Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Overnight Oats

This recipe may be the only good food related occurrence to result from being sick.

Even if that is the case, I'm OK with that.  The above bowl has changed the way I view oats.

I used to peg oats as the cupboard corner loser.  A grain who only shines on cold, rainy mornings--and even then, only when loaded with brown sugar and butter--or else, in cookies or bread. 

Not the case!  When left in the fridge overnight in a bowl with a little milk and some other friends, in the morning, plain old oats emerge made-over, classed-up, and a contender among breakfast cereals.

"So, you want me to eat a bowl of cold and soggy oats, eh?"

Of course not!  I want you to eat a refreshing, naturally sweet, satisfying and nourishing breakfast.  Like a smoothie, but without the jarring noise of a blender in the early morning.

Overnight Oats

Yields: 1 serving


1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup vanilla almond milk (dairy milk is tasty too)
1/4 cup water
1/2 banana, sliced
generous sprinkling of cinnamon
dash of salt
drizzle of honey
2 tablespoons of dry toasted sliced almonds (or other nut)


Place oats, liquid, banana, and spices in a bowl.  Cover with plastic wrap and leave in fridge overnight.  Let the oats work their magic, soaking up nearly all of the liquid and doubling in size. 

In the morning, simply take your breakfast out of the fridge and top with honey and almonds, and a little more cinnamon if desired.


  1. I like oatmeal, and your overnight version is a really nice recipe. Much better than the standard milk and brown sugar that a lot of people serve. I haven't done much with cooking savory versions of oatmeal (Mark Bittman has done a lot, using Asian flavors), but that's an idea too. Nice post - thanks.

  2. I've been wanting to try overnight oats for such a long time! I think I might need to do this. I wonder how it would work with steel cut oats? I've been loving the nuttiness of them lately..

  3. I haven't had oats in far too long and I could totally go for a bowl of these right now!

  4. Savory oats, really? Well, that's a new idea--I could envision that as a replacement for mashed potatoes, perhaps, especially if made with some creamy cheese or something like that.

  5. I think steel cut oats would work! All you really need is just something that will soak up whatever liquid you choose.

  6. Yeah, it's funny...here I thought I was sick of oats, and after a week of eating them I ate a bowl of normal cereal, but found myself missing the oats haha!

  7. This looks like a yummy variation on everyday oatmeal. I love oatmeal, but sometimes I need to take a little break from it or change it up somehow. Definitely going to try this with steel-cut oats this week.

  8. Oooh yes, let me know how it works with steel-cut oats--another commenter was wondering about that.

  9. I like this idea a lot! I've been doing the overnight oats thing every weekday for a couple of months now - I think my guy is getting sick of them. I cook steel-cut oats bain marie style in the Crock Pot though. I'll have to give your method a try!

  10. Well, thanks for giving me the idea of cooking oats in a crock pot--that's also super convenient and easy for if you'd prefer hot oats but without the work heheh.

  11. Yummm! I eat oatmeal for breakfast several times a week, but I've never tried it this way! Looks delicious!