QUAKER OVERNIGHT OATS RECIPE
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Quaker overnight oats recipe, how I love thee. If you have known me for a while now, you will know that I’m a sucker for overnight oats.
Peradventure you don’t know what overnight oats means, let me give you a quick little intro.
Overnight oats are a no-cook method of making oatmeal. Instead of cooking your oats with water on the stove or in the microwave, you mix the raw oats with the liquid and other ingredients and let it rest in the fridge overnight or for a few hours. Hmmm! 4-8hours is great actually.
In the morning, you have an oatmeal porridge that is perfect for easy no cook, super fast breakfast. It doesn’t have the same texture as stove or microwave oats. It’s creamier and much tastier.
The beauty of overnight oats is that it doesn’t have to be breakfast alone, you can have it for lunch or dinner.
If breakfast is not really your thing and you just want a healthy grab and go first meal of the day, overnight oats is your friend.
Maybe dinnertime is your weak point. You get home famished after doing so much work and all you really want to do is eat anything available, this quaker overnight oats recipe will save you.
If you want to take it a step further, you can enjoy your no-cook raw oats by just adding cold milk. No time to refrigerate, no problem. Just add cold milk and enjoy yourself.
This quaker overnight oats recipe is a very quick recipe that you can put together in 5 minutes. It doesn’t require any cooking. It is good for the whole family.
Not only is it a good meal for weight loss, it is also an amazing source of fiber.
SO HOW DO YOU MAKE QUACKER OVERNIGHT OATS RECIPE?
- Start by combining quaker oats with your favorite milk and/or Greek yogurt in a mason jar, a reusable container like peanut butter containers or a bowl. I use mason jars if I’m refrigerating overnight and a bowl if I’m eating it almost immediately.
- The advantage of using a mason jar or a reusable container is that you can easily transport this healthy quaker overnight oats to school, work or enjoy them in the car.
- Add any sweetener or spices you like. I recommend using fruits like banana as your sweetener but you can totally go for stevia or honey.
- Cover with a lid and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
- You can make for more than one serving and to prevent getting bored while at it, you can mix up the flavor so you can enjoy a different taste every day of the week.
WHAT INGREDIENTS DO YOU USE FOR THE OVERNIGHT OATS BASE?
- Oats: Overnight oats are typically made with old-fashioned rolled oats and sometimes quick oats. I love quaker oats because it is readily available and super affordable.
- Chia Seeds: Chia seeds give overnight oats that thick porridge-like texture and add extra fiber and fiber absorb water hence the porridge-like consistency but it is optional so feel free to leave it out if chia seed is not your thing.
- Milk: Any of your favorite milk is fine. If you’re lactose intolerant or you’re on a dairy-free diet; almond milk, coconut milk, tiger nut milk, and cashew milk are amazing options. For a creamy consistency, use a one-to-one ratio of raw oats and your choice of milk, yogurt, or any other dairy substitutes. This simply means that if you’re using 1/2 cup of raw oats, you should add 1/2 cup of milk.
- Sweetener: Use any sweetener you like such as honey, maple syrup, a ripe banana, raisins aka fruit, dates or any low-carb liquid sweetener like stevia or erythritol.
OPTIONAL INGREDIENTS FOR QUAKER OVERNIGHT OATS BASE
- Greek Yogurt – You can add a combination of milk and yogurt to make your oats extra creamy but it totally depends on whatever rocks your boat. Greek yogurt is not a must.
- Nut or seed butter: Almond butter, cashew butter, pumpkin butter, sunflower seed butter and or peanut butter add that savory-nutty flavor and a certain creaminess.
TOPPINGS FOR QUAKER OVERNIGHT OATS
The beauty of overnight oats is that you can add any toppings you like.
- Fruit: Fruits are the commonest toppings for overnight oats. There are two ways of going about this, you can either add fruit that won’t get mushy such as strawberry, blueberry, chopped apples, chopped carrots directly into the mason jar or add it directly on top of the oats when you’re ready to eat.
- Nuts: Chopped nuts are amazing toppings you can add to your oatmeal. Pro tip though- you definitely want to add your nuts when you’re ready to eat or else the nuts will get soft and soggy. Trust me, you want to avoid that. Peanuts, chopped walnuts, cashew nuts, almond nuts, coconuts, etc are amazing options. PS- I know that peanut and coconut are not nuts per se, let’s just leave it here for the sake of simplicity.
- Chocolate: To satisfy your sweet tooth, you can add chocolate chips or cocoa powder.
- Spices: For an earth-shattering aroma, you can top with cinnamon, ginger, etc.
DO I HAVE TO EAT OVERNIGHT OATS COLD OR CAN I HEAT THEM UP?
You can enjoy overnight oats both ways. Enjoy them cold straight from the fridge with more toppings or heat them up in the microwave in a heat-safe bowl or container for 1-2 minutes. Or you can even heat them up in a pot over the stove.
QUAKER OVERNIGHT OATS RECIPE
This overnight oatmeal would make the perfect make-ahead grab and go breakfast or snack, especially if your mornings are usually hectic. It is suitable for the whole family. Who has time making one meal for the children and a separate meal for Daddy and Mummy? Definitely not me.
- 1/2 cup raw quaker oats
- 1 tbsp chia seed
- 1 cup mixed fruits
- 20 pieces of peanuts
- 1/2 cup liquid whole milk
- 2 tbsp powdered whole milk
To a mason jar or small bowl, add raw oats, chia seeds, and other optional ingredients such nut butter, honey or maple syrup.
Stir with a spoon to combine. Add milk and/or yogurt and stir a few more times.
Then press down with a spoon to ensure all oats have been moistened and are immersed in the milk.
Cover securely with a lid or plastic wrap and set in the refrigerator overnight (or for at least 4 hours).
The next day, open and garnish with desired toppings as highlighted above.
Overnight oats will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2-3days, though best within the first 12-24 hours.
*Images does not reflect the steps outlined because lately, I prefer a little crunch in my oatmeal so I just mix everything together and eat like a bowl of cereal.
*Caloric information is a rough estimate.
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