No-Cook Overnight Oatmeal

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Cold oatmeal for breakfast?  It may not sound appetizing, but don’t judge it before you try it!

Cold oats or grains are nothing new or unusual.  Muesli is a traditional Swiss dish that consists of uncooked oats, fruits, nuts and milk.  Instead of cooking the oats, it is soaked in the milk until it has softened.

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This cold bowl of oatmeal is a refreshing and surprising breakfast.   It’s nothing like cooked oatmeal that is gluey and super thick when cooled.

I prefer this chilled oatmeal because it is ready when I wake up in the morning.  There is no need to heat it up, however you can warm it up in the microwave if you’d like.  We’ve all heard that oatmeal is good for you.  It’s full of fiber, lowers your cholesterol, and keep your full all morning.

This no-cook overnight oatmeal is super customizable!  You can experiment with all sorts of different milks: soy milk, vanilla almond milk, hemp milk, oat milk, coconut milk, the choices are endless!  I suggest you use rolled oats (as known as old-fashioned rolled oats) because they easily soak in liquids and soften quickly.  Other oats like steel-cut oats require heating before eating because they are less processed than rolled oats.

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Before you go to sleep, simply combine rolled oats and milk of choice in an airtight container.  The following morning, sweetened oats with honey, agave, even maple syrup!  Top it with your favorite toppings.  I chose sweetened shredded dried coconut, blueberries, sliced almonds, and some cinnamon sugar pecans.

During the winter months, dried fruits and nuts are great.  And during the more bountiful spring and summer months, you can add all sorts of fresh berries and tropical fruits.

No Cook Overnight Oatmeal, serves 2

Ingredients

1 cup rolled oats (old fashioned oats)

1 cup almond milk (or milk of choice: soy, whole, 2%, etc)

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

agave syrup (or honey, maple syrup)

blueberries

sweetened shredded coconuts

sliced almonds

Instructions

1.  In a large bowl or container, combine oats, milk, and cinnamon.  Cover with lid and place in the fridge overnight.

2.  The following morning, or at least two hours later, scoop out soaked oats into desired portions.  Sweeten according to taste using agave syrup (honey, maple syrup, or sugar/brown sugar).  Garnish with desired toppings and serve.

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Maryanne’s Chic Tip: Best thing about this oatmeal- you can portion them out into little jars and have them ready for an instant take-away breakfast!  You and your kids can eat it on the way to school (or even take them as a snack in plastic containers).  They are also great for serving at breakfast/brunch buffets or picnics!   These pre-made oatmeals can last up to 3 days in the fridge.

No-Cook Overnight Oatmeal
Serves 2
This cold bowl of oatmeal is a refreshing and surprising breakfast.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup rolled oats (old fashioned oats)
  2. 1 cup almond milk (or milk of choice: soy, whole, 2%, etc)
  3. 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  4. agave syrup (or honey, maple syrup)
  5. blueberries
  6. sweetened shredded coconuts
  7. sliced almonds
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl or container, combine oats, milk, and cinnamon. Cover with lid and place in the fridge overnight.
  2. The following morning, or at least two hours later, scoop out soaked oats into desired portions. Sweeten according to taste using agave syrup (honey, maple syrup, or sugar/brown sugar). Garnish with desired toppings and serve.
Notes
  1. *These pre-made oatmeals can last up to 3 days in the fridge.
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21 Responses to “No-Cook Overnight Oatmeal”

  1. Deb

    Hi,
    I was wondering where you got your teacup from. I’ve been looking around and trying to find that pattern, but no leads. It’s so pretty! Your recipe looks pretty too. Mmmmm…. blueberries!

    Deb

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    • Maryanne Cabrera

      Hi Deb, I bought it from Anthropologie. It was on sale a couple months ago. I’m not sure if they sell it anymore. Best bet for a similar pattern- Etsy! 🙂

      Reply
    • Maryanne Cabrera

      Hi Jasmine, you can use any kind of kind you’d like (almond, soy, hazelnut, cow, goat, etc). Water also works but it might taste a little bland. I’ve never tried oats with juice, but if you try it, please let me know!

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    • Kate

      Water can be substitutes for milk. I use quaker oats old fashioned oats with water and the other ingredients mentioned. I wait until I’m ready to eat to add the fruit. blueberries, strawberries, mango, or a bit of all three.

      Reply
  2. Stacy

    I was wondering if you used a certain brand of oats, because all of the oats I have in my grocery store say that they are processed in a plant that processes wheat.

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  3. Karen

    My husband has been eating his own version of this but he calls it muesli. He uses raw oats, plain yogurt, frozen blueberries, flax meal and milk, and half of a banana. This carries him to lunch where he will eat a handful of almonds and a piece of fruit.

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  4. Sheree Edwards

    I eat oatmeal this way several times a week but I use Almond Milk. Best thing ever when eaten cold!!

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  5. Colleen

    I made this for the first time last night and love it. I added flaked coconut, blueberries, syrawberries, raspberries and kiwi (chopped of course) and the pure maple syrup option. I added all ingredients and mixed them together before putting it in the refrigerator overnight. I wanted the oatmeal to absorb the sweet fruity flavor along with the milk. Then before I ate it, I added chopped almonds on type. Just awesome!

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