Overnight groats porridge can be prepared the day before and served as a breakfast the next day morning. It’s actually a make-ahead breakfast option that is going to save you a lot of prep and cooking time.

It’s like your breakfast is already done for you when you wake up in the morning – Almost as good as having breakfast in bed…almost. 

Overnight oats have long held the make-ahead breakfast option but I’m sure most of you haven’t heard of overnight groats? Fear not, you’re not alone, took me some digging around to come across this concept.  

Groats (buckwheat kernels) are very similar to steel-cut oats, have the same similarities, and can be cooked the same way. So if you can make overnight oats then why not groats? It’s a perfect substitute for oats that you can try once in a while to have a different flavor and different texture in your regular breakfast porridge.  These can be enjoyed raw, can be added to your soup, cook it and add to your salads to get that extra protein. 

There are two ways you can make this recipe. One, just like you make overnight Oat, you can add washed buckwheat kernels into a jar, add milk, fruits, or any flavor of your choice and refrigerate and have it in the morning or you can soak the buckwheat kernels for a few hours and drain the water and cook it for 05 -07 minutes with milk and your choice of flavor. I personally prefer the second way as I get to enjoy a warm breakfast in the morning also soaking buckwheat kernels for a few hours spread up the cooking process, 

Let’s jump to the recipe, shall we?


  • 1/2 cup of buckwheat kernels
  • 01 cup of milk – coconut milk or any plant-based milk
  • 01 tsp of honey or liquid sweetener
  • 01 tsp of sarsaparilla powder
  • 01 pod of cardamom – crushed
  • Small piece of star anise
  • 01 tsp of cinnamon powder
  • Toppings
    • Strawberries
    • Dried nuts and seeds
    • Mint leaves for garnish
    • Honey or maple syrup


  • First, you need to soak groats overnight. Just add your washed and drained groats to a jar or a bowl, add water to cover the groats – at least 01 inch and leave it for 04-05 hours. You would see the groats expanded from their original size and have become softer to the touch. 
  • Drain the water and add the groats to a cooking pot.
  • Add milk of your choice, add seasoning and cook for about 05-07 minutes till the groats absorb all the flavors.
  • Put the cooked groats into a breakfast bowl and leave for a few mins to cool down.
  • Top it with your favorite toppings, I’ve used some strawberries and dried nuts and seeds and drizzled some syrup.
  • That’s it! Breakfast is ready, enjoy your flavor busting, protein, and vitamin-packed breakfast porridge.

Please let me know how this recipe turns out for you in the comments! You can also share your results with me on Instagram with the hashtag #thefoodsnapsrecipes. 

Can’t wait to see your re-creation

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