We’re a proper bunch of porridge lovers here at RealFoodSource, that’s a big part of why we launched Beyond Oats after all!
And of course, a hot bowl of porridge is often the perfect nourishing breakfast option… but what about during these warm summer months or simply when you fancy changing it up a little and a hot bowlful is not so tempting?
Enter the Overnight Oats!
We’ve talked about them on the recipe blog and in our recipe ebooks before. But having since spoken with friends and customers about our Beyond Oats blends, it seems that the process of making the perfect overnight oats is often still a little confusing.
So, today we bring you our ‘Ultimate Guide’ to making the perfect Overnight Oats…
We promise it’s just as easy (if not actually easier!) than making regular porridge and the big benefit is that you can scale up and prepare multiple portions in one go and keep them chilled for up the three days- such a mega timesaver for the mornings.
It’s hard not to love the pure convenience of overnight oats. Simply stir together your oat blend and milk of choice in your serving container (or in a bowl and then spoon into a container), let sit in the fridge overnight, or at least 3 hours, then come morning you have a hearty nourishing breakfast ready and waiting for you.
In our experience, soaked overnight oats create quite a different texture compared with cooked oats… so kids (and adults) who typically turn their nose up at porridge, often love overnight oats. If ‘porridge texture’ is a bit contentious with you or anyone in the family, we highly recommend giving this method a try!
Who knows, you might find a new breakfast win to help mornings run that little bit more smoothly!
P.s whilst we keep talking about breakfast here… in reality overnight oats make the perfect snack at all times of day. Keep in a big tub in the fridge and grab a spoonful instead of heading for the biscuit tin, a big pot can keep you going throughout a day hike, great as a post workout fuel, or simply to munch as a quick nourishing supper.
The Golden Rules on How to Make the Best Overnight Oats
Using The Beyond Oats Porridge Blends (or any oats!)
1) Liquid ratio:
As a general rule you’ll want to add 1.5 x the amount of milk to the quantity of oats (eg. 50g oats and 75g milk). In the morning stir briefly to loosen the oats and if a still little too thick for your preference you can add a splash of milk to stir through ready to eat.
2) Liquid of choice:
You can use your favourite milk here – plant-milk or cows milk. Some even use fruit juice. We wouldn’t recommend water to mix unless you are using the creamy blends with added coconut milk powder as the final result won’t be as creamy or flavourful.
If using the blends containing coconut milk powder, we recommend using a warmed liquid if possible as this will help better activate and blend through the coconut milk powder.
3) Chia/Flax seeds:
Some of our blends already incorporate chia seeds. You may, however, like you add a teaspoon of chia or ground flax to any Beyond Oats Overnight Oats creation as this does create a really lovely thick ‘puddingy’ texture as the seeds soak up more liquid – this step is totally optional though.
For blends including chia seeds, or if you are adding your own, you will likely need a little extra milk to the ratio stated above.
4) Hot or Cold?
Overnight oats are typically served chilled. However, if you prefer warm oats, you can heat them in the microwave for 30-60 seconds to warm them through a little just before serving.
Totally optional, but if you want to make the flavour pop, add a tiny pinch of salt when you stir through the liquid (this is a tip for when making hot porridge too).
We love adding toppings! If you plan to add fresh fruit, add this just before serving as it will likely go soft and mushy otherwise (unless of course you prefer it that way!) Any extra dried fruit, nuts, seeds, yoghurt etc can be added at the time of initial prep.
Quick note: The Beyond Oats Blends use a finer oat flake than regular rolled oats for maximum soak, creamy consistency (and quick cooking when making hot porridge). If you make overnight oats with other regular porridge oats you may notice a slight difference in overall texture.
Maybe you are already an overnight oats pro, or maybe this has inspired you to try overnight oats for the first time?
We’d love to hear from you and see your creations. Tag us @realfoodsource on Instagram!