Slow Oats Recipe

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, I imagine a few people are looking for ways to recover from the binge family eating. I thought this would be a good time to share a clever breakfast that my wife discovered and we have been enjoying for weeks!

“Slow Oats” are like oatmeal, but instead of cooking the oats quickly with high heat or boiling water, the oats are “cooked” by soaking them overnight. This softens them and makes it a rather comforting consistency.

We also add A LOT of nuts into the oats to soak as well. Our latest mix includes pecans, pumpkin seeds, hemp hearts, and chia seeds.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I found out I have a lot of food sensitivities, so this current version avoids all of them. It’s gluten-free, dairy-free, and even vegan! We even switched out the almond milk we used to use for a coconut milk! And the cinnamon is added for flavour and anti-inflammatory purposes. All of these ingredients are available at Costco.

Bags of the ingredients for these Slow Oats


  • 1/3 cup Oats (we use Quaker Dry Quick Oats)
  • 1/2 cup Milk (we use coconut milk)
  • 1 oz Pumpkin seeds
  • 1 oz Pecans
  • 1 tbsp Hemp Hearts
  • 1 tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
Slow oats right after the milk has been added

The process is pretty simple: Start by pouring the oats into a bowl, or in my case, a coffee mug. Then add all the seeds and cinnamon. Add the milk last. Cover the mug and leave in the fridge overnight. In the morning, most of the milk will have been absorbed into the oats and nuts, softening them. I microwave my mug for about 50 seconds to make it feel a little more wholesome. Then mix. My wife adds honey to hers.

Mixed slow oats the morning after, about to be consumed.

The result is a thick mixture that is pretty quick to eat. The most important part is that it is VERY filling. I entered all the ingredients into myfitnesspal and came out with the following information:

Nutritional breakdown for my Slow Oats. Note, the ” Graines De Citrouilles Écalées Biologiques” means pumpkin seeds.

The 692 calories, 30g carbs, 52g fat, 23g protein. That’s A LOT in one mug. But, only 6 of those grams of fat are saturated. So you get 46 grams of polyunsaturated (or good) fats. That’s crazy-good. And I feel really satisfied and full until lunch. And, it doesn’t trigger any of my food sensitivities, so I feel pretty good eating it.

But, it’s NOT OATMEAL 😉