Overnight Steel Cut Oats

February 6, 2014 § Leave a comment

It’s cold season over here you guys. I’ve worked my way through a box of Kleenex and am drinking daily cocktails of honey and lemon in hot water. This calls for comfort in the form of warm breakfast.

I have made this steel-cut oat recipe consistently for the last two months. I take leftovers for breakfast at work. I made it for my family where even my nephew, who is three, ate it. And this calls for some awesome toppings. You can go simple with fruit like bananas or sautéed pears (which I feature here). Or go nuts and add peanut butter, chia seeds, dried apricots. Do what you want.

I get my oats from the bulk section, where they are way cheaper that the pre-packaged versions. **Side note, did you know you can bring a canister to Whole Foods, they’ll weigh it for you, then you can just fill it in the bulk section. Has made my guesswork of filling cheap plastic bags and ending up with too much or too little of something non-existent, so nice.


  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 1 cup milk option of your choice (I like almond milk)
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 1 ripe pear, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • sweetener (agave or brown sugar)

1) In medium saucepan, toast steel-cut oats over medium heat until they smell slightly nutty. About 3 minutes. Pour in 3 cups of water and bring to a boil. Immediately remove from heat and let sit, covered, overnight.
2) In the morning add 1 cup of milk choice to pan, and reheat. Stirring occasionally.
3) In a small pan, melt butter. Add in pear and saute until golden brown and fragrant.
4) Spoon oatmeal into bowl, top with pears and add sweetener to taste. Enjoy!


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