Overnight Oats and Homemade Raisins


  The summer is hot in Southern California and a healthy cold treat in the morning is a refreshing way to start the day. This recipe is basi...


The summer is hot in Southern California and a healthy cold treat in the morning is a refreshing way to start the day.

This recipe is basically your favorite hot porridge oatmeal but not cooked. Same portions of liquid to oats, 2 to 1. I prefer oat milk for my liquid, but anything you would add to a cup of coffee would work. I use old fashioned oats. My fruit varies, but for this post I used a banana, California dates, and my homemade raisins. How much fruit? There is only one rule: Whatever makes you happy!

Overnight Oats

  • 1 cup of oatmilk
  • 1/2 cup of old fashioned oats
  • a pinch or two of salt
  • fruit

Refrigerate the ingredients in a container with a lid. This is important in case you later in the evening reach into the refrigerator for a beer and tip over the container.

The next morning you have a perfect serving of oatmeal. No need for a sweetener. 

When Linda and I were working the recent primary election, we had to leave the house by 5:15 AM to pick up our gear at the register of voters. We then drove an hour out into the desert, in time to open our office by 7:00 AM. Usually with enough time to enjoy our breakfast oats after our arrival.

After the election (and our jobs) was over, I decided to make the overnight oats into a smoothy. This solved a problem my Scottish grandmother would have appreciated, "ay laddie, ther's many a slip between the cup and the lip." No matter how carefully I was eating my cold oats, I was often splashing the ingredients on to the table, my laptop, or down my shirt.

Now I just throw the overnight oats into the blender:

And enjoy my breakfast in a glass.

It tastes like a date shake!



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At Home and Away: Overnight Oats and Homemade Raisins
Overnight Oats and Homemade Raisins
At Home and Away
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