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This is a "base" recipe that, once perfected, you can dress up with any flavor you can dream of!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Soak12 hrs
Total Time15 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: basic soaked oatmeal, easiest soaked oatmeal, easiest soaked oatmeal recipe
Servings: 12 servings
Author: Renee - www.raisinggenerationnourished.com


  • 6 cups oats NOT quick oats. If you are gluten free be sure to get a brand that labels GF – like Bob’s Red Mill GF Oats
  • Juice of 1 lemon for soaking
  • Filtered water to cover oats plus another few cups for cooking


  • The night before you want to cook the oatmeal, combine the oats and lemon juice in a mixing bowl with enough water to cover the oats.
  • Set under the light in your oven or warm spot in your kitchen over night. This soaking breaks down the phytic acid in the grain helping it digest better.
  • The next morning pour the oat mixture into a large pot and add a few cups of water to cover the oats.
  • Bring the oats to a bubble and simmer for about 5 minutes. If you want thicker oatmeal you can simmer longer.
  • At this point you can either add your favorite mix-ins or store plain in the fridge up to a week.