I use steel cut oats and rolled oats. Steel cut oats are oat groats that have been cut into smaller pieces with steel blades. Oat groats and steel cut oats are the least processed way to eat oats. Rolled oats are more processed yet are still considered to be whole grains. One cup of oats provides 6 g of protein , 4 g of fibre and about 150 calories. They have been shown to reduce cholesterol and support healthy digestion due to the content of soluble and insoluble fibre.
If you are making these last minute and don’t have overnight for soaking, use 1/2c of rolled oats, skipping the steel cut oats. Add all of the dry ingredients to a mason jar and stir to incorporate the cinnamon. This isn’t really necessary but I find that if the cinnamon isn’t mixed in, it floats on top of the milk once the milk is added. Add the milk and stir. Using frozen fruit works really well – especially strawberries, blueberries, peaches and raspberries. Add the fruit to the jar (let it sit on top of the oats) and just let it sit overnight. As the fruit melts it will release the sweet juices to the oats. It also works well to add fresh fruit… there are no rules here. Our jars today had fresh mango and frozen strawberries and cherries. So yummy.
As for sweetener, I prefer to add a teaspoon of pure maple syrup for sweetening. I use Dutchman’s Gold, made just down the road from us! Depending on the fruit used, it may be sweet enough so it is best to check sweetness before adding. I would recommend against using artificial sweeteners.
I make two or three of these babies in the evening so that they are ready to grab in the morning. Mornings around here are busy, and I appreciate the simplicity of this wholesome breakfast. The jar of deliciousness is very portable and it is oh so satisfying to dig into. A happy and healthy breakfast or snack. My girls love these oats. I am happy to have an easy breakfast, and this one would be great for any working mom or dad to have on hand for hectic mornings. C takes one in his bag to work for a snack in the morning or afternoon. For mornings that he sleeps a little longer than he should, these oats are a nutritious meal on the train. When we started eating these oats, he sent me a text one morning: “this oatmeal has changed my life”… I guess he’s a fan too.
Do yourself a favour and try this little gem soon!