Easy Overnight Steel-cut Oats

Have you ever tried steel-cut oats? Years ago when I first tried them, I wasn't impressed. They were undercooked and unpleasant. All that's changed now. Get ready to turn your breakfast world on end with a new kind of oatmeal that's satisfyingly chewy, healthy, and delicious.

More "whole" grains than oatmeal, steel-cut oats are oat groats that are simply cut, while oatmeal is whole oat groats that have been steamed and rolled. The quicker they cook, the more processed they are.

Most people avoid eating steel-cut oats because they can take as long as 40 minutes to cook. I've got a quick tip for you, though: Making overnight oats takes only a moment of advance planning and with a couple minutes the night before, they'll be ready to go by morning. Here's how to do it.

Overnight Steel-cut Oats
By Allison Rivers Samson

Makes 3 cups

1 cup steel-cut oats
3 cups water


  1. In a dry 2-quart saucepan over medium-high heat, toast oats for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. This step is optional but adds a nice toasty flavor to your oats. Feel free to skip it if you're super short on time. 
  2. Add water. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring regularly and decreasing heat slightly to prevent boiling over.
  3. Turn off heat, cover, and let sit overnight. In the morning, heat over low-medium, and stir as it warms. If you'd like your oats to be extra creamy, add a cup of your favorite milk. Mine is almond milk.
  4. Portion into bowls and add your favorite toppings. Enjoy! 

Jazz It Up!

  • Stir in any of your favorite inclusions like fresh or dried fruit, nuts, spices, and even chocolate chips!


  • Feel free to make extra. Unlike rolled ats, steel-cut oats have a great texture when reheated.

© Recipe by Allison Rivers Samson, Self-care Coach, award-winning vegan chef and author of 
Quick + Easy DIY Salad BarThe Dairy-Freedom Cookbook, Comfortably Yum, and Co-Founder of The Dairy Detox.


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