This overnight oats recipe is one of the easiest breakfast recipes you’ll ever make.
Whether you’re a college student struggling with exams and deadlines, a hardworking employee, or a busy parent with active kids, this simple breakfast is for you. Packed with tons of vitamins and nutrients, it will be able to fuel you up for the whole morning. The best part about it is that you can make it the night before and it will be ready by the time you wake up.
Now, if you’re a newbie to the game of oats, there are a few things you need to learn. Don’t worry, we’ve done the homework for you already.
Know Your Oats
Before we start preparing for this overnight oats recipe, let’s get down to the basics and learn about the different kinds of oats. Brace yourself so you won’t be surprised (and confused) at the seemingly endless variety of oats you can find through a Google search. And fear not, for we have narrowed down the choices to the ones most commonly found in your local grocery store:
- Steel-cut oats: Manufacturers use whole oat groats and roughly chop them with a sharp steel blade, hence the name. This kind of oats takes the longest time to cook compared to the other kinds below.
- Old-fashioned rolled oats: Whole oat groats are steamed and, instead of being cut with a metal blade, they are rolled and flattened into flakes, which allows them to cook faster than steel-cut oats owing to a larger surface area.
- Quick or instant oats: They are quite similar to old-fashioned rolled oats, but they are rolled out even thinner and usually chopped into smaller pieces so that they take less time to cook— perfect for a quick breakfast porridge.
For this overnight oats recipe, it is best to leave out steel-cut oats as they can’t absorb liquid like the other two.
Now it just comes down to old-fashioned rolled oats vs. instant oats: which one should you use? Many recipes specifically call for old-fashioned— as do we, but if you don’t have them to hand, simply use whatever you have in your pantry. Or you can test the recipe with both types of oats to find out which one you prefer. If you have, comment below and share your experience. We’d love to know how they turned out for you!
Is It Ok To Eat Raw Oats?
The answer is yes.
During the production process, whole oat groats are slightly toasted at a low temperature, which deactivates the enzymes in the oats, reducing the risk of spoilage, so that they can last longer on shelf. Then before they are rolled into flakes, they get a good steam bath, making them soft and easier to be flattened out.
So, raw oats aren’t technically ‘raw’, meaning they are safe to eat. However, it’s a good idea to soak your oats in some kind of liquid, like milk. Don’t just eat raw oats dry because it can be hard for your stomach to digest and sometimes cause stomach irritation.
Apart from that, there’s nothing else to worry about. In fact, there are lots of health benefits that come from eating oats. You can see for yourself right here.
How Long Do Overnight Oats Need To Sit?
Ideally you would want to let them sit overnight or roughly 7-8 hours for the best result. After all, they are called ‘overnight oats’ for a reason. Make them the night before, pop them in the fridge and hit the sack. By the time you get up the next morning, they should have absorbed all that liquid and swollen up nicely. Perfect for a healthy on-the-go breakfast.
Okay, quick question: have you ever experienced that feeling when you get up one morning, don’t know what you should eat for lunch, but find yourself craving sweet oats? If that happens, you can just let your oats sit for 4-5 hours. Make it in the morning, bring it to work with you, and leave it in the fridge so you can enjoy it for lunch.
Can You Microwave Overnight Oats?
Yes, you can. Again, it depends on your preference.
You can eat your cold overnight oats straight out of the fridge, or you can put it in the microwave for a minute to take the chill off. If you want the warm and hearty feel of porridge oats, leave the oats in the microwave for a bit longer. Set the timer for 1 minute at a time to see if the oats are at the temperature you like.
Overnight Oats Recipe
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 2 tbsp honey
- 2 tsp cinnamon powder
- 4 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 4 oz fresh strawberry quartered, optional
- 4 oz fresh blueberries optional
- 4 oz walnuts roughly chopped, optional
- In a large bowl, add milk, Greek yogurt, and honey. Whisk well to combine.
- Divide equal amounts of old-fashioned rolled oats, chia seeds, and cinnamon powder into 4 jars or airtight containers. Add equal parts of the milk mixture and mix everything to combine. Put the lid on and refrigerate for 8 hours (or at least 4 hours if you’re in a hurry/taking with you for lunch).
- The next morning, add chopped walnuts and fresh berries to serve.
- Feel free to use any other types of milk, nuts, and fruit you like. Tailor the recipe to your preferences.
- Be sure not to add fresh fruits and nuts to the oats from the beginning. The fruits won’t be fresh anymore and the nuts will lose their crunchiness from being soaked in liquid. So add them only when you’re ready to eat.
- You can make a big batch of overnight oats to eat throughout the week. They can last up to 5 days in the fridge provided that you separate the oats and the toppings.