Soaking oats overnight is an easy way to have a quick and healthy breakfast ready to go first thing in the morning. The milk and yogurt create a creamy cereal that is delicious straight out of the refrigerator.
Tips for the cook: Any type of milk, yogurt and fruit can be used in your oats. Stir fruits that brown easily (apples, bananas) into the oatmeal. Berries and stone fruits can be placed on top of the oats before sealing and refrigerating. Save crunchy toppings like nuts or seeds to add just before serving so that they don’t soften overnight.
Yields: 1 serving
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Refrigeration time: 8 to 12 hours
¼ cup steel cut oatmeal
1/3 cup low fat milk
2 tbsp honey or vanilla flavored Greek yogurt
¼ of a small apple, peeled and diced
Optional topping ideas: cinnamon, nutmeg, walnuts, pecans, sunflower seeds
In a small bowl or jar, stir together the oatmeal, milk, yogurt and apple. The oats will expand so be sure the bowl holds at least 1 cup. Seal with a lid and refrigerate for 8 to 12 hours overnight.
Stir before serving, and add toppings if desired.
Nutrition information for one serving (without toppings): Calories 222; Total Fat 2.8 g; Saturated Fat 0.5 g; Trans Fat 0 g; Cholesterol 4 mg; Sodium 51 mg; Carbohydrate 37.7 g; Fiber 4.4 g; Sugar 10.6 g; Protein 8.9 g