2 Big Health Perks of Refrigerator OatmealNot only does not cooking your oatmeal help you stay cool and save time, it’s actually easier for your body to digest. Refrigerator Oatmeal requires soaking your oats overnight, a method that breaks down the starches within the oats and thus improves digestibility. Soaking overnight oatmeal also reduces the phytic acid naturally found in oats and other plant foods such as nut, seeds, whole grains, etc. (Note: if you are confused about phytic acid and the role it plays in the anti-inflammatory diet we recommend in our book be sure to read more about phytic acid here.) Unlike it’s hot cooked cousin, Refrigerator Oatmeal has more resistant starch. If you have our Clean Cuisine book you know we are big into resistant starch because it helps improve blood sugar, decrease insulin levels and makes it much easier to maintain a healthy weight. Oatmeal naturally has a good amount of resistant starch, but this “miracle starch” is always greater in cooled starches rather than hot starches.
Ambrosia Style No Cook Refrigerator Oatmeal
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: 4 1x
- 3 oranges (divided)
- 3 organic apples (finely chopped OR sprialized)
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 4 medjool dates (pitted)
- 2 tablespoons vanilla powder
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons coconut “cream” (see notes below)
- Optional: 1 tablespoon superfood booster goji berry powder
- 3/4 cup gluten free old fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 cup raw walnuts
- Chop two of the oranges and add them to a large mixing bowl. Add the apples and lemon juice and gently toss the fruit together, making sure all of the apple pieces are soaked in lemon juice (note: the lemon juice will keep the apples from turning brown.) Set bowl aside.
- Peel the remaining orange and add it to a high speed blender (such as a Vitamix); process on high speed to make orange juice. Add in the dates, vanilla powder, coconut cream and goji powder (optional); process on high until mixture is smooth and creamy. Pour the mixture over the apples and oranges.
- Stir in the oats and walnuts.
- Divide the mixture among 4 small 6-ounce mason jars and refrigerate for at least 12 hours. Serve cool. Note: Overnight oatmeal will keep for up to 4 days if stored in a mason jar in the refrigerator.
Coconut “Cream” is the thick, rich and non-watery part of canned coconut milk. To get the “cream” you need to refrigerate your coconut milk for 5 or 6 hours or pop it in the freezer for at least an hour. Once the coconut milk is cold, carefully remove the top with a can opener and use a spoon to scoop out the hardened coconut “cream” off the top. The “cream” is what you will be using for the Refrigerator Oatmeal Recipe. You can reserve the liquid water for smoothies. Also, for what it is worth, I always seem to have the easiest time getting the cream from Thai Kitchen brand.