If there was ever a time to make a no cook Refrigerator Oatmeal recipe, I would say summertime would most definitely be it!
I got the idea for making an Ambrosia Style Refrigerator Oatmeal from the new cookbook I have been raving about, “Inspiralized: Turn Vegetables Into Healthy, Creative, Satisfying Meals“. The dessert section of Inspiralized featured an ambrosia recipe made with spiralized apples that looked out of this world. If you are not familiar with ambrosia, it’s basically a creamy fruit salad that is typically made with either heavy cream or sour cream–or both (Yikes!)–along with lots of sugar and sometimes even marshmallows. In other words, ambrosia is not typically classified as a clean eating recipe. But Ambrosia is easy enough to clean up with ingredients such as coconut “cream”, pureed dates, “whole” orange juice, etc., which is exactly what I have done for the Ambrosia Style Refrigerator Oatmeal recipe below.
Refrigerator Oatmeal is super easy to make and easy enough to add any number of superfood booster ingredients to also. For a mega antioxidant boost I like to add either Camu Powder or Goji Powder, both of which can be purchased at a natural foods store or online on Amazon. You can also try adding in collagen powder (my favorite is marine collagen by Vida Glow—and don’t worry! It doesn’t taste one bit fishy!). For an omega-3 and fiber boost, try stirring in chia seeds or flaxseeds. And for a GLA boost, you can always throw in some hemp seeds.
2 Big Health Perks of Refrigerator Oatmeal
Not 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.
- 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.