Instead of cooking your oatmeal, you should try no-cook overnight oatmeal for perfectly soft and chewy oats. However, I've yet to find a plain overnight oatmeal recipe. When I first made this, I tried following recipes and mashing in an overripe banana the night before. Brown, mushy banana is about as gross as it sounds.
- ½ cup of traditional oats
- ½ cup of milk
- optional: cinnamon
- Add oatmeal and milk to a medium-sized vessel. Stir well.
- Cover and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, remove from fridge. Eat cold, or heat up in the microwave.
- Oats: Main component. What types of oatmeal can you use?
- Traditional oats, oat bran, or steel-cut oats need to soak overnight (at least 6 hours) to soften or else they will be hard to chew.
- Quick oats, cut-up, smaller pieces of traditional oats, only need to soak for at most 2 hours. Do not soak quick oats overnight unless you like very mushy oatmeal.
- Milk: Makes the oats creamy. What kind of milk can you use?
- Any type of milk (almond, soy, cow, rice) will work. Water does not make very tasty oatmeal. You can substitute up to half of the milk for applesauce or pumpkin.
- Alternatively, you could use 1/3 cup of yogurt and 1/6 cup of water. If you use yogurt, do not heat up the oats because microwaved yogurt turns curdled and gross.
- Cinnamon: Adds flavor.
Microwave Oatmeal Discussion
Traditionally, you make oatmeal by microwaving oats and milk. I dislike this approach because the milk always boils over, and I have to clean the microwave. Overnight oats do not require any cooking.
If you want to heat up overnight oats, make sure you use put the oats in a microwavable vessel. In the morning, remove the lid, and microwave on high for 30 seconds - 1 minute. Unless your microwave is ridiculously strong, the oats will not get hot enough for the milk to boil over, so you will have no mess.
Step by Step Photos
Find something to put oatmeal in. I used an empty peanut butter jar. How much oatmeal can you eat? Put in that amount of oatmeal. In general, anywhere from 1/4 cup to 1 cup of oatmeal is reasonable. If you do not know, I suggest using 1/2 cup of oatmeal. In the 16 ounce jar pictured above, the 1/2 cup of oatmeal fills up 1/4 of the jar.
Add 1/2 cup of milk. You should add enough milk to cover the oats or else your oatmeal will be dry and crumbly. If you want to measure the milk, you can use the same measuring cup you used to measure the oatmeal.
If you want cinnamon oats, add about 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon. A reasonable amount of cinnamon is pictured above. Do not add too much cinnamon or else your oatmeal will be gross. How gross? Try eating a small amount of plain cinnamon.
In the morning, the oats will have absorbed most of the milk. I usually eat overnight oats cold with a banana because microwaving jars and washing fruit require too much effort in the mornings. If you have any questions on things to eat with your oats, feel free to comment below, or contact me at email@example.com.