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Make Overnight Oats Shorter Or Longer For Different Benefits!

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❝How long do I have to soak oats for to get the benefits of “overnight oats”?❞

The primary benefit of overnight oats (over cooked oats) is that they are soft enough to eat without having been cooked (as cooking increases their glycemic index).

So, if it’s soft, it’s good to eat 😋 A few hours should be sufficient.

Bonus information

If, by the way, you happen to leave oats and milk (be it animal or plant milk) sealed in a jar at room temperature for a 2–3 days (less if your “room temperature” is warmer than average), it will start to ferment.

  • Good news: fermentation can bring extra health benefits!
  • Bad news: you’re on your own if something pathogenic is present

For more on this, you might like to read:

Fermenting Everything: How to Make Your Own Cultured Butter, Fermented Fish, Perfect Kimchi, and Beyond


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