Overnight Steel Cut Oats

steel cut oats

Whether it’s a brisk winter or in the heat of July, oatmeal is sure to be in my bowl alongside a pour of bold coffee to start off the day. However, I’m sure I can speak for all the oatmeal aficionados that though it’s the quintessential breakfast, cooking them can rob you of your precious morning minutes.

Picture this: You wake up, stumble into the kitchen, pour your coffee or tea...then your oatmeal craving hits. You don't have time to stand over the stove, constantly stirring so it doesn't boil over, stick to the bottom, and every other hindrance that is often a result of the precarious oatmeal cooking process. Then you look to your stove, uncover the lid from a pot, and are instantly relieved at the abundance of oatmeal waiting for you.

You can imagine the pure joy I felt when I discovered overnight steel cut oats. I've prepared them a couple ways: raw, soaking in the refrigerator or in a jar with mashed bananas and milk to save me some time, but nothing has come close to this thoughtless technique that saves me time but doesn’t sacrifice a nutritious start to my day.

Personally, this can feed me four to five breakfasts. I know life can get busy, but now there's no excuse for skipping breakfast! Along with saving time, the process is as easy as boil, stir, sleep, eat. Yes, sleeping is necessary! So ease into your day, take some more time for yourself and kick those mid-morning cravings when all you want is an entire bag of Cadbury mini eggs.


3 cups + ⅔ water

1 cup steel cut oats

A dash of salt

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground ginger

1-2 tbsp pure maple syrup (you can always add more later)

The original recipe recommends 4 cups of water, but I've found my oats to taste watered down. Through trial and error, I’ve cut the water down 1/3 cup since I add milk the following morning for a more creamy consistency.


Bring water to a rapid boil on your stove’s highest setting. Once boiling, add oats. Stir, then set the timer for one minute. During this minute, quickly add salt, ground ginger and cinnamon and pure maple syrup. The mixture will likely boil over, so it's okay to lower the temperature and stir to dissipate the heat. Once the minute is up, cover, leaving a smidgen of space with the lid for ventilation, turn the stove off, and sleep sweetly…knowing you'll have breakfast waiting for you in the morning. 

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