My father taught me how to make overnight oats. And, like many things I’ve learned from my father, I wasn’t that interested in it in the beginning, but as I wised up, I realized that once again, he was right, and this IS the best oatmeal in the world and the healthiest way to eat it as well!
One of the greatest things about this oatmeal is that you can really alter the recipe to include your favorite nuts/fruits/spices and therefore guarantee that you’ll be looking forward to breakfast!
Here’s the basic recipe I follow:
1/2 C dry old fashioned rolled oats
1/4 C dried fruit, i.e. prune, date, fig, apricot, small handful of raisins, cranberries, etc
1/4 C nuts/seeds, i.e. almonds, walnuts, pecans, cashews, sunflower/pumpkin seeds
dash of cinnamon, flax meal
optional for the morning:
1 tsp liquid sweetener (I like molasses)
1/2 banana or 1/2 apple, sliced
Cut up dried fruit and mix everything in a bowl. Cover the contents with boiling water (maybe a little less than a cup). Cover the bowl with a small plate, and leave on the counter overnight. You can reheat the oatmeal on the stovetop in the morning (with a bit of water or non-dairy milk) or eat it at room temp! The dried fruit will sweeten the oats, but you can add the optional items above to get it even sweeter! ENJOY!
Soaking your oats, nuts and fruit together overnight is very healthy because the contents start the process of breaking down and moving towards “sprouting.” Food that is sprouted, or fermented is much easier for our bodies to digest as it’s already begun the process for us!