Routines are important, especially in the early morning of a working day. Where would I be without routines? I am afraid nowhere, most likely never leaving my bed or rushing out of the door without having brushed my teeth and forgotten most of all the other important things, like breakfast. That’s the reason why someone invented routines and I am grateful for that. One of my Sunday night routines is making a truckload overnight steel-cut oats, enough for Mr. F and me for the upcoming week. It takes just five minutes to accomplish a healthy breakfast for several days to come. Overnight steel-cut oats are as simple as my breakfast routine can get. I know what you think, oats every morning all week, sounds boring. It’s actually not, because my oatmeal tastes different every day. I am not going to tell you how many various kinds of fruits, seeds or nut butters you can stir into your oats, that’s up to you and would miss today’s subject. But consider it stirring into Greek yoghurt, that’s one of my favorites recently.
And if you think right now, there are already recipes for overnight oats out there. Sure, but then tell me why are so many hungry folks still having microwaved instant oatmeal, the stuff with artificial flavors and too much sugar? Is this even real food?
- 1 ½ cups steel-cut oats
- 1 Tbsp. oil (I use coconut oil)
- 6 cups water (filtered)
- ¼ tsp. fine sea salt
- The night before heat the oil in a medium size saucepan over high heat and add the oats, stir-fry until fragrant and golden brown.
- Add water and salt and bring to a boil. Turn off the stove, stir and cover the saucepan.
- Watch a nice movie while your oats are continue "cooking". Before you go to bed, don’t forget to stir once more, because they may clump up at the bottom of the pan until the next morning.
- If you prefer oats rather mushy (I mean that in a good way), you can substitute ½ cup steel-cut oats for rolled oats.
- The next morning heat up what you desire for breakfast and fill the remaining oatmeal into one airtight container or distribute into jars, so you can grab one by one every morning before you leave the house.
The ratio for this is 1:4, means 1 part steel-cut oats and 4 parts water. One cup holds about 240 ml. If you are not familiar with measuring cups, you can also use your favorite coffee cup, but you are going to end up with a different amount of servings.