Three types of oats, overnight, no cooking involved. This is the BEST way to eat a healthy breakfast! | littlebroken.com @littlebroken

Breakfast is apparently the most important meal of the day but why do we skip it? I know I do. Even now when my schedule allows me to sit down and have a decent meal I still have days where my feet hit the ground, cup of coffee in hand, and next thing I know, it’s lunch time and my hunger pains are kicking in. Even in my last trimester of pregnancy, I’m still guilty of that! I know, don’t judge. That’s probably the worse thing ever. But I think it all comes down to time. At least for me and always has been about time.

Three types of oats, overnight, no cooking involved. This is the BEST way to eat a healthy breakfast! | littlebroken.com @littlebroken

I wish I knew about overnight oats when my days began at 5am and didn’t end until the sun went down also known as my previous workaholic life. Thing is, you don’t need to be a workaholic to enjoy these. Whether you’re an office robot, busy mom (or prego who should be better at eating breakfast) or a single person, you can make these the night before and have a tasty breakfast waiting for you the next morning.

Three types of oats, overnight, no cooking involved. This is the BEST way to eat a healthy breakfast! | littlebroken.com @littlebroken

I’ll show you today, how to prepare three types of oats (rolled, quick, and steel cut) overnight, with very minimal cooking. But in my book “microwaving” is not cooking so let’s just say there is NO cooking involved with these.

Three types of oats, overnight, no cooking involved. This is the BEST way to eat a healthy breakfast! | littlebroken.com @littlebroken

All you need is a jar/container with a lid. I personally like mason jars as you can take them with you on the go. Oats of your choice and milk.  You mix the oats with milk in a jar and pop it in the fridge overnight. The next morning, they’re soft and ready to be eaten. Cold or warmed up. It’s that easy! Seriously. This method works on rolled and quick oats.

Three types of oats, overnight, no cooking involved. This is the BEST way to eat a healthy breakfast! | littlebroken.com @littlebroken

Preparing steel cuts oats is just a tid bit different. If you’ve ever tried cooking steel cut oats on a stove top, you know it takes buckets of liquid and all day to pretty much get them soft. Steel cut oats have a different texture even when cooked to the fullest, more chewy and grainy. And when I tried just soaking them in milk, it’s like I’ve never cooked them.

Three types of oats, overnight, no cooking involved. This is the BEST way to eat a healthy breakfast! | littlebroken.com @littlebroken

So what I did was mix the oats with milk, popped it in the microwave for 3 minutes, immediately closed the oats with a tight lid to trap all the hot air, and left it in the fridge overnight. That’s the only difference with steel cut. It takes three minutes longer to prepare but in return you get a healthy ready to go breakfast in the morning.

Three types of oats, overnight, no cooking involved. This is the BEST way to eat a healthy breakfast! | littlebroken.com @littlebroken

Then the fun part begins…TOPPINGS! You can do chopped nuts, dried and fresh fruits, maple syrup and honey, cinnamon, fruit preserves, coconut, and anything else that you like. That’s the best part about making your own oats vs. purchasing pre-flavored packets as you can customize your flavors to what your little heart desires. Love it! Don’t  you?

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Three types of oats, overnight, no cooking involved. This is the BEST way to eat a healthy breakfast! | littlebroken.com @littlebroken

Three Types of Overnight Oats


Description

Quick and easy breakfast on the go with these overnight oats! Learn how to prepare steel-cut oats, old-fashioned oats, and quick-cooking oats overnight.


Ingredients

Units Scale

Old-Fashioned Oats:

  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cup milk

Quick-Cooking Oats:

  • 1/2 quick-cooking oats
  • 3/4 cup milk

Steel-Cut Oats:

  • 1/4 cup steel-cut oats
  • 3/4 cup milk

Instructions

Old-Fashioned Oats

  1. In an individual food container with a lid, mix oats with milk. Refrigerator overnight.
  2. In the morning, stir the oats, add toppings of your choice or warm up the oats in the microwave before adding toppings.

Quick-Cooking Oats

  1. In an individual food container with a lid, mix oats with milk. Refrigerate overnight.
  2. In the morning, stir the oats, add toppings of your choice or warm up the oats in the microwave before adding toppings.

Steel-Cut Oats

  1. In a microwave safe bowl, mix oats with milk. Microwave on HIGH for 3 minutes, keeping an eye on the oats so the milk does not boil over. You may have to stop and stir couple times.
  2. Immediately, transfer the oats to an individual food container with a lid, close it shut, and refrigerate overnight.
  3. In the morning, stir the oats, add toppings of your choice or warm up the oats in the microwave before adding toppings.

Topping Ideas

  1. fresh berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries); brown sugar; coconut chips; almond butter; peanut butter; raisins; almonds; fruit preserves; walnuts; cinnamon; dry fruit; maple syrup; honey

Notes

** if eating oats cold and you want extra creaminess, you can stir in Greek yogurt

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 262
  • Sugar: 9.2 g
  • Sodium: 78.7 mg
  • Fat: 6 g
  • Trans Fat:
  • Carbohydrates: 35.7 g
  • Protein: 10.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 18.3 mg

Keywords: quick, on the go, snack