Remember when overnight oats became a trend and everyone started going crazy over this fast and healthy breakfast snack?
Since that oaty frenzy, this simple recipe became a regular on my breakfast list. And it should be the same for everyone, too.
Whether you’re a college student struggling with exams and deadlines, a hardworking employee or a busy parent with active kids, this simple breakfast packed with lots of vitamins and nutrients will be able to fuel you up for the whole morning. The best part about it is that you can make this the night before and it will be ready by the time you wake up.
Now, if you’re a newbie in the game of oats, there are a few things you need to learn. Don’t worry, I’ve done the homework for you guys already.
Know Your Oats
Before we start prepping for overnight oats, let’s get down to the basics and learn about the different kinds of oats. Brace yourself so that 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 here I have narrowed down 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 other kinds of oats 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 larger surface areas.
- Quick or instant rolled oats: They are quite similar to old-fashioned rolled oats, but they are rolled out even thinner so that they take less time to cook – perfect for a quick breakfast porridge.
For this overnight oats recipe, it is best that we leave out steel-cut oats as they can’t absorb liquid like the other two.
Now it comes down to just old-fashioned rolled oats vs. instant oats: which one should you use? I haven’t tried using instant oats for this recipe, but I think they would both produce relatively the same results. If you have tried making overnight oats with these 2 kinds of oats, comment below and share your experience. I’d love to know how they turned out!
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’ as we thought. Does that mean it is now safe to eat raw oats? Yes, as long as you soak your oats in some kind of liquid such as milk. Don’t eat raw oats because it can be hard for your stomach to digest and sometimes cause stomach irritation.
Apart from that, there’s nothing more to worry about. In fact, there are lots of benefits that come from eating raw 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 a better 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 absorb all that liquid and swell 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, and suddenly you’re craving some sweet oats? If that happens, you can just let your oats sit for 4-5 hours. Just 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. But personally, I like to put it in the microwave for a minute to take the chill off. You can leave it in a bit longer if you want a warm and hearty feel of porridge oats.
Do keep in mind that every microwave oven is different from another, so just set it for 1 minute at a time to see how things turn out.
What to Pair with Overnight Oats
Although this oaty breakfast is wholesome as is, it may not be enough to make an adult male feel full. The solution is simple: you need to pair it with something else. My suggestion would be a glass of healthy strawberry smoothie. It’s easy to make, delicious, and refreshing. They will make a perfect breakfast combo.
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).
- In the next morning, add chopped walnuts and fresh berries to serve.
- Feel free to use any other types of milk, nuts, and fresh you like. Feel free to tailor your own recipe.
- 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 its crunchiness for being soaked in liquid. So add them only when you’re ready to eat.
- You can make a big batch to eat overnight oats throughout the weekday. They can last up to 5 days in the fridge provided that you separate the oats and the toppings.