I don’t usually eat oatmeal for breakfast, I’m more of a smoothie kind of gal. But a few months ago I needed to buy oatmeal for something I was making and bought Steel Cut Oats instead of Old Fashioned Rolled Oats because I had heard they were supposed to be healthier.
But then I went home, opened the Steel Cut Oats and discovered they look nothing like normal oatmeal and there was no way I could use them to make no bake cookies.
Fast forward to now. Overnight oats have become all the rage! It simply involves preparing oatmeal at night, sticking it in the fridge and eating it in the morning either hot or cold.
Since I had no idea what to do with all my Steel Cut Oats I figured this would be a good project for me.
I have tried several variations and I found an overnight oat mixture I actually really like! I love that there is nothing to prepare in the morning. Just grab & go! Perfect for those 7am workout mornings!
But first, I’ll let you in on a couple secrets. First, there is nothing magical about soaking oats overnight. You can prepare this exact bowl of oatmeal in the morning too. You just combine everything and microwave it, gasp! The make at night thing is just convenient.
Second, Steel Cut Oats are slightly less processed than Old Fashioned Rolled Oats, but not enough to make any nutritional difference. The glycemic index rating and nutrition facts are nearly identical. Sorry to burst anyones steel cut oat bubble! They do have a chewier texture though so if that’s your thing, go for it!
Whatever way you make this – at night, in the morning, steel cut or old fashioned, it’s GOOD!
1/2 cup oatmeal (steel cut or old fashioned)
1 cup unsweetened, plain almond milk
1 ripe banana, peeled and mashed
1 tablespoon flax seed, ground
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Agave nectar or honey to taste
Almond butter to taste
Directions: Combine all ingredients except for agave nectar and almond butter in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
In the morning add a spoonful of almond butter and drizzle with agave nectar. Swirl and enjoy either warm or cold.