Overnight Oats Recipe

Mmm.. breakfast. I spent the first 19 years of my life eating cold cereal and milk for breakfast every day and I have spent the subsequent days trying to avoid it. Now, before I had kids (and a mortgage, and a car, and umm.. yeah) I used to just grab breakfast on the go on my way to work. With finances a little tight and time even tighter, most mornings picking something on my way to work is out of the question. And I don’t know about you, but by the time I’m up and ready, the kids are ready, we drop everyone off everywhere and I get to work – I’ve already been up for 2 and a half hours and I’m STARVING. Overnight-Oats-recipe

While reading through some of my favorite blogs, I came across a recipe for overnight steel-cut oats on more than one occasion (here, here, here, and here). I gave it a try a few weeks back and seem to have fallen in love just the same as everyone else. So, now it’s time to share with you guys.

According to Wikipedia, steel-cut oats are whole grain groats that have been cut into pieces. I’d heard that they were better for me than rolled oats and so I did a little research (I mean seriously little). The few sites that I found (here and here) claim no nutritional difference between the two. I happen to think that they’re more filling than the rolled oats I’ve eaten but I suppose it could be my imagination.

Overnight-Oats-recipeOvernight Oats
(modified from The Kitchn)
Makes 4 servings

1 cup steel-cut oats
3 – 4 cups water
3-fingered pinch salt
1 cup milk (optional)
1/2 cap-full of vanilla
2 tsp of ground cinnamon
various toppings or add-ins (mine are dried cranberries, chopped walnuts, and a drizzle of honey)

Start this the night before you want to eat the oatmeal. Measure out your oats and 3 cups of the water into a pot. Bring to a rolling boil. Turn off the heat and cover. Leave it on the stove, and go to bed! The next morning, uncover the pan and bring the oatmeal back up to a simmer. Stir in a cup of milk or a cup of water before reheating for thinner oatmeal (use the milk for a creamier version). During the reheat, add the vanilla and cinnamon. When the oatmeal is warm, scoop out to bowls, add your toppings and enjoy!

How do you like to eat oatmeal at your house? What kind of toppings or add-ins do you like? I often sweeten mine with honey. My daughter really loves to pile on the brown sugar. I’ve seen people add bananas and maple syrup, apple butter, apples, raisins, or berries.

Have a great weekend!

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28 thoughts on “Overnight Oats Recipe”

    1. If you want to try again, try with the steel cut oats. They have a nuttier flavour and a much much chewier texture. It's just not as mushy and so more enjoyable for most people.

    1. That baked oatmeal looks great too! I usually make my oatmeal in a giant sized batch and then save the leftover to be reheated later. But baking it all together also seems like a great way to cook it up with leftovers.

  1. Visiting you from Sass. OMG lmao is this post just for me? I am up right now making Steal Cut oats for breakfast. I have never had steal cut and heard how much better they were. LOL too funny. This post is just for me.. lmao

    Kevin 🙂

  2. OMG! I am always forward your recipes to my inbox. I have to find somewhere I can keep them all when I print them off. I have to try this one. I like just being able to leave it overnight. Makes life simple SASS

  3. Interesting concept! I enjoy oatmeal, but I hate when it's too plain, so I'm left with instant oatmeal options.

    This seems like a very tasty option to keep breakfast speedy in the morning.

    Thanks! (SASS)

  4. Very night recipe, I am always looking for healthy recipes, that are quick and easy for the morning. I have some steel oats already and things to go with it so I plan on trying this for the kids and myself this week. Great Recipe!

  5. Oh I love that you prep this the night before. My oatmeal usually comes in a premixed packet. I've been meaning to try making “real” oatmeal. Thanks for the recipe! – SASS

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