Overnight Steel Cut Oats are an excellent breakfast idea for busy mornings. This recipe is made with a base of quick cooking steel cut oats, chia seeds, and almond milk.
This is a great basic overnight steel cut oatmeal recipe that you can make your own with add-ins. Get inspired by our other flavors: peanut butter overnight oats, apple cinnamon overnight oats, and chocolate chia overnight oats.
Oatmeal fans, today we are taking overnight oats to the next level with a never-before-seen recipe on FFF –> Overnight Oats with Steel Cut Oats!
What are overnight steel cut oats?
Overnight steel cut oats are very similar to classic overnight oats, but have a little bit more of a bite to them and all the same benefits. They are made by soaking quick cooking steel cut oats in almond milk and other ingredients for a no-bake oatmeal recipe.
Can I use regular steel cut oats instead of quick cooking steel cut oats?
The burning question for overnight steel cut oats is: can I swap the quick cooking steel cut oats for normal steel cut oats and vice versa? The answer is YES, however, we 100% prefer quick cooking steel cut oats over normal steel cut oats because the texture is better.
Whole steel cut oats are much less processed than quick cooking, however, they do have a lot more of “a bite.”
Lots of people end up microwaving their overnight steel cut oats for a minute or two before placing in the refrigerator overnight to soak so that it has a creamier consistency.
Ratio for Overnight Steel Cut Oats
The process of making overnight steel cut oatmeal is so easy! It’s all about your liquid to oats to chia seed ratio in order to get the perfect texture.
- 1 cup quick cooking steel cut oats (Bob’s Red Mill makes a great product)
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
How to Thicken or Thin Your Oats
While we think the 1 cup to 1 tablespoon to 2 cups ratio of oats to chia seeds to almond milk is just perfect, here is how to thicken or thin your oats:
- Thicken: to thicken your oats before serving, you can add Greek yogurt or a little bit more oatmeal.
- Thin: the easiest way to thin your oats is by adding more liquid. We recommend adding it by the tablespoon.
For this recipe, if you are using traditional steel cut oats we recommend microwaving this recipe for one minute before soaking them in the refrigerator overnight.
Steel cut oats are a less processed form of oat groats where they are simply just sliced. Rolled oats, on the other hand, are a more processed form of oat groats where they are steamed and pressed so that the oats cook faster.
Classic overnight oats are the process of soaking rolled oats in a liquid overnight in order to soften them enough to digest without cooking.
Steel cut oats are necessarily better than all of the other oats, but they are less processed than quick cooking and rolled oats.
Steel Cut Overnight Oats Variations
Once you’ve got your base figured out, you can add other things such as maple syrup, ground cinnamon, and vanilla extract.
If you’d like a little more protein in your overnight steel cut oats, you can even add things such as Greek yogurt and/or protein powder! Here are some flavor ideas:
Lemon Cheesecake: add a few tablespoons of Greek yogurt and about 2 teaspoons of fresh lemon zest.
Peanut Butter Banana: mash about 1/2 a banana before adding the rest of the overnight steel cut oats ingredients and then add 2 tablespoons of peanut butter.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough: mix in 2 tablespoons of cashew butter and 1 tablespoon of mini chocolate chips. This tastes like dessert for breakfast.
Carrot Cake: grate about 2 tablespoons of carrot and add a pinch of nutmeg and ginger (there’s already cinnamon in the recipe). You can top it with vanilla Greek yogurt for “frosting.”
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We recommend storing your overnight steel cut oats in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This specific recipe should last you up to 5 days, so feel free to double or triple it if you are meal-prepping!
More Overnight Oats Recipes
- Classic Vegan Overnight Oats
- Lemon Cheesecake Overnight Oats
- Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats
- 8 Ways to Eat Overnight Oats
More Steel Cut Oats Recipes
Overnight Steel Cut Oats
- 1 cup quick cooking steel cut oats
- 2 cups plain, unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup option to sub honey
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch salt
- Place all ingredients into a large Pyrex or meal prep container. Mix well and cover.
- Place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight.
- Eat chilled topped with your favorite nut butter, berries, jam, or granola.
Tips & Notes
- Steel cut oats: option to use steel cut oats in place of quick cooking steel cut oats. We recommend microwaving this recipe for 1 minute before placing in the refrigerator overnight.
- Storage: store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
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I plugged this into MyFitnessPal and the calories for 1 cup of steel cut oats is upwards of 600 calories. Am I reading the recipe incorrectly if you are noting 241 calories per serving?
1/4 cup of steel cut oats has 150 calories. X 4 = 600.
Does this get as thick as regular overnight oats or should I reduce the liquid a little bit? I’m not a fan of runny oats and more like a pudding consistency
I’d say it’s just as thick! If you like it really thick I suggest adding a scoop of Greek yogurt. It’s dreamy and so good!
Is the measurement of oats for dry oats or for the yield of cooked oats?
Thank you so much for providing us a recipe for cut oats. Even today I was doing googling then subsequently I found your website on google. It means a lot to me. Now today I am going to make oats with the help of your recipe.
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Steel cut oats are the most nutritious as they contain the groats. They are what Scots and Irish eat.
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Thanks for the recipe! I noticed what may be a typo in your Q&A section: Where it says “Steel cut oats are necessarily better than all of the other oats,” shouldn’t it actually say “…are NOT necessarily better…”? Just one missing word, but it changes the meaning 100% 🙂
I absolutely love oats, and of course this recipe is one that I’ll use for many years to come. Thank you for it’s simplicity.
YAY!! Glad you loved this recipe! We’d love it if you rated this recipe 😀
This is genius! I love steel-cut oats but am always too impatient to make them, haha! Letting them do most of the “cooking” overnight is a great idea!
Right?! We love overnight oats!Let us know if you try the recipe!
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Is the serving size 1/2 cup, or half the mixture? Looks good and I want to try this, I love overnight oats!
Half the mixture!