Overnight Steel Cut Oats are an excellent healthy breakfast idea for busy mornings. This super simple overnight oats 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 from 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!
Think of our classic overnight oats, but with a little bit more of a bite to it and all the same benefits! This recipe actually uses quick cooking steel cut oats as we found using actual steel cut oats is too hard on the tummy!
How to Make 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.
Here’s what you need for the base:
- 1 cup quick cooking steel cut oats (Bob’s Red Mill makes a great product)
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
This recipe takes about 5 minutes to prepare but has a soaking time of at least 2 hours, so just be prepared. All you have to do is mix everything together in a glass container and let her soak! We like using a 4-cup Pyrex measuring cup.
Can I use normal 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 a little bit 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.
Overnight Steel Cut Oats Q&A
Can you eat steel cut oats without cooking them? 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.
What is the difference between steel cut oats and rolled oats? 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.
Can you soak rolled oats overnight? Classic overnight oats are the process of soaking rolled oats in a liquid overnight in order to soften them enough to digest without cooking.
Can you use steel cut oats for overnight oats? Steel cut oats can be used for overnight oats. We recommend using quick-cooking steel cut oats with a 1 to 2 ratio of oats to liquid. From there we suggest soaking your steel cut oats overnight or for at least 2 hours.
What type of oats are best for overnight oats? Overnight oats work with a variety of forms of oatmeal including quick cooking oats, rolled oats, quick cooking steel cut oats, and normal steel cut oats!
It all depends on how creamy you like your oats. Quick cooking oats will get you the creamiest and then steel cut oats will give you more of a bite.
Are steel cut oats better? Steel cut oats are necessarily better than all of the other oats, but they are less processed than quick cooking and rolled oats.
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.
PB 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.”
Can I double this recipe?
This is an excellent base recipe to double to triple if you want more servings. It serves two, but can easily serve a crowd with some math 😀
How long do overnight oats last in the fridge?
Depending on what kind of fresh ingredients are in your overnight oats, they should last you up to 5 days in the refrigerator.
Overnight Oats Storage
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
- 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.