Student-friendly recipes: Refrigerator oats

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This time-saving meal prep recipe delivers big flavor and leaves lots of room for creativity.  The base is simple to make and can be refrigerated for up to 5 days.  The add-ins listed below were used to make 2 flavors of refrigerator oats:  Raspberry and Almond Mocha.

Makes 3 ½ Pint servings, good for 3 grab-and-go breakfasts  

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Total cost: About $1.61

Ingredients:

Oat base Ingredients:

1 cup rolled oats ($.20)

2 Tbs chia seeds – Optional ($.14)

1 pinch Salt

1.5 cups milk or any milk substitute ($.19)

½ cup vanilla yogurt ($.30)

1 tsp vanilla or almond extract ($.10)

Toppings and add-ins:

Raspberries and blackberries ($.30)

½ sliced banana  ($.15)

Sliced almonds

For Almond Mocha:

1 Tbs cocoa powder ($.05)

1 tsp instant espresso ($.09)

For Raspberry:

1 Tbs raspberry preserves  ($.09)

Instructions

Gather and prep ingredients.

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Oat Base:

Add oats, chia seeds, salt, milk, yogurt, extract and your choice of add-ins  to a mixing bowl and combine.

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The mixture will be very runny.

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Pour mixture into containers and refrigerate for at least four hours, but preferably overnight.  Canning jars are trendy, but not necessary.  Any container with a lid will work fine, or you can cover the bowl in plastic wrap. The mixture will have a firmer consistency after chilling.

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Assembly:

Add toppings directly to the container or transfer the desired portion to a bowl and garnish with your preferred toppings. Fruit and berries work well, and crushed graham crackers, cereal, or granola add a nice crunch.  A drizzle of honey or maple syrup will add a bit more sweetness. 

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Enjoy!

Notes:

The base of this recipe takes less than 5 minutes to assemble and can be used with an infinite amount of add-ins and toppings. The only limit is your imagination!  Different brands of yogurt or different types of milk change the level of sweetness and flavor.

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