How to Prepare Oatmeal Overnight

This recipe will produce the creamiest bowl of oatmeal you have ever tried. No milk required. And it will only take you 5 minutes to make in the morning.

The secret is soaking the oats overnight.

Besides the nutritional reasons for soaking grains (which are controversial) there are two good reasons to soak oats overnight.

  1. They cook up quicker.
  2. It makes them super creamy!

Here’s how to do it…

Overnight Oatmeal

*Use organic ingredients whenever possible.
Course Breakfast, Main Dish
Cuisine Dairy free, Gluten free
Servings 2 servings


Day 1

  • 1 Cup Rolled oats *optional - choose gluten free
  • 1 Cup Water warm, filtered
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon juice

Day 2

  • 1 Cup Water filtered
  • 1 Pinch Sea salt

Optional garnishes:

  • Cinnamon
  • Berries
  • Nuts
  • Raw honey
  • Seeds


  1. Place the oats, warm filtered water and lemon juice in a glass jar on the counter and let sit overnight.
  2. The next day, drain off the liquid, rinse the oats and place them in a small pot with a pinch of sea salt and a cup of filtered water.
  3. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook about 5 minutes, stirring often.
  4. The oatmeal is ready when most of the water has been absorbed and it is thick and creamy.
  5. Take off the heat and stir in any garnishes you desire.

Recipe Notes

I like to use Bob's Red Mill Organic Rolled Oats for this. Like this recipe? If you do please share it with your friends!