This is a story of a little girl who didn’t want to eat her oat porridge. She was told she would only become beautiful if she ate her porridge. After 15 years of not eating oat porridge, she did indeed become pretty. After 50 years she still didn’t eat oat porridge, that is until 3 days ago.

What happened was for the first time she tasted overnight oats. It’s not a new thing, it has been around for perhaps 200 years or more. Yet, people seem to have forgotten how to do it. Yes, I’m talking about myself and OK maybe I didn’t become that pretty.

I wanted to know more about the process of the oats when you soak them. I remember from my cookery classes about minimizing phytates. I also remember about food poising if you leave out food in room temperature. Google is my best friend, yet, not in this case, it is hardly mentioned or I didn’t look the right place. What to do? find something better than Google. My mother, she knows everything and remembers everything. Here’s what she had to say:

1. Oats are low in the enzyme phytase, thus you must soak in lukewarm water. The water should be 110°F / 45°F, do not use the warm water from the tap. Use the cold water and heat it up. Tap water contains, in some parts of the world, chemicals and metals that are unhealthy for humans.

2. You must leave the oats at room temperature min. 12 hours up to 24 hours.

3. When you add apple cider vinegar, not apple vinegar, a process of forming probiotics starts.

The recipe I came up is no cooking – and it’s delicious 🙂

The evening before in a bowl or glass jar add for 2 persons:

  • 1 cup of oat, you can use instant oat too
  • 1 cup of water, see above for temperature
  • 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar

The next morning you add 1 cup of vegan milk or yoghurt of your choice, you can also add water if you prefer.

Ready to eat – no cooking – enjoy!


At start: you can add dried fruit and nuts.

Just before serving: you can add cinnamon or vanilla and fresh fruit.

Why it’s healthy to soak your oats
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