Old-fashioned oats don't have to be cooked! Mix and match the ingredients in this quick soaked oats recipe for a hearty breakfast in less than 5 minutes.
Forget Overnight Oats
If you like the idea of overnight oats—where you soak old-fashioned oats overnight instead of cooking them in the morning—but you always forget to soak them, never fear! You can soak them in the morning! Just mix the ingredients and go about your business. The longer you let the mixture soak, the creamier it will be. But, I prefer the chewy texture and flavor of a quick five to ten-minute soak. Also, a quick soak can be done on the kitchen counter instead of in the fridge, so the mixture won't be as cold as overnight oats.
This hearty mixture fortifies my morning walks and sticks with me until lunchtime. The different combinations of ingredients offer plenty of variety. You can have something different every day!
Great for Travel
When I travel I mix individual servings and seal them in plastic bags. If I'm traveling by car, I also pack a box of rice milk. If I'm flying, I simply buy a carton of plant milk when I arrive at my destination. Most hotel rooms have mini fridges. And, this guarantees I will have a healthy breakfast regardless of where I am staying.
Quick Soaked Oats
- ¾ cup dry old fashioned rolled oats
- ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon (or pumpkin pie spice or allspice)
- 2 Tbsp. ground flax seed (or chia seeds, hemp seeds or wheat germ*)
- ¼ cup raisins (or dried cranberries, chopped dried apricots or other dried fruit)
- ½ sliced banana (or strawberries, blueberries** or 2 chopped medjool dates)
- 1-2 Tbsp. chopped walnuts (or sliced almonds, chopped pecans, pumpkins seeds or sunflower seeds)
- 1 cup plant milk (I prefer rice milk)
- Combine selection of dry ingredients in a bowl
- Add preferred amount of plant milk
- Soak 5 to 10 minutes and enjoy!
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