I love oatmeal in the winter. It’s warm and comforting, filling and easy. But in the summer, sometimes its too hot for me to crave my once coveted breakfast treat. So one morning, I just put cold water on my oatmeal and let it sit a while before scoffing. It was amazing!! So I sat there totally patting myself on the back for discovering this concept, psyched about it and eager to share.
Well, it turns out not only was I not the first to discover this secret, there is no way I will be the last!! Overnight oatmeal is what most people call it, and even though I may not be pioneering the concept, it’s delicious and awesome nonetheless. And you should make it. Because it couldn’t be easier. Seriously.
Hubby prefers this with water, and I think I do too. But I can see how people might prefer the creaminess that comes along with using some kind of milk. So try it out and see what you like!
Health highlight of oats: Oats are packed with fiber and antioxidants, and can help reduce your cholesterol (from all that soluble fiber). Oats have also been shown to help reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes, and help stabilize blood sugar. They help to protect your heart, and contain a lot of great vitamins and minerals. Oats are a great source of manganese which serves several important functions in your body including protection from free radical damage.
2/3 cup Oats
1 ½ cups Water or Milk (unsweetened non dairy)
½ teaspoon Cinnamon
1 tablespoon Chia Seeds (optional)
1 tablespoon Maple Syrup
Berries (to serve – about a cup will be more than enough)
- Combine all the ingredients (except the berries) in a bowl with a tight fitting lid (or mason jar)
- Place the bowl in the fridge overnight
- In the morning top the oatmeal with the berries