Oats are my quick, easy and healthy “go to” option for breakfast. I especially love the many healthy overnight oat recipe ideas. But, sometimes I wake up in the morning to realize, I’m not in the mood for cold oats. Well, Pan Fried Overnight Oats Recipe to the rescue! I simply take my soaked overnight oats and cook them up in a pan. You won’t be able to resist these Pan Fried Oats, drizzled with maple syrup and a handful of blueberries – they are so yummy!
WHAT ARE OATS HEALTHY FOR BREAKFAST?
I’m a firm believer in starting each day off with a healthy breakfast. Oats are amongst my top choices for numerous reasons:
- Oats are a gluten-free whole grain packed with a great source of important vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants.
- Oats are nutrient dense – high in protein and low in calories.
- Oats contain both soluble and insoluble fiber helping to lower cholesterol and improve intestinal health and move things along (if you know what I mean!!).
- Oats keep you feeling full longer, and therefore help control your weight.
- Oats are an easy staple to keep in your pantry, so they are always readily available.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF OATS?
There are 4 different forms of Oats: Groats, Steel-cut, Rolled and Instant. Oats in their raw form are not digestible and need to go through a milling process before we can consume them.
- Oat groats are minimally processed grains, with the hull removed, to make it more digestible. The bran and germ are retained which are very nutritious. The downside – cooking time for groats is 2X longer than that of rolled oats. (Cook time 45 min)
- Steel-cut oats are simply the cut-up version of oat groats. After de-hulling, the oat groats are coarsely chopped up by a steel metal blade. The texture and nutritional values of steel–cut oats are fairly similar to oat groats. (Cook time 20 – 30 min)
- Rolled oats are shaped like flat ovals and are the more processed version of the steel-cut oats or groat oats. After harvesting and de-hulling, the oats are flattened by rotating roller machines. The thickness of the rolled oats varies for different types oats. Old-fashioned rolled oats are slightly thicker than quick-cooking oats. Therefore, the thicker oats will require an increased cooking time and have a different texture. (Cook time 5 min)
- Instant Oats are pre-cooked, dried and rolled. The thickness of these oats is much thinner than the rolled oats. This shortens the cooking time by a lot and make them the most popular. (Soak time 1 – 2 min)
For Pan Fried Overnight Oats, I used Rolled Oats because I prefer the texture of the oats after being soaked overnight. Steel-cut oats are popular with many overnight oat recipes and work well also. Just use less of the plant-based milk in the recipe so the patties can hold together in the pan.Print
Pan Fried Oats are made with soaked overnight oats that are then fried in a pan. They are done within minutes.
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup almond milk, or alternative non dairy milk
¼ teaspoon salt (or less)
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon vegan butter
½ cup maple syrup
1 cup fresh blueberries
- *Mix rolled oats, almond milk, salt and cinnamon in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- Remove from the refrigerator in the morning. On med low heat, melt vegan butter in a pan. Using a large ice cream scooper, add oats to the pan (1 scoop per patty) and flatten down with the back of the scooper.
- When golden brown, flip over with a spatula.
- Top with cinnamon, berries and maple syrup. Serve warm.
*Must prepare oats the night before.
If you forget though, cook oats with less liquid than normal and then fry.
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