Making overnight steel cut oats is a quick and easy way of making a delicious and filling vegan breakfast. Made with steel cut oats, nut milk, salt, and water. It just requires 5 minutes of your time right before you go to sleep and another 5 minutes in the morning.
A few months ago, I made the effort to find ways new ways to make my mornings more efficient. After all, “your morning starts the night before” so taking a few minutes every night to set myself up for success the next day became a priority. That’s when I started experimenting with overnight steel cut oats. I’m happy to report that taking 5 minutes every night to prep my breakfast has helped make a positive difference in my mornings.
Overnight Steel Cut Oats
These overnight steel cut oats are filling, creamy, chewy, and so delicious. Make a large batch and have breakfast ready to go for the entire week (hello, easy meal prep!). They are so easy to make have a delicious texture, perfect for breakfast or even as a filling snack.
Steel Cut Oats vs Rolled Oats
So what’s the difference between steel cut oats and rolled oats? Great question! The primary difference between rolled oats and steel cut oats lies in the amount of processing.
Steel cut oats, also called pinhead oats, are groats of whole oats that have been cut into a few pieces. Therefore, steel cut oats are the least processed and maintain the best texture when cooked. However, they also take the longest amount of time to cook, but with a little prep the night before, you can easily mitigate this!
Rolled or old-fashioned oats are made by steaming and pressing flat. If you are in a hurry and need breakfast in a few minutes (and didn’t do any prep the night before), rolled oats are always a great option. Click here for the recipe that uses rolled oats instead!
How to Make Overnight Steel Cut Oats
Making overnight steel cut oats requires the least amount of time and leads to delicious results. All you need are a few ingredients, including:
- Steel cut oats – you can either purchase these packaged or find them in the bulk store.
- Almond milk – since we’re making a vegan version, use store-bought or homemade almond milk.
You can also use additional toppings and ingredients to add flavor, including ground cinnamon, fresh berries, nut butter, hemp seeds, or chia seeds.
Tips for Making Overnight Steel Cut Oats
You can do so much with these basic overnight steel cut oats to boost the nutrition level, flavor, and more. Here are some of my favorite tips:
- Use high-quality overnight steel cut oats. If your oats have been sitting for over a year, it might be best to compost them.
- Add ingredients like cinnamon, chia seeds, hemp seeds, and nut butter to boost the nutrient level in these oats. Be sure to add them in the morning when you’re ready to enjoy the oats.
- Naturally sweeten the oats with chopped dates, maple syrup, or any other sweetener of choice.
- Adding nut milk will make your oats creamy, but you can also stick to water if you don’t have nut milk on hand (although almond milk is so easy to make!)
Storing Leftovers & Reheating
If you have leftovers, let them cool down and place them in an air-tight glass container for up to 4-5 days. When you’re ready to enjoy them, simply reheat the oatmeal on the stove top for a quick and easy breakfast. If the oats appear too thick, Just add a little water or milk and stir.
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- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 2 cups water
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- pinch of salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup fresh berries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries
- 1 tablespoon nut butter
- 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- In a small pot, bring water to a boil the night before. As soon as the water comes to a boil, add the oats, salt, and stir.
- Immediately turn off the heat and cover the pot. Let it sit overnight.
- In the morning, mix the oats and warm on medium-low heat for 5 minutes.
- Add milk and any other ingredients you’d like to. Serve and enjoy.