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 gluten-free rolled oats (also called old fashioned oats).
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 microwave mush).
Are your Oats Gluten-Free?
We use gluten-free oats in all of our products; however, we are not certified gluten-free. Our products are manufactured in a facility that processes wheat.
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.
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.
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!
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 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? What is the longest you recommend soaking the oats for?
They can soak in as little as an hour and a half, but for best results, we recommend 6-10 hours. You can keep them for 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.