Oatmeal is one of my favorite breakfasts (I say “breakfast,” but typically don’t eat anything until about brunch/lunch time), but I often find that the moment I realize I want it, I don’t have any pre-prepared. I then have to cook it right then and there and it is scalding hot afterward for what seems like an hour. I don’t want to wait that long when I’m hungry. 🙂
I’ve recently gotten into the overnight oats trend. There are a number of vegan bloggers that I’ve seen prepare oatmeal this way, which involves no cooking whatsoever. The oats are soaked overnight and ready to eat the next morning! In addition, if you’re trying to eat more raw plants—which are higher in nutrients and lower in calories—this take on classic comfort breakfasts is for you.
Now, if when you take your oats out of the fridge the next morning you don’t want to eat them cold, you’ll need to dish some up and leave them on the counter to get to room temp for a bit or pop them in the microwave. Inevitably, they will cook a little if you opt for warmer oats, but you can control the heat level and cooking time of the microwave to minimize the loss of nutrients. I have read in several places recently that microwaving food is the cooking method that removes the least amount of nutrients from food that enters in a raw state. I’m still skeptical, but the research is certainly interesting…
Anywho, if you’ve played around with my traditional oatmeal formula, you’ll find that really the only difference is that you’re soaking the oats overnight rather than simmering them on the stovetop. In addition, you can do this with steel cut oats, but you’d need a lot more liquid and probably time, too, so I stick with rolled.
This is a delicious, nutritious, and filling breakfast for you as well as a great ready-to-go breakfast for littles before school in the morning. 🙂 Enjoy!
FORMULA BASE: OATMEAL
- 4 cups uncooked rolled oats
- ½ cup specialty ingredients + extra for garnishing (finely chopped raw fruit, dried fruit, raw nuts, raw seeds, etc.) –> I’m using ¼ cup each hemp and ground flax seeds.
- 1/8-1/4 cup sweetener –> I’m using just over 1/8 cup pure maple syrup.
- ½-1 tsp extract (amount will depend on flavor intensity) –> I’m using 1 tsp vanilla.
- 1 tsp spices –> I’m using 1 tsp ground cinnamon.
- Liquid of choice for soaking (water or unsweetened plant milk) –> I’m using unsweetened Ripple milk.*
*I’m typically a die hard almond milk fan, but I am trying to minimize nut exposure for my one-year-old for a little longer, so I’ve recently tried this brand. Ripple milk is made from yellow peas and doesn’t taste much different than almond. I found it at the Super Target by my house.
Place your oats in a large glass bowl with a lid. Stir in all ingredients and fill the bowl with liquid enough to cover the mixture by about half an inch.
Cover and place the bowl in the fridge overnight. In the morning, stir to combine any remaining liquid that may have settled on the top. Store leftovers in the fridge for up to a week.