Overnight steel cut oats are a hearty breakfast that is started the night before and ready to eat in the morning.
Top with your favorite fruit, nuts or other toppings to make this breakfast your own.
I am a breakfast eater everyday of the week. On the weekends I love to make a big breakfast including pancakes, waffles and and baked egg casseroles. Often I will bake muffins, scones or biscuits.
Weekdays, well that's another story. It's grab what you can and eat it quick. Overnight Steel Cut Oats are perfect for weekdays. This hearty oat recipe just requires a small amount of planning the night before. In the morning, it's ready!
Steel cut oats
Steel cut oats are also called Irish or Scottish Oats. The whole oat groat is chopped into coarse pieces, rather than rolled like in old fashioned oats.
Steel cut oats are high in protein, fiber, iron and other minerals. This grain is also gluten free making it a good choice for those with a gluten intolerance.
How to make overnight oats
- Measure 1 part oats to 3 parts water into a pot.
- Cover and bring to a boil.
- Turn off heat and stir.
- Allow oats to sit at room temperature overnight with lid on pot.
- In the morning, stir oats and reheat over low heat or place in a bowl and reheat in the microwave.
- If you keep a 1:3 ratio of oats to water, you can make any size batch you need.
How long do they last?
Place any leftover oats in a bowl and cover. Store in the refrigerator for up to one week.
Toppings for a bowl of steel cut oats
You can add any of your favorite oatmeal toppings to a bowl of steel cut oats. You can also eat them plain with just a splash of milk. Some of my favorites include:
- Brown sugar
- Maple syrup
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Overnight Steel Cut Oats
- 1 Cup steel cut oats
- 3 Cups water
- In a sauce pan add all ingredients.1 Cup steel cut oats, 3 Cups water
- Bring to a boil
- Turn off heat
- Put lid on top
- Let sit overnight
- In the morning, remove lid. Stir
- Turn heat on low and just warm oats. (individual servings can be warmed in a microwave too)
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This recipe was originally posted in February 2015. The post and pictures have been updated.
Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen says
One of my husband's favorites Kathy. Such a satisfying way to start the day.
Dawn - Girl Heart Food says
We love any kind of oat in our home, especially steel cut! These are so hearty and love that you can customize it with whatever toppings you wish! Great for meal prep too 🙂 Trying these next Sunday when I prep for the week!
David @ Spiced says
You won't believe this, Kathy! I just found 2 bags of steel cut oats in the back of my pantry. Then I sit down at my desk and see this recipe. Talk about timing! I love oats in all forms, and I'm thinking I should make a batch of this for breakfasts next week. (Laura is out of town, so I'm solo-Dad. I'll need all the extra time I can get I think!)
Carol Wriight says
Thanks Kathy. Prepared this a couple of days ago and since I'm the only one eating it, had enough for 3 "easy" meals. I had always prepared steel cut oats in a small crock pot before but this is even better.
So glad it worked for you, Carol! I love things you can cook once and then eat for several days.
Wow, this looks incredibly awesome. I could definitely do with it right now. I cn grab it right from the screen and gobble it up. lovely.
Cindy Fanning says
I love oatmeal and eat a lot of it. There is no excuse to not have breakfast with overnight oats 😀
You are right. If you make extras they make great left overs for a couple of days too!
LL Farm says
Breakfast foods are great...we love to eat breakfast for supper sometimes! I eat a lot of oats for breakfast (out of the box), I have never had overnight oats. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks. The only difficulty with this is remembering to start it the night before!
Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says
I love overnight oats! I've never tried the steel cut. I'll have to try that!
Thanks! They are truly delicious! Hope you give them a try!
Such an easy recipe!
Thanks Suzi! I learned this from you when I was out visiting for the marathon....perfect fuel for the run!