No Cook Oatmeal

I stumbled upon a recipe for oatmeal in the Sunday newspaper. It was called Overnight Oatmeal and required no cooking.

Let me write that again. The recipe did not require cooking.

It also only had 3 ingredients. Three.

And all the ingredients needed to be added in the same amount. 1/3 of a cup.

To sum it all up, this recipe has 3 ingredients, measuring in at 1/3 of a cup (or 80 mL since two of the three ingredients are liquids) and no cooking.


  • 1/3 cup regular or thick-cut oats
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/3 cup milk (dairy, coconut, soy or almond) or kefir

I used my steel cut oats, skim milk and plain yogurt. I did have to run to the store to buy the plain yogurt. It only came in a large container, which I wasn’t happy about, but I figured for my first attempt at making this no cook oatmeal I should follow the list of ingredients as closely as possible. After all, there were only 3 ingredients!

1/3 cup steel cut oats

steel cut oats in measuring cup

steel cut oats measuring cup

1/3 cup plain yogurt

plain yogurt in measuring cup

1/3 cup milk

skim milk in measuring cup

skim milk in meauring cup

I put all three ingredients into a glass, stirred and set it in the refrigerator for 12 hours. In reality, it was closer to 18 hours.

no cook oatmeal 3 ingredients
A glass filled with all three ingredients, pre-stirring.

The glass got its own shelf because certain members of the household were concerned that it might explode all over the contents of our refrigerator. Given my past attempts at cooking oatmeal I was in no position to argue.

How Did It Taste? Worse than before.

It was creamier in texture (which was nice) than my first attempt, but no amount of dried fruit could cover the slightly sour taste of plain yogurt.

So I modified the recipe…or you might say I substituted blueberry yogurt (which I know I like) for the plain yogurt ingredient. And started the experiment again…

1/3 cup blueberry yogurt

blueberry yogurt

Then everything went into a new glass and into the refrigerator overnight.

blueberry no cook oatmeal overnight
Here is my no cook oatmeal using blueberry yogurt, pre-stirring.

No Cook Oatmeal with Blueberry Yogurt is…Same, Same

I’m not going to tell you this is the most amazing dish I’ve ever prepared. It’s edible and the blueberry yogurt helped pull it all together. The texture is a bit chewy, which I actually prefer to the cooked version.

Bottom line: This is one no cook oatmeal recipe that is too easy not to follow and repeat on a consistent basis.

Now I need to find a recipe that requires a lot of plain yogurt…

Here is the original recipe and directions. Enjoy!