These Overnight Oats will fill you up without weighing you down, giving you lots of energy to get you through your morning. And they are really delicious!
Why Make Overnight Oats?
Many of our ancestors used to soak their oats and other grains prior to preparing. But unfortunately in today’s fast-paced society, we don’t take the time for this important step. Oats contain a substance called “phytic acid” which can bind to minerals (such as iron, zinc, manganese and calcium) and slow their absorption.
Soaking the oats in an acidic medium makes them easier to digest and enables the nutrients in the grain to be better absorbed by your body.
It really doesn’t take any extra time to soak your oats, but just requires a little planning ahead.
And what I love about this recipe is that after cooking the oats, you can add pretty much anything your heart desires! Some of our favorites are walnuts, pecans, almonds, seeds, fruit, nut butter, honey, pure maple syrup, cinnamon, chia seeds, raisins, and pumpkin puree.
Try soaking your oats and see if it makes a difference in how you feel!
Note: Oats are low in the enzyme phytase, needed to neutralize the phytic acid. So you can add 1-2 tablespoons of wheat flour to your oats when soaking to help reduce the phytic acid.