PostHeaderIcon Overnight Steel Cut Oats

I love breakfast foods! Since I’m not a morning person, I find it difficult to make anything more than a bowl of cold cereal for breakfast. I’m usually just too tired and too hungry to make anything more than that…..that was, until I discovered this recipe for overnight steel cut oats! You mix the ingredients for the oatmeal the night before, store it in the refrigerator overnight, toss it on the stove when you wake up, and you have a delicious breakfast with very little work. Definitely a win-win situation for me!

The recipe supposedly yields two servings, but I think it makes enough for at least 3 (maybe even 4) people. Steel cut oats are very filling so keep that in mind when serving this. This recipe is just the bare bones so feel free to add your favorite mix-ins. I added bananas and walnuts and it was delicious! I’m already thinking about what I want to add the next time I make this….maybe apples and cranberries. Mmmmmm.

Overnight Steel Cut Oats

Yields: 3

1 cup steel cut oats
1 3/4 cups fat free milk
2 tablespoons brown sugar
4 ounces all-natural applesauce
1 teaspoon cinnamon
a pinch of salt


In a nonmetal bowl combine oats, brown sugar, applesauce, cinnamon and salt. Stir in milk; cover and chill for 8 to 24 hours.

To serve, transfer oatmeal mixture to a medium saucepan. Heat just to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until oatmeal is done, adding additional milk if desired and stirring occasionally.

Remove from heat. Add your favorite mix-ins. Spoon into 3 (or 4) bowls. Serve with additional milk, if desired.

Source: The Novice Chef, originally from Good Life Eats


2 Responses to “Overnight Steel Cut Oats”

  • Nicole says:

    Melissa, I linked over from TheNest – just wanted to share that someday once your little one is eating breakfasts, this will likely be a big hit with him/her as well! I usually make a crockpot full of steel cut oats early in the week that she eats for breakfast a little at a time :) Thanks for sharing!

  • melissagoetsch says:

    I agree, I can’t wait to cook/bake for my little girl!

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