Overnight Steel Cut Oats are a delicious healthy make ahead breakfast. The recipe combines steel cut oats and almond milk along with other goodies like fresh fruit, nuts, and seeds. This nutritional breakfast can be prepped quickly and packed in mason jars for an easy take along healthy breakfast.
Do you like oatmeal? I have loved oatmeal since I was a little girl so this recipe was right up my alley. Not fond of steel cut oats? No worries you can make these with old fashioned rolled oats as well. It is so easy to personalize these with your favorite goodies. This is the perfect breakfast for health conscience families that are always on the go. You can pack them in mason jars or tupperware style containers for little ones.
What is the difference between steel cut oats and old fashioned rolled oats?
Steel cut oats also known as pinhead oats or Irish oats are more coarse than other types of oats and tend to be chewier. All oats have about the same amount of nutritional value but steel cuts have the highest fiber content and density making the best nutritional choice for your buck. Steel oats are cut from the oat kernel (less the husk). They are cut into two to three smaller pieces using a steel blade. Cooking and softening time on steel cuts oats is longer than old fashioned rolls oat.
Rolled oats sometimes referred to as old fashioned rolled oats are flattened and steamed. They don’t take as long to cook as steel cut oats. They are a better choice for cookies, muffins, breads, bars, pancakes, smoothies and crumb toppings.
Are steel cut oats healthy?
- Steel cut oats are high in fiber. Just one quarter of a cup contains five grams of fiber which is almost twenty percent of the daily recommended amount. Because of its high fiber content it helps you feel fuller longer.
- They are high in protein. A serving size (one quarter cup) contains seven grams of protein.
- Steel cut oats are a good source of iron. Iron is an important part of hemoglobin which carries oxygen from your lungs to the rest of your body.
How do you make Overnight Steel Cut Oats?
Actually I should name this Overnight Overnight Steel Cut Oats because it is best after two nights in the fridge. Grab an airtight container. Add the oats, almond milk, maple syrup, vanilla and salt. Stir to combine, cover and refrigerate overnight, stirring a couple of times.
On the second day add about one quarter of a cup of fruit, nuts or seeds to a mason jar. Spoon in an equal amount of the overnight oats and top with more fruit. Cover the jars with the lids and refrigerate one more night. This recipe makes four six ounce mason jars full of mixed fruit, nuts, seeds and oats.
Four Flavors of Overnight Steel Cut Oats!
- Banana Nut -1/2 banana, 2 tablespoons of peanut butter and 1 tablespoon of chopped pecan
- Pina Colada – 1/3 cup chopped pineapple, 1 tablespoons toasted coconut
- Almond Blueberry – 1/4 cup blueberries, 1 tablespoon flax seed, 2 tablespoons sliced almonds
- Mixed berry – 1/4 cup blackberries, 1/4 cup raspberries
Do you have to use steel cut oats for overnight oats?
If you prefer rolled oats in your oatmeal simply mix the rolled oats in place of the steel cut oats. Jump to the second day when you fill the mason jars with fruit, nuts, seed and the mixed oats. Cover and refrigerate for one night.
Feel free to mix or match any of these or try some new interesting combo that works for you and what you have on hand. These oats are a delicious healthy breakfast that travels well with you when you are running late.
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- Cheesy Pepper Asparagus Breakfast Casserole
- Banana Pancakes
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Overnight Steel Cut Oats (Four Ways)
Overnight Steel Cut Oats are a delicious healthy make ahead breakfast. The recipe combines steel cut oats and almond milk along with other goodies such as fresh fruit!
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes plus soaking time
- Category: breakfast
- Method: bowl and spoon
- Cuisine: American
- 1 cup uncooked steel cut oats
- 1 1/2 cups almond milk
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 banana
- 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon of chopped pecan
- 1/3 cup chopped pineapple
- 1 tablespoons toasted coconut
- 1/4 cup blueberries
- 1 tablespoon flax seed
- 2 tablespoons sliced almonds
- 1/4 cup blackberries
- 1/4 cup raspberries
- In an airtight container add the oats, almond milk, maple syrup, vanilla and salt. Stir to combine, cover and refrigerate overnight, stirring a couple of times.
- On the second day add about 1/4 cup of fruit, nuts or seeds to a mason jar. Spoon in a 1/4 cup overnight oats and top with more fruit. Cover the jars with the lids and refrigerate one more night.
- If you prefer rolled oats in your oatmeal simply mix the rolled oats in place of the steel cut oats. Jump to the second day when you fill the mason jars with fruit, nuts, seed and the mixed oats. Cover and refrigerate for one night.
- The nutritional information is just for the overnight oats.
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