January 7, 2014

Overnight Steel Cut Oats

It’s SO COLD in PA this winter.  We turn our heat down at night and it’s always cold downstairs in the morning.  Cold cereal just doesn’t cut it on these cold winter mornings!  But when I have a pot of overnight steel cut oats ready for me, I feel ready to start the day!

overnight steel cut oats.

I may or may not eat this every day for breakfast.  I’m not exaggerating.  When I tell people that I love steel cut oats, they all comment that they take so long to make.  And YES, they do!  No one wants to wait 45 minutes for breakfast in the morning!  Make these ahead before you go to bed at night (it’s simple, I promise!) and you’ll be thankful you did the next morning!

This is a combination of my two favorite recipes for steel cut oats (the “regular way” and another version of overnight oats), plus a few modifications of my own. 

overnight steel cut oats

It just takes about 5 minutes to make at night, and you can reheat it on the stove with a splash of milk (I use almond milk, but you don’t have to!)  It can be refrigerated and reheated every morning.  This batch lasts me a whole week – so it can be easily halved if you don’t want to make that much.


Overnight Steel Cut Oats
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  1. 2 cups steel cut oats (uncooked)
  2. 5 cups water
  3. 1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  4. 2 tablespoons coconut oil (or other oil of your choice)
  5. 1-2 cups of milk
  1. Melt coconut oil in a large saucepan.
  2. Add steel cut oats - constantly stir for about 2 minutes until slightly toasted.
  3. Add water - bring to a rolling boil.
  4. Add cinnamon (optional).
  5. Remove from heat - cover with a tight fitting lid. Let it sit overnight.
  6. In the morning, uncover, put over medium heat and stir with 1-2 cups of milk until it's your desired consistency.
  7. Top with brown sugar, walnuts, more cinnamon, etc.
  1. Add bananas, apples or blueberries on top if you have them!
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  1. During our trip to Scotland, I had the ‘overnight’ oats every time they were offered. SO good!

  2. I’ve heard of overnight oats, but I never made them! I think I’m going to have to try this. I’ve been searching for a nutritious breakfast food that doesn’t take a lot of time to prepare.

  3. Getting excited about reading more. Great blog post.Really looking forward to read more. Great.

  4. This looks SO yummy! I need to get some steel cut oats…it is really hard for me to find the time to make a healthy breakfast in the morning, so starting something at night (to be ready in the morning) sounds perfect!

  5. Steel cut oats are my breakfast go to, as well! I make them differently but still a quick easy go to =) I was wondering if you had any ideas for a quick easy go-to lunch? It’s so hard for me to make a big lunch, I nanny so I don’t really even get time to eat a full lunch everyday haha so a quick & easy go to lunch, kinda how the oats is easy for breakfast, is what I’m hoping to find. Thanks!

  6. Tammy Westenbarger says:

    I was wondering– do you re-heat the whole pot from the night before, or just scoop out as much as you need for that morning? My husband loves steel cut oats but never has time to make them for himself (I leave for work at 6:45 and he leaves at 8:30) I thought I’d prepare these the night before for him, but I need to give him specific instructions or he won’t bother. (LOL)

  7. Sounds delicious! I’ve have steel cut oats for awhile and haven’t know what to do with them. Going to try this. My question though is, do you put them in the refrigerator overnight or just leave them out?


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