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, milk substitute, or sweetened water (add 1 tablespoon sugar to water)
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. My personal favorite is 1/4 cup of raisins and a light sprinkling of cinnamon. So good.
I will occasionally go with frozen blueberries instead. It takes the full 10 minutes for them to thaw but you are left with this intense purple-y sweet liquid that is so cold and delicious. It tastes like desert.
Of course, chopped nuts, shaved coconut, or other toppings and mix-ins all work. 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.