Overnight Oats | #NaBloPoMo

One of my favorite holiday cookies is the Forgotten Cookie. I have blogged it before, and you’ll likely hear me go on about it again. It’s a cookie from childhood, and I love it. I made it once in graduate school when I lived with two roommates. I put the cookies in the oven and told one of my roommates not to open the oven, otherwise the magic wouldn’t happen.

The consummate critical thinker, she asked what would happen if she opened it.

The magic won’t happen, I repeated. They have to be left overnight. Forgotten.

But why? She persisted. What would happen if she opened it?

Of course, it’s really all about slowly drying out meringues so that they form a crispy, delicate cookie, and once I found the words to explain it any way other than “magic,” we agreed that the oven door would stay closed.

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There’s a special “magic” (yes, magic) to me about something that is prepared at night and is ready to be consumed the next morning. Forgotten cookies is one of my favorite examples, but overnight oats is my more recent (and healthier) overnight love.

Grab a mason jar, add 1/2 cup of oats, 1/2 cup milk, and go to town with the fixins:  my favorite combination is Granny Smith apple, chopped dates and walnuts, golden raisins, a dash of cinnamon, a pinch of brown sugar, and a drizzle of maple syrup. Add a pinch of salt if you feel fancy.

(I tend to feel fancy.)

Put the lid on, stash it in the fridge, and in the morning, your oats are soft, the milk is soaked in, and the fruit is just as lovely as it was the night you fixed it. For a nursing mom, a big bowl full of oats is not only healthy, it’s a milk-producing super food.

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You can try this with any fruit combination. I used peaches and dried cherries at one point. Amanda tried peanut butter and banana, and she really liked it. Use the half-cup oats to half-cup milk ratio, and the rest is entirely up to you.

It’s sweet, it has fruit (a whole apple! dates! banana!), and it’s a breakfast that’s already made when you shuffle to the coffee pot in the morning. That’s called winning at breakfast.


2 thoughts on “Overnight Oats | #NaBloPoMo

  1. This is crazy—even though I don’t cook much your posts seem to have some relation to what I’m doing/wondering about! I have never tried this oatmeal-overnight thing. My question: The next morning, do you eat it cold? Or do you heat up in micro?
    In the summer, I make a kind of breakfast parfait with layers of raw (old fashioned) oatmeal, plain yogurt, and fresh fruit. No soaking overnight. No cooking. It’s delicious. But it’s cold, and I like something hot in the winter.

    1. Haha! That IS funny! I actually eat them cold. You probably could warm them up, but since there’s fresh fruit in it, it might end up tasting a little funky – but who knows!?
      Your breakfast parfait sounds delicious! This is really sort of a variation on that, but with soaking. I hear you on the wish for something hot. I’m not sure if I would want the cold breakfast in the winter, but then maybe it could be deconstructed – make the soaked oats ahead of time, add warm oatmeal or cooked berries? There’s room to play here, for sure! (Project!)

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