Basic Steel Cut Overnight Oats

Recipe Classifications






Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian, Mediterranean Diet, DASH, Kid-Friendly, Soy-Free


Brown / White

Freezes well:


Prep Time  (total time):

Under 15 Minutes  (Under 15 Minutes)


Basic Steel Cut Overnight Oats

Overnight oats are dry oats you stir together with milk (or water), a bit of sweetener such as honey or maple syrup, and whatever other deliciousness you like; leave it in the refrigerator overnight and wake up to a bit of breakfast magic. You can add chia seeds, peanut butter, fresh or dried fruit, and any other mix-ins. Your imagination is the only limit.
The steel-cut oats used in this recipe need time to soak, so combine the ingredients 10 hours before you plan to use them. A mason jar is a great option for sewing —I mean soaking— your oats, but any container you can cover will do the job.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 serving
Calories 878kcal


  • 1 cup steel-cut oats uncooked
  • 1.75 cups coconut milk
  • 1 Pinch unrefined salt optional


  • Pour all ingredients in the mason jar or other container and stir until combined. Cover and store in the refrigerator for up to five days. Serve cold by portioning your desired amount into a bowl. Add any mix-ins you want. For warm oatmeal, microwave for one minute.


Sweet Add-Ins
You might have noticed we left out any sweeteners from our quick and healthy overnight oatmeal. Add your favorite low-calorie sweetener, honey, or even sugar to taste.
Instead of sweeteners, you can use fresh or dried fruit, nuts or seeds. Don’t forget about spices. A dash of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice can amp up the flavor without adding any calories.
Savory Add-Ins
Most people stick with sweet oatmeal, and that can taste fantastic, but it can also be delicious with savory add-ins.
Add sundried tomatoes and pesto, then sprinkle on some parmesan for a tasty Italian treat. Use low sodium chicken stock instead of milk for the soaking liquid and add fresh vegetables and a little chicken meat and you have a delicious lunch. 
The options are endless, and steel-cut oats are inexpensive, so feel free to experiment.


Calories: 878kcal | Carbohydrates: 126g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 222mg | Potassium: 564mg | Fiber: 18g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 692IU | Calcium: 563mg | Iron: 7mg

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