Soaked oats are the simplest breakfast known to mankind. There is no cheaper or easier way to eat than this. Oats are incredibly inexpensive. A container of old fashioned rolled oats costs $2-2.50 per pound. And at volume stores like Costco or Sam's Club, you can find 10 pounds for $8-9. That works out to less than $1 per pound and each morning serving is 4-6 ounces. So for $0.25-$0.40, you have a nutritious and filling meal.
Then what makes this meal so simple is it is literally, bowl, spoon, oats, soaking liquid, eat. The way I was raised was thinking oats needed to be cooked into a mush which took time and didn't taste that great. Or that you could only eat them in boxed cereal form like Cheerios. And even if you did know about soaked oats, the misconception is they need to be soaked overnight.
Well, turns out you can take them straight from the rolled oat container and let them soak for 5-10 minutes. That's it! They will be soft and delicious. Here is the most basic recipe ever:
- 4-6 ounces of old fashioned rolled oats (enough to fill a cereal bowl 1/2 to 3/4 full)
- 1 to 1.5 cups of milk or milk substitute
- 1-2 tsp sugar or sweetener (optional)
That's it. Let it soak for 5-10 minutes and enjoy.
Now of course you can get fancy with it and add different things. See below for some of my personal favorites. But there are thousands of recipes online for soaked oats. I just wanted you to know that this is even an easier and cheaper option than what the internet currently says it is.
Blueberry Almond - add 1/4 cup blueberries, 1/8 cup sliced almonds, 2 tsp sugar. I use frozen blueberries and let them thaw in the milk.
Honey Almond - add 1/4 cup sliced almonds and 1 tbsp honey diluted with 1 tbsp hot water to make it easier to dissolve.
Banana, Honey, Almond - add 1/4 cup sliced bananas or banana chips, 1/8 cup sliced almonds, and 1 tbsp honey diluted with 1 tbsp hot water to make it easier to dissolve.
PB&J - add 2 tbsp peanut butter, 1 tbsp jelly, and 1 tsp sugar to the milk first and stir until dissolved. Then add to the oats.
Chocolate Peanut - 1.5 tsp cocoa powder, 1/8 cup whole peanuts/bits/powder, 2 tsp sugar.
Cinnamon Apple Sauce - add 1/4 cup apple sauce, 1/8 tsp cinnamon, and 1 tsp sugar.
Maple, Raisin, Cinnamon - add 1/8 cup raisins, 1/8 tsp cinnamon, and 1 tbsp maple syrup.
Double Strawberry - add 1/4 cup fresh or frozen diced strawberries and 1 tbsp strawberry jelly.