Simple No-Cook Steel-Cut Oats

Simple Steel-Cut OatsSteel-cut oatmeal is one of our staple breakfasts. I’m so used to the chewy and hearty texture that I have a hard time eating classic rolled oats these days. And steel-cut oats are even more nutrient-packed than regular oats. The big problem, however, is that cooking steel-cut oats is too time consuming for many people. So a great no fuss alternative is to soak the oats overnight, no cooking involved. This method is so simple, you can have different variations of steel-cut oats every week!

I like using my homemade almond milk for the nutty flavor, but regular milk works just as fine. Feel free to play around with the ingredients. If you have fresh berries or any kind of dried fruit, throw them in. Believe me, anything will work.

Place steel-cut oats in a bowl.

Add in your milk to the steel-cut oats.

Stir in maple syrup, cinnamon and goji berries, or preferred additions. Store in the fridge overnight.

Top with preferred berries and nuts.

Simple No-Cook Steel-Cut Oats

  • 1/2 cup steel-cut oats
  • 1 cup almond milk, or regular
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup, honey or agave, or to taste
  • a handful of goji berries or raisins, or to taste
  • a dash of cinnamon
  • fresh berries, for topping
  • nuts or cacao nibs, for topping

    Mix together all ingredients except toppings. Refrigerate in a covered bowl overnight to soften the oats. Eat cold or at room temperature and top with fresh berries, nuts and/or cacao nibs.

    Total Time: 10 minutes (then added soaking time)
    Yield: makes 2-4 servings
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    14 Responses to “Simple No-Cook Steel-Cut Oats”

    1. Ann Mah July 10, 2012 at 3:50 am #

      I’m a huge steel oats fan, but never make them because I’m always rushing in the morning. This is a wonderful tip for a new breakfast. Thanks!

      • Barb July 10, 2012 at 9:55 am #

        I know, I love steel-cut oats too and this method is definitely a must try if you’re pressed for time!

    2. iris July 10, 2012 at 10:06 am #

      Ooo I’ve been doing something similar with yogurt. A great way to enjoy oats in the summer!

      • Barb July 10, 2012 at 2:10 pm #

        Hi Iris! Do you use yogurt with your steel-cut oats? What’s your method?

    3. cindysoo July 10, 2012 at 10:09 am #

      Can you use this method and then in the morning quickly put in the microwave to have warm oats? Or do you think this would make them too mushy?

      • Barb July 10, 2012 at 2:15 pm #

        If you want warm oats, I would microwave on a lower temperature and loosely cover your bowl with a plate. Stir it around every now and then and check how warm you want it. See how that works and hopefully your oats won’t be mushy!

    4. Stephanie @ Hugs, Kisses and Snot July 12, 2012 at 5:11 pm #

      I’m going to try this. My husband loves oatmeal but doesn’t want to take the time in the morning even to fix regular oatmeal. This might be a great alternative.

      • Barb July 12, 2012 at 5:19 pm #

        Yes, try it out and let me know what he thinks 🙂 Oatmeal is so healthy and you could top it with anything you like.

    5. Yeshanu August 3, 2012 at 2:23 pm #

      I use my crock pot. 1 cup steel cut oats to 4 cups water, then put on low overnight. I’ve found that once cooked, the oatmeal keeps well in the fridge and is quickly re-heated in the microwave.

      That’s good for hot, but for cold cereal, I’m definitely going to give your method a try!

      • Barb August 3, 2012 at 4:23 pm #

        I keep telling myself to invest in a crock pot! Sounds like a great method for steel-cut oats… Thanks for sharing 🙂

    6. Loo October 5, 2012 at 3:48 pm #

      Another good option for the time-pressed folk who like them hot: 1/4 c steel cut oats, 1 c water, bring it to a boil for 2 minutes, take it off the heat, cover it and let it sit overnight…quick warmup in the morning and you’re good to go.

      • Barb October 6, 2012 at 9:46 am #

        Thanks for this great recipe, Loo 🙂 Will have to try out this method soon!

    7. Vijay @ NoshOnIt February 11, 2013 at 11:22 am #

      one of my favorite breakfasts!

      • Barb February 11, 2013 at 12:14 pm #

        Yes, same here!

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