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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    1. says

      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!

    2. cindysoo says

      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?

      • says

        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!

    3. says

      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!

    4. Loo says

      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.

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