We love oatmeal. We don’t love how long it takes to cook authentic, old-fashioned oats. The kind that sticks to your ribs. The kind that tastes hearty and keeps you full beyond the morning commute. Here’s a way to enjoy the goodness and health benefits of old fashioned oats, without sacrificing precious time in the mornings. Letting the oats soak overnight allows for a quick, no-cook breakfast or on-the-go morning snack sure to keep energy levels up and tummies satiated. Use our suggested variations below or change up the flavour with what ever fruit, nuts or seeds you have on hand to make your nutritious powerhouse parfait.
Overnight Oatmeal Parfait
1 cup old-fashioned rolled or steel-cut oats (use ‘gluten-free’ oats to make this gluten-free)
3/4 cup unsweetened milk of choice (such as unsweetened vanilla almond milk) – if using steel-cut oats, increase the milk to 1 cup
Optional: 1-2 tbsp ground flax seeds, or chia seeds (for added protein, fibre and omega 3 fats)
Combine the oats and milk (and flax or chia) in a sealed glass container or mason jar. Let it soak overnight for perfect and ready-to-eat oatmeal in the morning. Double, or triple the recipe and make a large batch as unused oatmeal can be refrigerated and consumed within 2-3 days.
Piling up the Parfait
Layer spoonfuls of oatmeal with fresh fruit and nuts, seeds or coconut. See our suggestions below. If more sweetness is desired, drizzle on a teaspoon of raw honey or maple syrup. Eat right away, or pack up in a small container for a nutritious snack at work or on-the-go. Quick, portable and delicious!
Tropical Treat – layer with chunks of mangos (fresh or use frozen, thawed out), bananas and coconut
Apple Pie – layer with pieces of apple, walnuts and topped with cinnamon
Berries & Almonds – layer with fresh strawberries, raspberries and/or blueberries, along with chopped or slivered almonds
Pear-Pecan Ginger – layer with pieces of pear, pecans and fresh grated gingerroot and cinnamon
Pumpkin Pie – combine with unsweetened pumpkin purée and pumpkin pie seasonings (or use a combination of any of these: ginger, cloves, cinnamon, allspice), drizzle a little maple syrup and sprinkle on some pumpkin seeds
Note: although pure oats themselves do not contain gluten, cross-contamination from gluten-containing grains normally occurs. However, for those strictly avoiding gluten, gluten-free oats are commercially available.