I saw this parfait porridge recipe a while back on the Food Babe blog. Even though it’s pretty similar to my overnight oats, it included oat groats. I had never tried them before because of all the cooking I thought they needed. Why go into that trouble when rolled oats will do the trick? However, according to Food Babe, the overnight soak is all these groats need to become edible. That’s a theory I needed to test out for myself. So I did!
And it absolutely worked. They added quite some chewiness and texture.
I’m all in favor of food that forces you to eat slowly; and yet, is super easy and quick to put together! Double win!!
Ingredients (for 1 serving)
- 1/4 cup oat groats, rinsed well and drained
- 2 tablespoons rolled oats (can use multi-cereal flakes instead)
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds (optional)
- a sprinkle of cinnamon (to taste)
- your choice of nuts, seeds, or dried fruits (these are totally optional and if you decided to add them choose the combination you like)
- milk (cow, almond, oat, rice, organic soy…)
- your choice of fruits
I use mason jars because they are easy to grab and take to work. Plus, if I’m preparing them a few days ahead, they don’t take much space in the fridge and they won’t spill.
Rinse the oat groats really well and drain them. In the jar, add the groats, rolled oats, chia, cinnamon, nuts and seeds if using.
Stir (the first time I didn’t and and I had to finish up unflavored groats from the bottom, not the best way to end a meal!).
Add your choice of fruits (I added cut apples, sliced bananas, roughly chopped almonds and dried apricots this time).
Add milk to cover.
You can alternatively cover with milk first then add the fruit, if you are using berries or other summer fruits.
Shredded coconut and raisins make also great additions. So as you see, anything goes. You can prepare the jars three days in advance, each with a different combination of flavors.
This way you’ll never miss breakfast and you can’t complain it’s always the same!