an exclusive feature from Laurie Burrows Grad, grandmother extraordinaire*

Serves: 1

This is such a yummy and easy recipe to make for yourself, or double, triple, or quadruple for others. It’s truly delicious. What we love best is that it’s already to go in the am, and super easy to transport on those mornings when you know you have absolutely no time to stop and eat.

Double the recipe and have enough cold oats for the week!

½ to ¾ cup vanilla unsweetened oat milk

½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats

1 Tablespoon toasted coconut

1 Tablespoon chia seeds, optional but highly recommended

1 Tablespoon flaxseeds

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

½ teaspoon cinnamon

Pinch nutmeg

Sweetener to taste (I use stevia vanilla sweet drops)

Additional Items that can be added: chopped dried figs, goji berries, or fresh berries, or nuts

  1. Add the oat milk (or milk of your choice), oats, coconut, vanilla, chia seeds, flaxseeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sweetener to a jar or container and stir well to combine. Refrigerate overnight or for at least 5 hours.
  2. In the morning, top with fresh berries or nuts and serve cold, room temperature, or heat slightly.

Cook’s Note

The mixture will keep for up to 3 or 4 days.


*After losing Peter, her husband of forty-seven years, Laurie Burrows Grad began blogging about grief, widowhood, and survival. She has published over 130 blogs about grief as a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and Thrive Global.  Her website has helped widows all over the globe. Grad is a cookbook author and television chef by profession as well as the author of THE JOKE’S OVER, YOU CAN COME BACK NOW: How This Widow Plowed Through Grief and Survived. Laurie is the proud grandmother of two grandchildren, ages 12 and 16.