Overnight, no-cook oatmeal for people on the go
A breakfast of oatmeal is a great idea since oats contain fibres that provide you with a longer-lasting sense of fullness and actually keep hunger pangs at bay. Oats also contain vitamins B1, B2 and E and even help reduce “bad” cholesterol levels.
Although instant oats are a tempting time-saving option, they almost always contain too much sugar, salt and a long list of unpronounceable ingredients that we can certainly do without.
Preparing oatmeal in the morning takes very little time: just a few minutes really, after which you can add whatever you want to it, including, among other things, REAL fruits!
But there exists an even simpler method, because in truth oatmeal doesn’t really need to be cooked, it just has to be soaked for a while, which means you can prepare your breakfast the previous night and keep it in the fridge. The icing on the cake is that you can also carry it to school or to work.
Overnight, no-cook oatmeal
For 1 person:
- Take a small Mason jar (250 ml) with a lid, or any other sealable jar.
- Add 1/4-cup oats (regular, not instant).
- Pour 1/2-cup milk (dairy or non-dairy) or a mixture of half milk and half yogurt.
- Add 2 tsp chia seeds (optional) to help absorb the liquid and thicken the oatmeal.
- Add 2 tbsp nuts and/or dried fruit.
- Add desired sweeteners (honey, maple syrup, etc.) and spices (vanilla, cinnamon, cardamom, etc.) (optional)
- Close the lid and shake to combine.
- Open and top up the jar with fresh fruits.
- Close the lid again and keep in the fridge for at least 4 hours.
- When it’s time to eat, simply stir and dig in!
All combinations of milk types and fruit toppings, nuts and spices are possible. Note: If the oatmeal contains bananas, it will last for 2 days; but non-banana varieties can be kept for up to 4 days in the fridge before eating.
Try our recipe for No-Cook Banana-Nuts Oatmeal.