If there is one breakfast item I have eaten most days of my life, it has to be oatmeal. I literally ate oats for breakfast every single day during middle school, high school and college. Nothing else. Crazy, right?!
Only recently, I came across an article about overnight oats and was intrigued. In its most basic form, oatmeal is delicious. But soak oats overnight with the milk of your choice, and they transform into a whole new ballgame.
Oats are a whole grain powerhouse! Oats have been proven to curb bad LDL cholesterol, and are packed with soluble fiber, which has been linked to heart health. Natural medicine at its finest. 🙂
There are so many pre-packaged single-serve oatmeal products on the market. Pre-packaged oats are not only expensive, but many contain lots of extra sugar and high amounts of sodium.
Why pay more, when you can make something so easy, tasty and inexpensive? I don’t get it!
Why It Makes Cents
Oats are cheap! At my local Costco, I found 10 lbs. of Quaker Old Fashioned Oatmeal for $7.99. This works out to 5 cents per 1/2 cup serving! Hard to beat that!
I digress. Overnight oats are delicious, and you must try them! Here’s the concept: the night before, stir together oats and your liquid of choice. In the morning, you have a delicious, creamy, chewy, cold, hearty bowl of oats that will rock your socks. Pretty cool!
Feel free to experiment with the ratio of liquid to oats! For a thicker consistency, I sometimes prefer a 1:1 ratio (1/2 cup oats to 1/2 cup milk). Chia seeds are optional, but I would highly recommend. Chia seeds expand in liquid, and will make your oats extra creamy.
- 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
- 3/4 cup milk of your choice (almond milk, hemp milk, or regular dairy milk)
- 2 tsp maple syrup (optional)
- 2 tsp chia seeds (optional)
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- The night before, combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate.
- In the morning, stir your oats. Top as desired.