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How to Make Overnight Steel Cut Oats

Steel cut oats are one of my favorite dishes to have for breakfast. They are delicious, nutritious, and filling. 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 of cooking time.

Overnight steel cut oats in two jars. Topped with blueberries.

Most people don’t have so much time in the morning for making breakfast. We all want something easy and healthy that we can just grab and go.

That’s why overnight oatmeal recipes have become so popular on the internet in the last couple of years. Anything that helps to make getting out the door in the morning less stressful is a winner.

But did you know that you can also make no-cooking steel cut oats overnight?

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 soak them in hot water first and then place them in the fridge overnight.

I usually make two 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.

5 Reasons to Make Overnight Steel Cut Oats:

  • Overnight steel cut oats are very easy to make. You don’t have to follow long recipes or learn complicated cooking techniques. Just put the ingredients together, mix them up a bit, and you are done;
  • It’s quick. It literally takes just a few minutes to prepare the oats, so you don’t have to spend a long time in the kitchen;
  • Overnight steel cut oats are portable. If you prefer to take your breakfast to work or school, overnight steel cut oats are perfect for you because you can make them in glass jars or containers and then just take them with you in the morning;
  • This recipe is very customizable. Once you know how to make the basic recipe, you can tailor it to your taste and dietary preference. For example, you can make them with different types of milk such as cow’s or your favorite non-dairy milk. You can also experiment with adding different toppings (see below for some topping ideas). You can also control how sweet you want them to be;
  • Overnight steel cut oats make a very healthy breakfast. Steel cut oats are full of important vitamins, minerals, fiber, protein, and even fat. Adding chia seeds and other healthy topping makes them a breakfast of champions.

Overnight steel cut oats in two jars. Topped with blueberries. A silver spoon is in one of the jars.

How to Make Overnight Steel Cut Oats:

***Please scroll down for the step-by-step pictures.***

Step 1.

Place the steel cut oats into a large bowl. You will need 1/4 cup of oats per portion.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 4.

Remove the cover and drain the oats.

Step 5.

Divide the soaked oats equally between jars or glass containers.

Step 6.

Add the chia seeds. About 1 tablespoon per portion.

Step 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.

Step 8.

Add your favorite toppings such as nuts and fruits before serving.

Collage with step by step instructions on how to make steel cut oats.

Overnight Steel Cut Oats Topping Ideas

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 create a new flavor every day.

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:

  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Blackberries
  • Raspberries
  • Peaches
  • Apples
  • Plums
  • Pineapple
  • Pomegranates
  • Oranges
  • Mango
  • Kiwi
  • etc.

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:

  • Almonds
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Shredded Coconut
  • Walnuts
  • Pecans
  • Cashews
  • Hazelnuts
  • Almond Butter
  • Cashew Butter
  • etc.

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 sweeter, I add a little bit of maple syrup, honey or coconut sugar.

Overnight steel cut oats in two jars.

If you like steel-cut oats, check out this Raspberry Steel Cut Oatmeal and these Savory Steel Cut Oats.

how to make overnight steel cut oats

How to Make Overnight Steel Cut Oats

Yield: 2 portions
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes

Easy step-by-step instructions on How to Make Overnight Steel Cut Oats. No cooking required. Just prepare it in the evening and then grab and go in the morning.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup steel cut oats
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup your favorite non-dairy or cow's milk

Toppings:

  • 1 cup of berries or cut up fruit
  • 2 Tbsp chopped nuts or 1 Tbsp nut butter

Instructions

  1. Place the steel cut oats into a large bowl.
  2. Carefully add boiling water to the bowl making sure that the oats are covered by at least 1 1/2 inches of water.
  3. Place a cover on the bowl and let the oats soak for at least one hour.
  4. Remove the cover and drain the oats.
  5. Divide the soaked oats equally between 2 jars or glass containers.
  6. Add 1 tablespoon of the chia seeds to each jar.
  7. Add your favorite non-dairy or cow’s milk 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.

Notes

1. Consume within 48 hours.

2. Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 serving of the base recipe made with almond milk without any toppings or sweeteners.

Nutrition Information
Yield 2 portions Serving Size 1/2 of recipe
Amount Per Serving Calories 184Total Fat 9.6gSaturated Fat 0.5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 9.1gCholesterol 0mgSodium 25.5mgCarbohydrates 19.9gFiber 6.5gSugar 0.7gProtein 6.5g

Nutrition facts provided on this website are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a qualified health care provider for personalized diet advice and make sure that each of the ingredients is allowed in your diet.

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Amber

Tuesday 31st of July 2018

Do you use one cup of nondairy milk per portion, or half a cup? Both are stated in the recipe.

Maria Ushakova

Tuesday 31st of July 2018

Hi Amber! The recipe calls for 1 cup of milk which makes two portions of the oats. I am not sure where it says half a cup?

Becky

Friday 15th of December 2017

Is there supposed to be a lot of liquid in the morning? I found that nothing really dissolved into the milk overnight

Maria Ushakova

Friday 15th of December 2017

Hi Becky! Yes, there should be some liquid left. These oats are not the same consistency as cooked steel cut oats. This is why I add chia seeds to make them more creamy. It also depends on the quality of the steel cut oats you are using. One reader commented on pinterest that she puts less milk because she doesn't like too much liquid in the oats, so maybe try that?

stellabl89

Monday 12th of June 2017

those jars are precious!

Peter

Wednesday 16th of March 2016

To cook steel cut oats use this easy method.

Boil 4 cups water in heavy steel casserole dish that has a tight fitting lid. Once boiling rapidly add 1 cup steel cut oats. Return to fast boil and boil for 2 minutes. Place the tight fitting lid on the pot and leave to sit overnight.

In the morning remove oats to glass dish. Microwave warm enough for breakfast and put rest in fridge for next couple of days.

Easy as and delicious hot or cold. I add 1/2 cup thread coconut at cooking stage just for taste. Delicious and so good for you.

jessica

Wednesday 2nd of March 2016

Do u eat it cold?

Maria Ushakova

Thursday 3rd of March 2016

Hi Jessica! I think it tastes great cold or warm. I prefer it cold in summer but warm it up a bit in the winter time.

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