Steel cut oats are one of my favorite dishes to have for breakfast. They are delicious, nutritious and low GI. Unfortunately, they take a long time to cook. If you decide to make a fresh bowl of steel cut oats in the morning, you are looking at about 20 to 30 minutes cooking time.
Most people don’t have so much time in the morning for preparing breakfast. We all want something easy that we can just grab and go. That’s why overnight oatmeal recipes became so popular on the internet in the last couple of years.
But did you know that you can also make overnight steel cut oats?
Steel cut oats are very hard so you can’t really just soak them overnight the way you would do with rolled oats. They just don’t soften enough. So I decided to soak the steel cut oats in hot water before placing them in the fridge overnight.
I usually make 2 jars of overnight steel cut oats in the evening so that I can have it the next morning as well as the morning after. This way, I don’t keep them in the fridge for more than 48 hours.
How to Make Overnight Steel Cut Oats
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1. Place the steel cut oats into a large bowl. You will need 1/4 cup of oats per portion.
2. Carefully add boiling water to the bowl. The oats will swell quite a bit so make sure that the oats are covered by at least 1 1/2 inches of water. The more portions you are making, the more water you will need.
3. To keep the water warm longer place a cover on the bowl. I just use a small plate because it fits perfectly over my bowl. Let the oats soak for at least one hour.
4. Remove the cover and drain the oats.
5. Divide the soaked oats equally between jars or glass containers.
6. Add the chia seeds. About 1 tablespoon per portion.
7. Add your favorite non-dairy or cow’s milk, about 1 cup per portion, and mix to combine. Cover with a tight lid and place in the fridge overnight.
8. Add your favorite toppings such as nuts and fruits before serving.
Toppings add flavor and nutrition to the overnight steel cut oats. Choose your favorite toppings or experiment with new ones. There are so many combinations that you could build a new flavor every day.
Overnight Steel Cut Oats Topping Ideas
Topping # 1 – Berries and Fruits:
I usually add about 1/2 cup berries or cut up fruits. Here are some of my favorite fruits and berries to add to my overnight steel cut oats:
Topping # 2 – Nuts, Seeds, and Nut Butters:
Don’t forget to add some nuts or nut butter. I usually add about 2 tablespoons of chopped nuts or 1 tablespoon of nut butter:
- Sunflower Seeds
- Shredded Coconut
- Almond Butter
- Cashew Butter
Topping # 3 – Sweetener (optional)
I don’t usually use any additional sweetener in my morning oatmeal because I find that with fruits and berries it tastes sweet enough. If I want it to taste more sweet, I add a little bit of maple syrup, honey or coconut sugar.
- 1/2 cup steel cut oats
- 2 Tbsp chia seeds
- 1 cup your favorite non-dairy or cow's milk
- 1 cup of berries or cut up fruit
- 2 Tbsp chopped nuts or 1 Tbsp nut butter
- Place the steel cut oats into a large bowl.
- Carefully add boiling water to the bowl making sure that the oats are covered by at least 1 1/2 inches of water.
- Place a cover on the bowl and let the oats soak for at least one hour.
- Remove the cover and drain the oats.
- Divide the soaked oats equally between 2 jars or glass containers.
- Add 1 tablespoon of the chia seeds to each jar.
- Add your favorite non-dairy or cow’s milk and mix to combine. Cover with a tight lid and place in the fridge overnight.
- Add your favorite toppings such as nuts and fruits before serving.
2. Consume within 48 hours.