Overnight Oats Recipe – Kath Eats Real Food

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Overnight Oats Recipe - Kath Eats Real Food


Overnight oats are one of the most popular ways to eat oats – for a good reason! This simple no-cook recipe is versatile, portable, filling, nutritious, and convenient. I’m updating my old KERF page as a new post with everything you need to know about one of my favorite breakfasts! // {Jump to Recipe}

What Are Overnight Oats?

Overnight oats are oats soaked in the liquid you put them in – any kind of liquid you like but most commonly milk – for a few hours up to a day or two. Generally the ratio is 1:1 oats to milk, and I like a third component of yogurt for a 1:1:1 ratio. Chia seeds also help the whole mixture gel together. That’s the base, and toppings are endless. There is NO COOKING involved at all! (Although you could heat them just a tiny bit in the microwave to take the chill out.)

Key Ingredients

  • Oats – rolled oats are best, but you can use quick or instant oats too. Steel cut oats are a bit too tough to “cook” just by soaking alone.
  • Liquid – I like cow’s milk, but you can use almond, coconut and even thinner liquids like coffee or juice
  • Yogurt or chia seeds – the oats will still soak up whatever liquid you use without these, but I like both for a thicker texture. Greek yogurt will lend to the thickest texture and highest protein.
  • Pinch of salt – I think this is a necessary component!
  • Sweetener – I personally don’t add any, but you can use honey, jam, or maple syrup for a natural option

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