Jamie says: I was back at K’s this weekend to celebrate my Dad’s 60th birthday. What a great time we all had together! I enjoyed a bowl of hot oatmeal my first morning there. The next morning, I looked in the fridge and found the leftover oats packed in a small container… I scooped them into a larger bowl and served them cold- and didn’t regret it one bit. This is the perfect “leftovers” recipe.
As Katy Perry would say, “you’re hot then your cold…”
Chilled Maple Oats with Slivered Almonds and Fruit Bursts
- 1/2 cup oats, old fashioned (Quaker)
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 Tbps slivered almonds (Publix)
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup (I used the one from my cousin Malerie’s wedding in New England!)
- 1/4 cup fresh grapes
- 1/4 cup fresh blueberries
- 1/3 cup fat free milk with omega 3s (Smart Balance)
- Bring water to a boil in a pot on high heat. Pour in oats and cinnamon. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until most water is absorbed. Scoop into a small bowl. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or until cold.*
- Pour refrigerated oats in a larger bowl. Top with slivered almonds and drizzle maple syrup on top. Surround oats with fresh grapes and blueberries. Finish by adding milk to bottom of bowl. Enjoy!
*Note: a large pot of oats can be made and enjoyed and the refrigerated leftovers from the previous day can be used for step one.)
Nutrition note: Are there any benefits to enjoying oats cold? Actually, there are! Cold oatmeal contains more resistant starch. Resistant starch is a complex carbohydrate that may support the growth of good-for-you bacteria, according to The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website.