Overnight Steel Cut Oats Recipe

There are two kinds of meals when it comes to breakfast: a traditional breakfast and a breakfast that is fit for champions. If you are looking for the latter option, we have the perfect recipe to jump-start your morning. These overnight steel cut oats are incredibly delicious and nutritious, and you can feel good about what you are putting in your body.

Recipe developer Hayley MacLean came up with this simple and tasty dish that hits the spot in more ways than one. "What I love about this recipe is how easy it is to put together, and its light, sweet flavor is the perfect background for the fresh berries! The steel cut oats also retain some of their bite, which gives a great chewy texture as compared to rolled oats," MacLean raves.

Another great part? It's healthy! "This whole recipe is so full of fiber and many important vitamins and minerals! The steel cut oats especially are high in manganese and phosphorus, and the chia seeds are an amazing source of omega-3 fatty acids," MacLean explains. "Eating a serving of these steel cut overnight oats for breakfast a few times a week can help improve heart and digestive health and may support weight loss!" Keep reading to find out how to make this yummy breakfast. 

Gather the ingredients for overnight steel cut oats

Now that you know you'd like to make this dish, the first thing you will need to do is head to the grocery store. Before you go, check your pantry and fridge for items that you may have at home already. Luckily, this recipe is pretty simple, and you will only need a handful of items. Start with a cup of steel cut oats, followed by some almond milk. In addition, be sure to grab some vanilla extract and honey. Next, you will need some chia seeds and mixed berries for garnish. 

That's it! See? We told you it was easy!

Mix the oats, milk, vanilla extract, honey, and chia seeds

Now that you have all of your ingredients in front of you, take out a large mixing bowl, and start combining. First, toss in the steel cut oats, followed by the almond milk and vanilla extract. At this time, you will also need to add some honey and chia seeds. "When mixing all the ingredients together, a spoon or spatula will work best," MacLean shares. "Make sure to break up any globs of chia seeds that like to stick together, so they get fully dispersed throughout the oats!"

Divide the mixture, and cover it

Once you finish mixing, cover the bowl, or get four airtight containers. Be sure to evenly divide the mixture into four equal portions. "When dividing this into individual portions, I love using mason jars as they are easy to grab on-the-go — plus, they look so pretty! However, any airtight containers will do, glass or plastic," MacLean shares. "I mixed everything in a large glass bowl and let that sit overnight before dividing it. However, this recipe can be divided into quarters in order to make the overnight oats directly in the jars, if that's preferred!"

Let the mixture chill overnight

Once you have the mixture covered or divided, place it in the fridge, and let it do it's thing. Set your timer, and allow it to sit for 10 to 12 hours at a minimum. If time allows, let the mixture sit in the fridge overnight. "This recipe is refrigerated to allow time for the oats to soak up the almond milk and get soft," MacLean shares. "It also allows the chia seeds to gel, making them great for your gut and increasing satiety!" The more time that you allow it to sit, the better.

Serve, and enjoy

Once you take the mixture out of the fridge, stir the oats, and portion the desired amount in a bowl. This is great by itself, but it would also be wonderful with some mixed berries on top. 

"These overnight oats can be kept in their containers in the fridge for up to five days — just make sure they are airtight," MacLean says. "When dividing into individual containers, I like to place the berries on top, so it is all ready to go for a quick and healthy breakfast!" We hope this one hits the spot.

Overnight Steel Cut Oats Recipe
5 from 54 ratings
These overnight steel cut oats are incredibly delicious and nutritious, and you can feel good about what you are putting in your body.
Prep Time
Cook Time
oats in a bowl
Total time: 10 minutes
  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 teaspoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
Optional Ingredients
  • mixed berries, for serving
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the steel cut oats, almond milk, vanilla extract, honey, and chia seeds.
  2. Cover the mixing bowl, or divide the mixture evenly between 4 airtight containers.
  3. Place in the refrigerator for at least 10 to 12 hours, preferably overnight.
  4. When ready to serve, stir the oats, and portion the desired amount into a bowl.
  5. Top with mixed berries for serving.
Calories per Serving 131
Total Fat 3.6 g
Saturated Fat 0.7 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 22.2 g
Dietary Fiber 3.6 g
Total Sugars 6.2 g
Sodium 86.7 mg
Protein 4.0 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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