As wonderful as oats are (at least I think they are!), a body can get tired of them always cooked into the same old hot porridge. Besides, winter is pretty much over in most parts of the world, and who wants to eat hot oatmeal when it’s warm out? Not me, especially not here in Southeast Asia, where it’s either hot, or hotter. Right now it’s hotter.
So, rather than strap a feedbag onto our faces and give a whinny, let’s find a more civilised way to eat our oats cold, shall we?
All you really need to make overnight oats are oats and liquid, but I wanted to get a little fancy for the first run out of the chute and make it special by adding pumpkin and chia seeds. The pumpkin adds flavour and nutrition (Vitamin A & fiber) and the chia seeds bump up the protein content as well as give your finished oats a thicker texture.
It’s still easy, though! It takes only 10 minutes to prepare the night before, and the fridge does the rest of the work for you. In the morning, you have a thick, creamy, chewy cereal with all the goodness of oats, and none of the heat! Just add your toppings… or not. It’s good by itself if you’re in a hurry, or you need to take it to go. But with toppings, it’s heavenly.
Move on over, Goldilocks. I think we’ve found our “just right” oats.