Jul 31, 2015


Start Your Day with Oats!

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To tackle a busy week a healthy breakfast is a must.  But who has the extra time, energy or the will to step into the kitchen on a rushed morning.  Well I say let the fridge do the work.  Yup, let the big guy pull his weight in prepping tomorrow’s breakfast.

Overnight oats provide you a healthy start to the morning with the flexibility of enjoying a new flavor combination every morning.  Steel cut oats are soaked overnight in the milk of your choice; whole, almond or soy.

Toppings are limitless.  Try nuts, seeds, dried or fresh fruit or butters such as peanut, almond, cashew or hazelnut.  Drizzle with agave or honey.  Enjoy either cold or warm.

Steel cut oats or whole grain groats are rich in fiber, calcium, protein and B- vitamins.  Their flavor is chewy with a nutty texture.  Many recipes call for cooking steel oats overnight in a crock pot, but I find the results from the soaking technique much easier.

Here’s the Easy Recipe

  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 cups milk, organic milk, almond milk or soy milk

1.  Combine all in a bowl and mix.

2.  Cover and refrigerate overnight.

3.  To serve scoop amount desired into a bowl and add fruit or nuts.

*you can double the recipe, will keep well in fridge for 3 days.

After 3 days it will thicken as oats continue to absorb milk.

*Add the spices of your choice or omit the vanilla and cinnamon altogether and flavor your oats with the toppings.


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Vianney Rodriguez

Vianney Rodriguez

Vianney "Bonnie" is a Tejana (Texan) foodie with an eternal love for all things Texas, and is committed to teaching others about her Tex-Mex heritage. On any given day you can find her posting Texas-style recipes or wonderful recipes from Mexico! Check her out at her blog, SweetLifeBake.com!

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  1. Mmmmm…I would happily start any day with a bowl of these oats. They look wonderful, plus they’re good for me…what more could I ask for!? :)

  2. This is one of my favorite breakfasts! I never thought to heat it up after it’s overnight soak! Great idea!

  3. What a great idea! Will try this tonight!

  4. Que rico!!! I will be enjoying them tomorrow morning, no doubt! Gracias!

  5. Love oatmeal and this is making me love it even more ,fast easy and looks good

  6. Those look yummy!

  7. This is such a brilliant idea. Sounds perfect and the photos are so inviting. Great job.

  8. WOW! This looks amazing. I actually love steel cut oats, with berries and walnuts. But I hate cooking it and I usually buy the frozen Trader Joe’s brand. But I’m going to try this.

  9. Excellent recipe! Cooking oats and cleaning the pot afterwards is the worst part!

    If you are avoiding or minimizing gluten, make sure your oatmeal is labeled as gluten free to guarantee they have not been contaminated.

    I have discovered that frozen pineapple chunks are absolutely delectable in a hot bowl of oats!

    Buen provecho!

    (Love this post! Will share!)

  10. I love love oats! I add pineapple to mine! Yum!

  11. have you ever worked with steel cut oats! what a difference they make! Admittedly, they take much longer, but they’re so good and full of fiber. I love that 2nd shot with all of those colors!

  12. Well, first of all congrats for the article. It is amazing and what a wonderful opportunity. I love this recipe. It is healthy and fun and delicious which is hard to come by sometimes when you are talking about eating right! Perfect for the school year coming up! Love it- great job

  13. We make oatmeal a lot…I think I’m going to start doing the overnight…and wow, the loaded is fabulous. My kid likely will stick to brown sugar and blueberries! One day, one day…

  14. Ana Flores says:

    Love this idea! Last weekend I saw a new vendor at the farmer’s market selling cold oatmeal with blueberries, strawberries, etc.
    She soaks regular oatmeal overnight in orange juice and drains it the next day. Then just mix with greek yogurt and fruit of your choice. It lasts in fridge 14 days! I thought it was perfect for school lunches and my girl loved it. Will share the full recipe in a post

  15. Brilliant! This is an amazing trick to getting a good start off breakfast with little effort…looks wonderful :)

  16. so proud of you… and this is a perfect way to start the series, the day and good eating habits

  17. This recipe reminds me of a Colombian treat, aptly called “Avena” which is chilled oatmeal, blended with milk, cinnamon, and sugar. It’s consistency is between horchata and a smoothie. Summer is the perfect time to let the “Big Guy” do this work & enjoy cold oatmeal. Nutritious YUM!

  18. Brilliantly simple and easy.


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