Shirley Temple Overnight Oatmeal

Oh, nostalgia…

Shirley Temple Overnight Oatmeal by The Oatmeal Artist #vegan

As a child, there was absolutely nothing I looked forward to more than a Shirley Temple. Wedding coming up? SHIRLEY TEMPLES! Going out to eat at the local bar and grill with my granny? SHIRLEY TEMPLES! Eating at the golf clubhouse for lunch? SHIRLEY TEMPLES!

Shirley Temple Overnight Oatmeal by The Oatmeal Artist

One? No. How about two? Or three? Extra cherries, pleeeeeease. And don’t forget the plastic sword.

Shirley Temple Overnight Oatmeal - The Oatmeal Artist

I probably consumed enough sugar from Shirley Temples alone that I could fill an entire brownstone in Park Slope, including the unfinished basement.

If you’re not familiar (gasp), a Shirley Temple is a “kiddie cocktail” (aka mocktail) made from a lemon-lime soda like Sprite, grenadine, and a maraschino cherry. In my adult retrospect, it’s actually a disgustingly sweet concoction…but that’s coming from someone who eats 85% dark chocolate and drinks straight espresso.

Shirley Temple Overnight Oatmeal - The Oatmeal Artist #vegan

I have wanted to recreate this drink as oatmeal for a while, but I was not about to put high fructose corn syrup (which is found in both the conventional grenadine and maraschino cherries) in my porridge. Then, on my 25th birthday, a coworker bought some ~fancy~ maraschino cherries so I could make a certain favorite cocktail at home. That gave me the motivation to make this porridge a reality.

Shirley Temple Overnight Oatmeal #vegan

Instead of grenadine, which is often just a mixture of artificial colors and HFCS, I used POM pomegranate juice. Instead of lemon-lime soda, I used fresh lime juice. To bulk up the oatmeal and make it creamy, I added chia seeds and pureed zucchini–both of which could technically be omitted.

No maraschino cherries? Fresh or frozen cherries (thawed) will do. 🙂

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Shirley Temple Overnight Oatmeal

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

  • 1/3 a zucchini or yellow squash*
  • 1/4 cup fresh or frozen cherries
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate juice
  • juice from one lime
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1/4 cup quick cook steel cut oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • pinch of salt
  • sweetener (optional)
  • cherries for topping (preferably maraschino)

How to make it:

  1. Puree squash, cherries, pomegranate juice, lemon juice, and lime juice together.
  2. Combine all ingredients except maraschino cherries with the pureed mixture in a mason jar or another container with a lid. Stir (or cover with lid and shake vigorously) until everything is thoroughly mixed.
  3. Place in the fridge overnight (or several hours). In the morning, top with maraschino cherries and any other additional toppings (pomegranate arils, coconut, nuts, etc.) and eat cold (recommended) or warm up for 1-2 minutes in the microwave.

Just an FYI:

*I use yellow squash so my oatmeal doesn't have green streaks.

Shirley Temple Overnight Oatmeal

About Lauren Smith

Lauren is a herbivore, Slytherin, and connoisseur of oats. She is a former teacher who is currently studying to earn a master's degree in curriculum development. You can follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

7 Responses to Shirley Temple Overnight Oatmeal

  1. Marina D says:

    I used to be ALL about the Shirley Temples too!! Especially at weddings.

  2. Cassie says:

    Looks fabulous! Shirley Temple was a fave!

  3. Christine says:

    This recipe looks delicious! Generally speaking, when you use steel cut oats for overnight oatmeal, is the ratio 1/4 cup oats to 1/4 cup liquid, or do you use 1/2 cup liquid (the way you do for rolled oats)?

    • Lauren Smith says:

      Good question…I think somewhere in between. This one used 1/2 cup liquid + several different juices, so it was kind of a runny one, but I was going for that. 1/3 cup might be good.

  4. Christine says:

    I made this twice already. It didn’t really taste like a Shirley Temple, but was still cool and refreshing. I used 2 T bottled lime juice and 1 T bottled lemon juice. I also added 1 T Truvia baking blend (equal to 2 T sugar). I thought that amount would be too much, but I needed it so that the oatmeal wouldn’t taste too sour or tart.

    • Lauren Smith says:

      Whaaaaaat? 🙁 I thought it tasted exactly like one. Have you tried it using fresh lime and lemon? It makes a pretty big difference.

      • Christine says:

        I’ve only tried this with the bottled lime and lemon juice. Maybe that was why it didn’t really taste like a Shirley Temple. If I try it with fresh lime and lemon juice, I’ll let you know how it goes!

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