Sour Cream Blueberry Refrigerator Oatmeal

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You may think I’m weird, but I love the combination of blueberries and sour cream. It all started back in 1999 when I spent a summer in Ukraine. It was a language exchange program that was also a missions trip. I ate a lot of fresh fruits and veggies that summer—over there you eat what is in season! But my favorite dish was something called Varenyky— dumplings similar to pierogies, but they can have fruit filling (such as blueberries!) in them. They are served with sour cream--there are very few things not served with sour cream in Ukraine.

A few weeks ago my friend at The Pinterest Project, Jamie, posted about mango refrigerator oatmeal. (If you are on Pinterest but wonder if anyone ever does anything with the things they pin, check out her blog. She and Miranda spend every week trying out ideas they found there!) She pinned her idea from The YummyLife, who has several different versions of refrigerator oatmeal. I have seen this concept of combining dairy, old fashioned oatmeal, and fruit in a jar on several blogs. Most of the folks are using Greek yogurt as their main dairy ingredient. I, however, have not joined the Greek yogurt phenomena. You see, I tried to join the trend when I was pregnant with the twins. My OB suggested I try it since protein is known to help morning sickness nausea and Greek yogurt has a higher level of protein than regular yogurt. Let’s just say that the Greek yogurt did not help the morning sickness, and that experience has scarred me. I haven’t had the courage to go back and try Greek yogurt again in my non-pregnant state.

Anyway, when I saw Jamie’s version of refrigerator oatmeal, I thought, “What a cool idea,” but since it called for Greek yogurt, I also thought, “Not the recipe for me.” But then last week I saw something about how Greek yogurt and sour cream can be used interchangeably in recipes. And then blueberries went on sale at my local grocery store, and I started craving my crazy combo of sour cream and blueberries. The wheels started turning in my head, and I decided I needed to develop my own version of blueberry refrigerator oatmeal.

Oh, my goodness! Talk about easy--you just layer all the ingredients in a half-pint jar and then mix it up. It's perfect for a grab and go breakfast. I loved my variation of it. I will be trying the different variations at The Pinterest Project  and The Yummy Life for sure! The combination of sour cream and blueberries was perfect, and the oats were filling and perfectly soft (amazing with no cooking), and the pecans added a crunch that kept the meal exciting. If you think I am too weird for using sour cream, well, don't knock it if you haven't tried it!

Thanks to The Pinterest Project  and The Yummy Life for their inspiration for  this recipe!

Blueberry & Sour Cream Refrigerator Oatmeal
1/2 pint jar or similar container
1/4 cup old fashioned oats
1/4 cup-1/3 cup low fat milk
1/4 cup light sour cream
1/8 cup chopped pecans
1/8 tsp vanilla (this is optional in my mind)
1 tsp honey or other sweetener
1/3 cup blueberries

Layer all the ingredients into your jar except the berries. Shake until well combined. Put the berries on top. Stir in the berries. Close and refrigerate overnight.

Obviously you can make this more decadent by changing what kind of sweetener. You could add other things to make it healthier, such as flax seed. What I liked about this was the possibility to feed my girls this relatively easy meal for breakfast, now that I have tested it. I could indoctrinate them into the Ukrainian tendency to putting sour cream on fruit...hmmm...or I could just keep this yummy treat just for mommy. Tough decision, I know. Enjoy.

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  1. Yum! This sounds fantastic and looks even better. Can't wait to give it a try!

  2. I love overnight jar oats. Deliciousness in a jar! Great idea of adding the bluebs!

  3. Yummy! I'm super excited to try this!! Love different variations of oatmeal ;)
    Thank you so much!!

  4. Looks great. Have a super week