup of each and have several days worth and it still tastes fine when you eat it later. I also add some chia and flax in when I mix it, a pinch of salt and a bit of honey or brown sugar. We eat it with chopped nuts and fruit mixed in but I add that at the table.

*Don't use Greek Yogurt. It comes out with the consistency of spackle.You have to add a lot more milk. :)


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  1. I call that muesli, very popular in Europe :)

    1. you can also add dried fruit, roasted nuts, finely diced green apple, and eat it over several days. If adding fresh apple, a bit of lemon juice keeps it from browning.

      1. I prefer my muesli Swiss-style, which I understand is made with grated apple and orange juice instead of milk. I make a big tub of oats, nuts, seeds, and dried fruit, then make a serving the night before with about 1/3 cup of the mix, about 1/4 of an apple (grated right into the bowl), a sprinkle of golden flax meal, a few good dollops of plain yogurt, and enough OJ to make it quite loose.

        Overnight soaking in such an acidic environment helps break down the least digestible aspects of the oats, nuts, and seeds and really softens the dried fruit nicely. The grated apple gives it excellent texture. Sometimes I also add a few fresh berries in the morning right before eating if I have them on hand.

        Some of my favorite combos for the dry mix have been:
        pecan, dried cranberry, and coconut;
        hazelnut, dried cherry, and pumpkin seed;
        walnut, sunflower seed, and golden raisin; and
        pistachio, dried apricot, and cinnamon

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        1. re: GardenFresh

          thank you! I had lost long ago the recipe I found for this and now I remember why the lemon juice wasn't such a crazy idea.

          1. re: GardenFresh

            when I had muesli in Geneva it was not made with oj, but with milk.

          2. I sometimes take those ingredients and whip them up in a blender into a smoothie. This morning, it was 1/2-3/4 c Rolled Oats, 1 c vanilla yogurt, 1 c skim milk, some cashew nut butter, a little honey and a handful of ice cubes. Yummy...

            1. A hotel in Point au Pic, Quebec has "gruau" as a menu staple on its breakfast buffet all summer long. They use more milk and less yogurt, I believe, and offer brown sugar, chopped pecans, dried and fresh blueberries and other fruits/yogurts as toppings. It's fabulous and six years ago when I was there, I bypassed crepes, bacon and other savories to have a big bowl of it each morning.

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              1. re: pinehurst

                I regularly do "overnight oatmeal" for my family - a ratio of 1:1 for rolled oats and milk...stir it up, cover with wrap and refrigerate over night. Next morning, add toppings (usually just brown sugar for us) and you're good to go!

                1. re: jbsiegel

                  I am pretty excited about this easy recipe. I never thought to make it at home!