I am obsessed.
This bowl of oatmeal is purely, simply, delightful. It’s thick, creamy, and almost doughy in texture. Prepare for your life to be altered *significantly.
*an average amount.
Now, let’s begin this conversation with the acknowledgement that I have been eating oats for breakfast for a few years now. I adore them as much as my mother adores her dog, which is to say, they’re my chosen favorite child.
The part I hate about making a pot of oatmeal on the stovetop every morning is: making a pot of oatmeal on the stovetop every morning. Essentially, I hate everything other than eating the oatmeal, and even then, I know there’s a pot in my sink, giving me the stink eye, waiting to be scrubbed.
I’ve done the microwave oats song and dance as well. Believe you me, I’ve tried to make life easier. But the unfortunate truth is, microwaved oatmeal is never the same as her stovetop sister. The oats are never as thoroughly puffed, as creamy dreamy, as when they’re simmered slowly.
This type of oatmeal, known almost exclusively as ‘overnight oats,’ is uncooked. It’s a recipe idea I’ve seen on blogs for quite some time now, but for some unreasonably unreasonable reason, I’ve resisted making it and loving it. Here’s the deal:
Dry rolled oats are soaked overnight in a mixture of yogurt and milk or water. By morning, the oats have absorbed most of the liquid, leaving you with a bowl of creamy, doughy oatmeal. All the taste, all the volume, none of the hassle.
It’s not only genius, but it’s currently rocking my world. I have a feeling you might say the same when you try them.
Whoever created the original recipe, let’s all make it our business to find that person, kiss them squarely on the lips, apologize for kissing them squarely on the lips, and thank them dearly for bettering our breakfasts.
I know I will.
I’m calling them ‘tomorroats’ for the plain and simple reason that the name sounds cuter. If you’re an oatmeal lover, let me know what you think!
1/2 cup dry old fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup plain nonfat yogurt
1/4 cup water (or milk)
At night (before bed), mix all ingredients well in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, stir and serve. No need to heat them, no need to dirty another bowl. Simply mix in your desired topppings- fruit, nuts, peanut butter, honey, anything.
Nutrition (for oats, yogurt, and water only): 200 calories, 5 grams protein, 5 grams fiber