Overnight Steel Cut Oats with a protein infusion for a balanced meal! Top it with fresh fruit, almond butter, and a drizzle of honey for an amazing breakfast.
If you’re looking for quick and easy breakfast recipes that cover all the macronutrient bases, this Overnight Steel Cut Oats recipe may just be your newest obsession.
Loaded with complex carbs, protein, and healthy fats, all of which are easy to adjust based on your health goals, this amazing grab and go breakfast is ideal for busy mornings.
Make it over the weekend in bulk to meal prep breakfast throughout the week!
So remarkably versatile, you can serve your morning porridge up with any of your favorite toppings. Change it up using seasonal fruit and various jams and nut butters to always keep your taste buds guessing!
There’s a surplus of oatmeal recipes on this site because I absolutely love the flavor, texture, and nutrient breakdown of oats.
I find oats to be so versatile and always so satiating and inviting.
While I’ve shared many traditional overnight oats recipes in the past, including Peaches and Cream Overnight Oats, Carrot Cake Overnight Oatmeal, Vanilla Chai Overnight Oats (and more), which use regular rolled oats, I haven’t shared an overnight oats recipe with steel cut oats until today.
Difference Between Steel Cut Oats and Rolled Oats:
The main difference between steel cut oats and rolled oats is how they are processed. Whole oat groats are cut with a steel blade for steel cut oats, whereas rolled oats are steamed then flattened with a roller.
You’ll notice a remarkable difference in the texture of steel cut versus rolled oats, as rolled oats are much firmer and have a chew to them. Rolled oats become soft and creamy, whereas steel cut oats have almost a nut-like crunch, even after they are cooked.
Let’s discuss the simple ingredients needed to make steel cut overnight oatmeal.
Ingredients for Overnight Steel Cut Oats:
Steel Cut Oats: The main ingredient in this breakfast porridge extravaganza! Steel cut oats bring complex carbohydrates and fiber to your morning breakfast routine. An ideal pre or post-workout meal, oats are fabulous at replenishing muscle glycogen.
I use sprouted steel cut oats, which are gluten-free, glyphosate free, and the sprouting process enables the nutrients within the oats to be more bioavailable.
While you can make overnight oats using other oat varieties like instant oats, old-fashioned oats, or quick oats, we’re focusing on steel cut for this particular recipe.
Protein Powder (optional): Bringing an infusion of protein for a balanced meal, you can add your favorite protein powder. I use goat whey protein powder which doesn’t have added flavors or sugars.
I find starting the day with a protein-rich meal ensures I stay full for hours, versus getting hungry soon after breakfast.
You can also skip the protein powder if you aren’t concerned about getting protein in this meal.
Chia Seeds (optional): If you have chia seeds, hemp seeds, or flax seeds on hand, feel free to toss them in to add healthy omega 3 fatty acids to the oatmeal. Flax seeds and chia seeds will also help thicken the oats.
Sea Salt & Ground Cinnamon: Ground cinnamon brings a sweet warmth to the overnight oats and a pinch of salt enhances all of the individual flavors.
Oat Milk (or milk of choice): Oats require a great deal of liquid in order to soften up, so pick your favorite type of milk. I use oat milk, but cow’s milk works great, as does almond milk, hemp milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, etc.
Add 2 tablespoons of pure maple syrup to sweeten the oatmeal.
Stir in 2 tablespoons of almond butter or peanut butter for some added healthy fats.
If you love banana overnight oatmeal, mash up 1 to 2 large ripe bananas and mix it in with the rest of the ingredients, similar to my Banana Bread Overnight Oatmeal.
If you have vanilla extract on hand, feel free to add 1 teaspoon.
At a minimum, all you need to make overnight steel-cut oats is steel cut oats and some form of liquid.
Top overnight steel cut oatmeal with chocolate chips, Greek yogurt, brown sugar (or sweetener of choice), berries, sliced banana, almond butter, homemade jam, homemade fruit compote, etc.
You can even make savory oats by combining these Irish oats with eggs, breakfast sausage or bacon, etc, sautéed vegetables, etc.
Now that we’ve discussed the main ingredients, let’s make this easy breakfast recipe!
How to Make Overnight Steel Cut Oats:
Add the steel cut oats, protein powder, chia seeds (if using), ground cinnamon and sea salt to a large mixing bowl and stir well until everything is combined.
Pour in the oat milk (or non-dairy milk of choice) and stir well. If you’re adding a sweetener or nut butter to the oatmeal, do so now as well. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight (at least 8 hours).
Because steel cut oats are fairly hearty, they don’t soften up the same way regular oats do, so the longer they sit, the better. If you can stir the oatmeal every once in a while during the chilling process, feel free to do so.
Give the oats a good stir the next morning just before serving. Pour desired amount into a bowl and top with fresh fruit, nuts, seeds, almond butter, a drizzle of honey or pure maple syrup, etc.
Store any leftovers in an airtight container or jar in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
You can portion the oatmeal out into small mason jars or individual glass containers for grab and go breakfast. If you’re taking this route as a meal prep approach, I recommend doubling or tripling the recipe.
The real quick and dirty version of this recipe is pouring everything into a large jar, seal it up with the lid, then shake well until everything is combined. I often take this approach.
And that’s it! Everything you need to make a delightful creamy cold cereal recipe for a make ahead breakfast with all sorts of health benefits.
In the fall and winter months, make Apple Cinnamon Crock Pot Steel Cut Oats for slow cooker steel cut oats.
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- Flourless Oatmeal Banana Pancakes
- Peanut Butter Banana Baked Oatmeal Muffins
- 4-Ingredient Banana Oatmeal Bars
- Gluten-Free Oatmeal Raisin Muffins
Enjoy this quick and simple creamy oatmeal!
Overnight Steel Cut Oats
- 2 Tbsp pure maple syrup or honey
- 2 Tbsp unsweetened almond butter or peanut butter
- Add the steel cut oats, protein powder, chia seeds (if using), ground cinnamon and sea salt to a large mixing bowl and stir well until everything is combined.
- Pour in the oat milk (or non-dairy milk of choice) and stir well. If you’re adding a sweetener or nut butter to the oatmeal, do so now as well. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 5 hours, ideally overnight.
- Give the oats a good stir the next morning just before serving. Pour desired amount into a bowl and top with fresh fruit, nuts, seeds, almond butter, a drizzle of honey or pure maple syrup, etc.
- Note: As an alternative, you can add everything into a large jar, seal it up with the lid, then shake well until everything is combined. I often take this approach.
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