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Am I the last person on earth to try overnight oatmeal?  I remembered seeing a recipe online a few months back – but when I went to find it again (with my old friend Google), there must have been 200 different recipes! Everyone seems to have their favorite technique and flavors.  So I played around and came up with one that my husband and I really like.  For me, what it comes down to is simple: oats +liquid + clean, lidded jar = overnight oatmeal.  No cooking necessary!

Feel free to use either old-fashioned rolled oats (not the instant kind) or steel-cut oats. Steel cut oats result in a much chewier cereal – so if that’s your thing, try it out!

If you prefer warm or hot oatmeal, simply heat it up in the microwave before serving.

No-Cook Overnight Oatmeal 

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled or steel-cut oats
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1-2 tbsp nut butter (I used almond butter)
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp flax seed
  • pinch of sea salt

Preparation:

Pour all ingredients into a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid.  Shake well to combine everything.  Place in the refrigerator overnight (8 hours or more). Consume.

Change whatever you like after the first three ingredients (oats, milk & water).  Feel free to add pumpkin puree, apple sauce, sliced bananas – whatever suits your fancy.  You can add dried fruit or nuts to the mix, but I choose to add those on top, the next morning.  I think this took me all of 5 minutes to prepare – and when I think of the possibility of throwing an oat jar in my lunch bag on a busy morning, it makes me smile.

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