Easy Soaked Oats
Picture this. You have a kiddo who won’t get out of bed until the last possible second on school days, then spends those few precious moments of free time in front of the bathroom mirror. By the time he gets downstairs, all he has time to do is grab a pop tart or a granola bar (which is not a bad option if you have checked out our granola bar recipe) and head out the door. Wouldn’t it be great to have an option loaded and ready to go, sitting right in the fridge, so all he has to do is grab the jar and a spoon and head for the door? Enter the Easy Soaked Oats recipe!
If you have never tried eating oats this way, you are going to be pleasantly surprised with how easy, fast, and delicious Soaked Oats are. You can let your imagination run wild coming up with combinations of fruit, nuts, seeds, and spices to make this basic recipe a favorite in your house. Not only are soaked oats the perfect grab-n-go solution for busy mornings, but there are also several health benefits associated with soaking the oats overnight. By soaking the oats overnight in nut milk (almond, coconut, cashew, or macadamia nut work well), yogurt, or kifir, you make them easier to digest by reducing the amount of phytic acid and increasing resistant starch, plus the oats naturally sweeten so you can reduce the use of your normal sweetener.
Another great thing about Soaked Oats is that it is a cool, refreshing breakfast during the warmer months. Sometimes people don’t get all that fired up about a steaming bowl of steel cut oats when they are already sweating at 7am. This is a way to turn oatmeal into a great summer breakfast that is packed with fiber, magnesium, potassium, and plant based protein, not to mention the benefits of the healthy toppings you choose.
If you have younger kids, foster interest in good food by having them create their own recipe at night before they go to bed. That way they have EXACTLY what they want in the morning (which is grounds for no whining!), and they are empowered because they have made their own healthy decision and taken charge of their own breakfast. Win, win.
- 1/2 Cup Old Fashioned or Irish Rolled Oats (don’t use quick-cook or instant)
- 1 Cup milk, non-dairy milk, yogurt, or kifir
- Then pick any optional toppings you want, like…
- Any dried, fresh, or frozen fruit
- Any nuts or seeds
- Kick up the healthy fats and fiber with chia seeds, ground flax, or wheat germ
- In a bowl (or a jar if it needs to be portable) stir together the oats and the liquid of your choice
- Add any toppings you want
- Put it in the fridge overnight, soak for about 7-8 hours
- Grab the jar in the morning and chow down! No cooking necessary.
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