FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are Overnight Oats?
A no-cook method of making an oatmeal-like breakfast. Instead of cooking oats on the stove (time consuming) or in the microwave (mush), you simply add milk (cow, nut, or soy) to the overnight oat mix and let it rest in the fridge overnight. This is when the magic happens, turning the oat mixture to a nutrient-rich breakfast with a thick and hearty texture. It’s the perfect creation that’s high in fiber, dairy free (most flavors), a good source of protein, and, of course, delicious. Who knew oats, chia seeds, and hemp could be so amazing?
What kind of oats do you use?
We used organic roll oats (also called old fashioned oats). These give the overnight oats a rich, creamy texture.
What is the difference between rolled, steel cut & instant oats?
Steel-Cut Oats are made from the oat groat and chopped into pieces. They tend to have a more chewy and thick texture.
Rolled Oats are first steamed to make them soft and pliable, and then pressed, giving a thick and creamy texture. They
absorb more liquid than steel cut, making them perfect for overnight oats.
Instant Oats are similar to rolled oats, but they are rolled for a longer period of time to allow them to cook a lot faster.
Because they are rolled so thin, they do not retain their texture like rolled oats, producing a rather mushy consistency (think
Are your Oats Gluten Free?
Unfortunately, not at this time. Organic gluten free oats are a little more difficult to find, but we are on the hunt, and hope to be able to offer them soon.
If all your items are organic, how come you’re not certified? Getting certified with the FDA takes a little bit of time, but all of our ingredients are currently certified. Stay tuned, we should be getting the official seal soon.
Can I heat my oats up?
If you like something a little warmer in the morning, go ahead in pop your overnight oats in the microwave after their slumber in the fridge. They’ll give you the consistency of cooking your oats on the stove top in a fraction of the time.
Can I cook my oats like instant oatmeal?
We do not recommend this. Because we use rolled oats vs. instant oats, they will not cook as quickly, leaving you with an unpleasant texture.
Do overnight oats have the same texture as regular oatmeal?
Overnight oats do not have the same texture as hot/stove-top oats. Instead, they are creamier, denser, and in our opinion, so much tastier. We’d take a jar of overnight oats over hot oats any day!
What kind of milk should I use?
The choice is yours whether you choose cow, soy, nut, etc. Some classic recipes even call for lemon juice.
Can I add fresh fruit or honey?
We encourage everyone to make it their own. Our goal is to give you a solid overnight oat base, so you don’t need to add anything, but part of the fun is making them your own. You can add fruit, honey, chocolate, nut butter, or whatever you can think of ... bacon anyone?
Do I need to use a mason jar?
Of course not – they just happen to look amazing in pictures, and in our house, we can never seem to find a Tupperware container with a matching lid. All kidding aside, there is no need to buy new glassware. Use a bowl, a coffee mug, a pint glass, an empty peanut butter jar; basically, anything that holds liquid, and you are good to soak.
Can I travel with them?
We know a lot of people that throw packs of overnight oats in their suitcase, so they have a healthy breakfast in their hotel room. Every hotel room has a cup, and spoons are never far away. It has to be a better option than the dry eggs in the lobby.
Can my oats sit outside the fridge for a while?
Yes, many people take them out of the fridge in the morning, throw them in their bag, and eat them as a late breakfast at work. If using cow milk, just make sure you don’t leave it out too long – we don’t want your overnight oats turning into cottage cheese.
How long should I soak my oats for?
They can soak in as little as an hour and a half, but for best results, we recommend 6-10 hours.
What is the longest you recommend soaking the oats for?
We recommend keeping them up to 5 days. Make them Sunday night, and you’ll have breakfast for the week.
Are there nutritional benefits to oatmeal?
A half-cup of rolled oats, which results in about a cup of cooked oatmeal, will give you five grams of protein and four grams of fiber.