Recipe for Creamy Fermented Breakfast Oats by Kristen Coffield

Creamy Fermented Breakfast Oats

Fermenting oats is an easy way to to make them more nutritious, deliciously creamy and shorten the cooking time. The process of fermenting grains breaks down the proteins, fats and carbohydrates; making the nutrients more bioavailable, and creating a healthy, rich, flavorful breakfast porridge.
Course Breakfast
Keyword fermented foods, oats
Servings 4 Servings


  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 1 1/4 cups filtered water
  • 2 Tbsp. Plain kefir - kefir is a fermented dairy drink. This step is optional but speeds up the fermentation process.


  1. Place grains in a medium bowl and cover with water. If using kefir, mix into water before adding to oats.
  2. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and place at room temperature in a spot away from direct sunlight.
  3. Ferment overnight, but no more than 24 hours.
  4. Cook your fermented oats following the directions on the package, and adding a pinch of sea salt to the cooking water.
  5. Serve with toppings of your choice.

Recipe Notes

I make a batch of oatmeal and reheat it for an easy breakfast on busy mornings.