Good Morning Oats, A Different take on Overnight Oats
If I had a dollar for every time I forgot to prepare my overnight oats....
Overnight oats are amazing and one of the best breakfasts. Besides being extremely versatile with a variety of ingredients, soaked oats are extremely healthy and satiating.
I first started eating cold oats many many years ago when I lived in the city and would walk to work. I'd pop into the Corner Bakery on the 16th Street Mall for a bowl of gluten-y dairy filled swiss oatmeal. Now, I make my oats at home out of necessity, but my biggest overnight night oat mistake is forgetting to make them the night before. Sometimes I remember right before bed, but dragging myself back into the kitchen isn't usually something I want to do.
Gluten free muesli is my go to when I travel. I can keep a small box of almond milk and maybe some fruit in the hotel fridge pretty easy to add to the muesli and don't have to eat breakfast out. One particular day I remembered the directions on a bag of gluten free muesli -- add milk or yogurt to the muesli and let sit for a little while. If you are unfamiliar with muesli, it's delicious a mixture of dried fruits, nuts, raw oats, and a few other raw gluten free grains.
This got me thinking my plain oats at home could be treated the same way, so I tried this method. I mixed yogurt into my oats and while they were sitting, I cut my fruit and gathered my seeds. i put it all together and it worked! Now I never have to worry about forgetting my overnight oats again. Instead, I have good morning oats that don't need much prep at all.
Simple Good Morning Oats
1/2 cup old fashioned gluten-free oats
1/2 cup yogurt of your choice (I use Kite Hill almond milk yogurt or Forager Cashew milk yogurt)
Fruit - any combination - bananas, blueberries, strawberries, peaches, apples, mango, pineapple)
Nuts - any combo - pecans, walnuts, cashews, pistachios, almonds
seeds - any combo - chia seeds, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds
1 teaspoon coconut sugar (optional)
See pics below for inspiration.
Combine gluten free oats and yogurt in a bowl and let sit 5-10 minutes based on your preference. If you like your oatmeal a little more runny add a nut milk of your choice. While your oats are soaking up all the yogurt goodness, cut your fruit. Add fruit to your oat bowl. sprinkle with nuts and seeds.
This is super easy and simple and I wish I thought of it sooner.
Have a happy day!!