Confession: I hate oats. Given a chance, I would never touch the cereal that tastes like cardboard. I have tried making porridge, have tried adding fruits and nuts and honey and cinnamon and what-have-you. Still yucky… So why am I writing about it? And better yet, why is this post called “Genius Overnight Oats”? Coz this non-recipe is the best way that I have found to eat oats – a super-food that is heart-friendly, helps in reducing risk of Type II diabetes and helps you maintain your weight. It’s precisely for these reasons that I try to eat at least 2 oats-based breakfasts every week, but I have never really enjoyed them. That is until I received a newsletter from Food52 – a website that I totally recommend; super recipes and some delicious food photography. It’s choc-a-bloc with useful tips and meal ideas.
Their newsletter came with “How to make overnight oats without a recipe”, so I thought, well it’s worth a shot. It’s a no-cook recipe, or rather a non-recipe – very as-you-like-it kind of a thing. And I loved it! It’s made me a convert. I think my problem was the hot, cooked oats with its thick, gluggy consistency, which is quite off-putting. With overnight oats, that problem was resolved. It’s a great make-ahead breakfast, perfect for time-strapped folks – make it the night before and in the morning you can just grab and go!