Earlier this week, I shared a post on how to soak your oats for optimal nutrition and digestion.

Essentially, we soak our oats to increase the nutritional content and support our body’s ability to digest the oats because by soaking oats, we are activating an enzyme known as phytase, which breaks down the anti-nutrient, phytate, allowing certain nutrients to be released and become more bioavailable to the body.

Although there are very clear health benefits to soaking oats and I will continue to soak my oats for that reason, I couldn’t help but notice that when I soaked my oats overnight, there was just a little pile of mush waiting there for me to eat the next morning.

I followed the steps I outline in my post for the soaking of the oats, and, although nutritionally optimal and easier to digest, I was unimpressed by the little pile of mush that was a result of the soaking.

You see, back in university (when I didn’t soak my oats), I remember enjoying big, voluminous bowls of oatmeal for breakfast.

So, I thought to myself, “How can I make fluffy oatmeal again while also getting the benefits of soaking my oats?”

Well, friends…

I figured it out (and it’s actually a very easy process!)

How To Make Fluffy Soaked Oatmeal

Step 1: 24 hours prior to eating, place 50 – 60 grams raw oats in a small pot

Step 2: Pour 2 cups filtered water into the same pot along with one teaspoon lemon juice or apple cider vinegar (you can also use a combination of water and a nut milk of your choice. For an example, one cup water and one cup almond milk)

Step 3: Turn on heat, stir, and wait for the water to come to a boil.

Step 4: Once the water comes to a bowl, give the oats another stir, remove from heat, and cover.

Step 5: Leave the oats covered on the stove or countertop for 24 hours.

Step 6: After 24 hours of soaking or whenever you’re ready to eat, remove the lid and you’ll see that your oats are incredibly fluffy and voluminous!

Step 7: Eat as is or gently heat again on the stove or in the microwave in a microwave safe bowl. You can also add more liquid to reach your desired consistency, if necessary. I personally love the ratio of 60 grams oats to 2 cups of liquid. Once heated, or if you are going to eat them cool, top with your favourite toppings! Next week, I’ll be sharing my favourite way to serve my oats! If you prefer savoury over sweet, you’ll love the recipe I am about to share!