Overnight Steel Cut Oats Recipe

September 23, 2023   12 Comments

This overnight steel cut oats recipe is so ridiculously easy. Honestly, I don’t know why anyone buys the frozen stuff at Trader Joe’s.

Overnight Steel Cut Oats Recipe

Yes, you can buy frozen pre-cooked steel cut oats at TJ’s but with a wee bit of planning - you can make your own.

I like to think of steel cut oats like my sprouted grain bread. They are nutritious and an excellent medium for adding other things to make them tasty.

Steel cut oats are coarser than whole oats (and much coarser than instant oats).

Rolled oats (which I used in my recipe crockpot oatmeal with old fashioned oats)are steamed, rolled, steamed again and toasted, ending up as thin flakes.

Steel cut oats are made from oat kernels that have been chopped into thick pieces.

They are also a zero point food on WW purple plan because they are whole grain and nutritious.

The texture is different than whole oats - more chewy and nutty - and they are quite good. The problem is that if you make them on the morning you want to eat them it can take 30-45 minutes to cook.

The thick pieces of oats take longer to digest and rank lower on the glycemic index than rolled oats. I do feel like they keep me fuller for longer.

How do you cook them? On the day before you want to eat them, you boil them for ONE MINUTE on the stove.

Then, you wait for the pan to cool, put it in the fridge, and the next morning you have cooked oats for the microwave or the stove.

Add bananas, blueberries, walnuts, peanut butter, brown sugar….. and you have a hot breakfast of champions.

This keeps in the fridge for about a week or you can freeze it in individual portions. Don’t be afraid of steel cut oats!

Have you made overnight steel cut oats? How did you do it?

Overnight Steel Cut Oats Recipe

5.0 from 4 reviews

Makes 4 cups
Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 5 minutes

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1 cup steel-cut oats
3 cups water
pinch of salt
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
brown sugar, maple syrup, honey to taste


The night before you want to eat oatmeal put oats, water, and salt in a large saucepan (allow room for oatmeal expansion). Boil for one minute. Allow pan to cool and store in refrigerator.

In the morning, put the saucepan back on the stove. When heated through and stir in frozen blueberries (to thaw them). If you are using fresh blueberries, top the oatmeal with them and serve with brown sugar, honey, maple syrup to taste.

Nutrition Facts

One cup cooked oatmeal with blueberries without sugar = 161 calories, 2.5 g fat, 0.5 g saturated fat, 27.0 g carbohydrates, 0 g sugar, 5.0 g protein, 4.0 g fiber, 4 mg sodium, 5 Green, 5 Blue, 0 Purple WW SmartPts

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only. See all Snack Girl Recipes

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Love the red saucepan! Looks like it goes from stovetop to fridge to oven. What kind is it?

I have always hated the texture of oatmeal made with rolled oats. Then I tried steel cut oatmeal and loved it. It’s my favourite on a cold morning. I’ve made it in the crockpot with apples and cinnamon and it’s delicious 😋. Such a nice smell to wake up to 😁

Thank you, Lisa, for a reminder about something fun about fall! Every time I start to worry about coming inside for quarantine, I like to think up one or two things I love about winter and fall. It’s not that hard – both seasons are beautiful here – but I’m adding this to my list. I’m a little bit wondering why I read crockpot as crackpot...Also thinking how much my mother would have enjoyed this breakfast!

Yummy and easy! I like the fact that there is minimal prep and everything is done in one pot.

@Debbie - That is a Staub which is a competitor to Le Creuset. I LOVE it. It is an investment but then you never, ever have to buy another pot again. Thanks for your question!

OK, I'm bad, but---if you put a dab of butter in the pan and toast the oats, stirring, until you smell the fragrance...omg good.


Thank you, Lisa, for the reminder of how great steel cut oats are! I make a double batch (6 c. water to 1 1/2 c. steel cut oats), cook it for 25 min., pour into a 9x9 pan and chill until set. Then I cut it into 9 squares and freeze them on a sheet, putting them into a zip lock bag when firm enough. Then you just microwave one square for breakfast for a couple of minutes and voila! No more “gooey” oatmeal.😃 My husband loves this! Bon appetite!

This recipe is so easy to understand and looks so yummy. Even the information shared is so apt about steel cut oats and rolled oats and it is very detailed. A perfect blog for steel cut oats. I would recommend this blog and the recipe to my friends and family. I have been using Steel Cut Oats from True Elements - a clean label food brand and I am going to try this recipe now.

Pure genius! A huge time saver for those who love steel cut oats but not the time commitment to cook. A million thanks!!!


Sounds delicious. Thank you

I make overnight oatmeal by adding almond milk, brown sugar substitute, vanilla, cinnamon and raisins. Put it in the refrigerator overnight. Can I do that with steel cut oats?

I love your recipes but you need to update weight watchers points. There are no colors any more. I always have to recalculate the recipes.

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