Fresh, Fruity Summer Porridge

This past week I was in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with my husband’s family. They rented a beautiful house on the inter coastal, with the beach within walking distance. We had a few really nice warm days which allowed us to go to the beach, lay by the pool, and take walks outside. On the cooler days we went to Lion Country Safari, shopped, and took a water taxi ride, giving us a the perfect view of incredible yachts and real estate! By the way, if you ever get to this area, Lion Country Safari is a must. It’s known as the first cage-less zoo, allowing you to drive through the grounds while the animals roam freely. Having zebras and rhinos walk right in front of a car was exciting for the toddlers and adults, alike! I went as a child, and it was fun being able to take my own child now. The entire vacation was great, and it was so fun getting to see our son take in all the new surroundings that Florida offers!

The warm weather was such a treat and a tease, since coming home to single digits was not easy. I now have summer on the brain and cannot wait to shed these sweaters and ditch the hearty meals and move on to lighter everything! In dreaming of warmer temps, I made Fresh, Fruity Summer Porridge, which is essentially overnight oats. I love eating the yogurt, oats, and fresh fruit in the morning out of the mason jar; its a delicious and nutritious way to start the day. What makes this recipe different from others like it is the liquid in this version comes from grated apple. This does add an extra step, but its worth it. Until the snow melts and the temperature creeps back up, I am going to be eating this Fresh, Fruity Summer Porridge, pretending that its just around the corner.

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Fresh, Fruit Summer Porridge

Recipe from: The Family Cooks by Laurie David

What You Need

  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (not "instant")
  • 3 cups plain yogurt (whole or low-fat) or kefir
  • 3 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
  • 2 large apples (not peeled), grated
  • 1 cup mixed fresh fruit, such as sliced kiwi or strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, or blackberries (save a little extra for garnish)

What To Do

  1. Combine the oats, yogurt, honey, apples, and mixed fruit in a bowl, making sure that the apple is completely folded into the yogurt .
  2. Divide the porridge evenly among six 8-ounce glasses or mason jars, cover tightly with wrap or lids, and refrigerate overnight. Have a good night's sleep.
  3. Garnish the porridge with more fresh fruit and enjoy.

Notes

If you do not want to grate the apple, you can replay with 1/2-3/4 cup of milk of your choice. May need to adjust sweetness.

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