How to make the best Overnight Steel Cut Oats. An easy, healthy no cook breakfast! Made with almond milk, peanut butter, and chia seeds, this delicious recipe is endlessly customizable, vegan friendly, and can be stored in a mason jar in the refrigerator all week.
Prep Time: 5mins
Total Time: 10hrs
Overnight Steel Cut Oats—Base Recipe:
1 3/4cupsmilk - any kind you like (I use unsweetened almond milk)
1 1/2tablespoonshoney - or maple syrup
1 1/2tablespoonspeanut butter - or other nut butter of choice, optional but delicious
Citrus zest - I love orange zest with honey and cinnamon!
Dried fruit - favorites: reduced-sugar dried cranberries, raisins, chopped dates
Fresh fruit - or frozen and thawed fruit
Toasted almonds - walnuts, or pecans (add just before serving to maintain the most crunch)
An extra drizzle of honey - or maple syrup
In a mixing bowl, whisk together the milk, honey, nut butter, and any protein powder you may be adding until smooth. Stir in the oats, salt, and any other optional additions (wait to add fresh fruit or nuts so that they stay fresh/crisp). Cover the bowl tightly with plastic (or transfer it to an airtight storage container) and refrigerate overnight or for up to 5 days.
When ready to serve, stir the oats and portion the desired amount into your bowl. (At this point, you can also divide the oats into individual containers and refrigerate for the week.) Top with any desired fresh fruit, nuts, or other toppings. (If placing the oats in individual jars, feel free to add toppings to each, as they will store fine this way. If storing as a single larger batch for the week, I find it is best to wait to add the fresh toppings/nuts until just before serving so that they don't all sink to the bottom.) Enjoy cold and congratulate yourself for your breakfast-planning prowess.
Leftover steel cut oats can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Their texture will soften as they sit, so if they are too chewy for you on Day 1, you can let them hang out a bit longer.
The first day, the oats will be more liquidy, but they will continue to absorb more of the milk throughout the week. If at any point you'd like more milk, simply splash a little on top of your bowl or pour more in the individual mason jars if you are storing the steel cut oats that way.