The oat (Avena sativa), sometimes called the common oat, is a species of cereal grain grown for its seed, which is known by the same name (usually in the plural, unlike other cereals and pseudocereals). While oats are suitable for human consumption as oatmeal and rolled oats, one of the most common uses is as livestock feed.
What is Steel Cut Oatmeal?
If you are new to the world of oats, you might be wondering how are steel cut oats different than old fashioned (aka rolled oats) or even quick cooking oats.
Oatmeal is such a versatile ingredient for meal prep: you can make baked oatmeal, overnight oats, or steel cut oats. But here’s a new one for you: did you know you can make overnight oats using steel cut oatmeal?
Overnight Steel Cut Oats
Overnight Steel Cut Oats—Base Recipe:
- 1 3/4 cups milk any kind you like (I use unsweetened almond milk)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
- 1 1/2 tablespoons peanut butter or other nut butter of choice, optional but delicious
- 1 cup uncooked steel cut oats you can also use quick-cooking steel cut oats; the final oatmeal will have a softer, less chewy texture
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- Chia seeds flaxseeds, or hemp seeds
- Protein powder
- Ground cinnamon
- 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.
So, What’s the Difference between Overnight Steel Cut Oatmeal and Every Other Overnight Oats Recipe?
Up until the point of making this recipe, I’d always made my overnight oatmeal with rolled oats (a.k.a. old-fashioned oats). Rolled oats are whole oats that have been steamed and pressed, so they cook more quickly and have a more pliable texture. Overnight oats made with rolled oats are more creamy than chewy. They are also delicious. Start with my Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats and see if you agree.
For some reason, I thought that steel cut oats were the healthiest of all oat varieties. Come to find out, they all have the same nutritional benefits.
However, I think I should mention that I am talking about the oatmeal (from the types of oats I mentioned above) you make at home from scratch. I am not talking about the packaged, so-called healthy, sugar-filled oats that are sold in supermarkets.
How Long Do Overnight Oat Need to Sit To Soften
I usually let it sit 8-9 hours. However, they are usually softened after the 6th-hour mark. Additionally, if you like your steel cut oats on the chewier side, you could let it soak shorter.
You might think of it as an additional step, but I find that soaking steel cut oats in hot water is the best way to cook steel cut oats fast.
Is it safe to leave the oats with milk overnight like that?
Yes, as long as your kitchen temperature is not too hot, it’s completely safe to leave the oats soaking overnight at room temperature, especially since they are covered in a pot with a lid.
How long does it keep?
Steel cut oatmeal will keep well for up to a week in the fridge. In the morning, place the cooled oatmeal into an airtight container and you can reheat portions of it throughout the week. It’s great to batch cook for easy and quick breakfasts.
Another recipe :
- 1 ½ cups steel cut oats
- 3 cups water
- 3 cups almond milk
- ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
Peanut Butter Banana
- 1 banana sliced
- 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon peanuts chopped
- Dash of cinnamon
- 4-5 strawberries sliced
- 2 tablespoons nutella
- 1 tablespoon hazelnuts chopped
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1/2 green apple sliced
- 2 tablespoons caramel sauce
- 1 tablespoon pecans chopped
- Dash of cinnamon
Chocolate Almond Butter
- 2 ounces chocolate bar chopped
- 2 tablespoons almond butter
- 2 dates chopped
- 1 tablespoon honey
In a large pot over medium-high heat, bring the water, milk and salt to a boil.
Stir in the oats and continue mixing with the liquid for 2-3 minutes to warm up the oats.
Turn off the heat, cover the pot with a lid and leave overnight at room temperature.
In the morning, remove the lid, heat for a couple minutes while stirring the mixture, and serve with your favorite topping combinations.
Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last about up to 7 days in the fridge.
Steel Cut Oatmeal vs. Rolled Oats
To start, let’s cover the basics! Steel cut oats are the least processed type of oats. The oat groat (the full oat “grain”) is simply cut into two or three parts to get steel cut oats. Because they are less processed, they absorb more liquid and take longer to cook/soak than rolled oats.
- ½ cup steel cut oats
- 2 cups water
- pinch of sea salt
- toppings of choice – cinnamon, banana, berries, hemp seeds, chia seeds, maple syrup, etc.
How To Make Overnight Steel Cut Oats (No Cook)
- 1 cup steel cut oats (NOT instant steel cut oats!)
- 2 cups almond milk (see 1)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 teaspoons maple syrup
In four 1.5 cup jars, measure out: ¼ cup steel cut oats, ½ cup almond milk, ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract and 1 teaspoon maple syrup.
Stir up and refrigerate for a minimum of 24 hours. Oats are best after 48 hours of soaking.
Stir up and enjoy cold as is, or with extra toppings such as fresh berries, yogurt, seeds, nut butter etc.
1- dairy milk can also be used, but almond milk absorbs into the steel cut oats a little better
Add 1 tablespoon chia seeds and ¼ cup extra almond milk, OR ¼-1/2 cup greek yogurt (add yogurt to serve as it can hinder milk absorption/softening of the oats).
These oats are much chewier than traditional steel cut oats, and are best enjoyed after 48 hours.
If you’d like to reduce the chewiness of these oats, you can soak in boiling water first: cover in boiling water for 5-10 minutes (up to 1 hour if you have it), then drain it off and add the almond milk.
Optional add ins
- chia seeds- aim for 1 tablespoon per portion
- peanut butter
- pumpkin puree
- spices (cinnamon, nutmeg)
- dried fruit- cranberries or blueberries
- lemon or lime zest
- fresh fruit (add to serve)
- collagen or protein powder
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