easy overnight steel cut oats

easy overnight steel cut oats with blueberries and honeySo most of you know that I was a cereal addict since the age of 17.  I literally ate a bowl of cereal everyday, usually grape nuts topped with some other kind of fiberish cereal and granola. I’m one of those people that wakes up hungry and can’t sit around and wait a 1/2 hour for breakfast to cook, so cereal was the breakfast of choice, or should I say breakfast of convenience. Steel cut oats were reserved for those fancy hotel vacations or breakfast out with the family, as I was under the assumption that steel cut oats were a labor intensive and timely breakfast to whip up. I changed that way of thinking though when I cooked up my hot quinoa and oat cereal for the first time. I learned the trick to a quick breakfast of steel cut oats, and that was to bring them to a quick boil and then let them sit out overnight. I still eat cold cereal on occasion, but lately I have been devouring these steel cut oats, my 5 minute quinoa cereal and my quinoa and oat cereal.  I would have to say that my breakfast routine has changed for the better!

So I’m posting this recipe for those fellow cereal addicts out there as well as those of you that want a quick and nutritious breakfast but were intimidated by the whole steel cut oat cooking process. This is seriously one of the easiest ways to cook up steel cut oats and I bet this will change your morning breakfast routine. So grab your tablet or laptop and join me in the kitchen as we cook up some steel cut oats.easy overnight steel cut oats

easy overnight steel cut oats:

serves 4

  • 4 cups (32 ounces) filtered water - I recommend using filtered water as tap water can have too much alkaine in it thus causing a greenish slime to occur on the oats.  The oats are totally safe to eat, but it’s not very appealing.
  • 1 cup steel cut oats – I use McCann’s steel cut irish oats
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • optional – dark or light brown sugar, honey or cinnamon to top the oats and mix in for a touch of sweetness or a dollop of peanut or almond butter
  • toppings such as toasted walnuts, fresh or dried blueberries, goji berries, fresh blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, sliced banana, cranberries, dried cherries, sliced peaches, fresh mango, you name it

All you need are these three simple ingredients!  DSC_0002Get out a medium saucepan, soup pan or Dutch oven and pour in the 4 cups water. Turn the heat to high and bring the water to a rapid boil.

ingredients for easy steel cut oatsWhen the water comes to a full boil, pour in the steel cut oats and salt.

Give a quick stir and let the oats cook for 1 minute. I always set my timer here.

 If your oats start bubbling and rising up, then just give them a quick stir and that should take care of it, but if they still keep rising up, then turn down the heat a bit. 

DSC_0029After one minute, turn off the heat, give the oats a quick stir, cover and then let them sit out overnight. Yep, that’s all there is to it. Easy peasy.

Goodnight!

DSC_0034Good morning!  I hope you’re well rested!

When you wake up and patter (or stumble) into the kitchen, open the lid and this is what you will see.

FYI:  Sometimes tap water can cause a greenish slime to appear on top of the oats.  It’s not mold and the oats are still safe to eat, you just need to scrape off the slime. Oats can turn brown-green or even blue-green in color when they are cooked in alkaline conditions.  Alkaline conditions are achieved when the water used to cook the oats has a pH balance of 9 to 12, so use filterd water when making oats, if you can.  If it’s not the water, it may be your pan.  Sometimes a new pan can leach metal ions into your food and that could cause the same reaction.  

DSC_0036Turn the heat to medium and stir occasionally until the oats are heated through. There will be a bit of water in the mixture still, but the oats will thicken up as they sit. I really like this consistency because they’re not to thick, goopy or dry.

DSC_0043Ladle the oats into a bowl and top with your favorite fixings. Below are the different ways I have been enjoying my oats.

A bit of dark brown sugar, strawberries, blueberries and goji berries.

IMG_4941Fresh blackberries, blueberries and honey drizzled on top.easy overnight steel cut oats with blueberries and honeyOk, I tried just tried putting a dollop of natural peanut butter on my bowl of oats this morning rather than using the brown sugar, and I have to say that it tastes amazing.  Thanks for the suggestion Abby!

easy overnight steel cut oats topped with peanut butter Steel cut oats with strawberries, goji berries and peanut butter.

easy overnight steel cut oats with strawberries and peanut butterSteel cut oats with raspberries, goji berries and peanut butter.

easy overnight steel cut oats with raspberries and peanut butter Store the leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge.  The leftover oats will last for up to a week.

Got leftovers?  Just re-heat the cereal in a sauce pan, over medium-low heat.  The cereal will thicken as it sits in the fridge, so you’ll want to add a bit of water or milk to thin it up as it’s cooking.

If you like hot cereals then you have to try these other two cereals as well.  They are both super quick and easy to whip up.

Hot quinoa and oat cereal with goji berries

hot quinoa and oat cereal with goji berries5 minute hot quinoa cereal

5 minute hot quinoa cereal

 

easy overnight steel cut oats

Rating: 51

Yield: serves 4

easy overnight steel cut oats

Ingredients

  • 4 cups (32 ounces) filtered water - I recommend using filtered water as tap water can have too much alkaine in it thus causing a greenish slime to occur on the oats. The oats are totally safe to eat, but it's not very appealing.
  • 1 cup steel cut oats - I use McCann's steel cut irish oats
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • optional - dark or light brown sugar or honey to top the oats and mix in for a touch of sweetness or a dollop of peanut or almond butter
  • toppings such as toasted walnuts, fresh or dried blueberries, goji berries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, sliced banana, cranberries, dried cherries, fresh peaches, mango you name it

Instructions

Get out a medium saucepan, soup pan or Dutch oven and pour in the 4 cups water.

Turn the heat to high and bring the water to a rapid boil.

When the water comes to a full boil, pour in the steel cut oats and salt.

Stir and let the oats cook for 1 minute. I always set my timer here. If your oats start bubbling and rising up, then just give them a quick stir and that should take care of it, but if they still keep rising up, then turn down the heat a bit. .

After one minute, turn off the heat, give the oats a quick stir, cover and then let them sit out overnight.

In the morning uncover the oats and turn the heat onto medium.

Stir occasionally until the oats are heated through. There will be a bit of water in the mixture still, but the oats will thicken up as they sit. I really like this consistency because they're not to thick, goopy or dry.

Ladle the oats into a bowl and top with your favorite fixings. I usually stir in a bit of dark or light brown sugar, add in whatever fresh fruit is in season, and then throw in some toasted walnuts and goji berries. You can really throw in just about anything.

Store the leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge. The leftover oats will last for up to a week.

To re-heat the leftovers, just put the cereal in a sauce pan, over medium-low heat. The cereal will thicken as it sits in the fridge, so you'll want to add a bit of water or milk to thin it up as it’s cooking.

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  • Karin Lynn June 6, 2013, 2:30 pm

    Been doing this for about four years and it is the best…my favourite breakfast.

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  • jackiegrandy June 6, 2013, 2:39 pm

    Hi Karin! You’re totally ahead of the curve! Love it :)

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  • jyllzie June 6, 2013, 5:17 pm

    great idea! do you ever put maple syrup in your oatmeal instead of brown sugar? yum!

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  • jackiegrandy June 6, 2013, 8:40 pm

    Hey Jyllzie! Yes, I’ve used maple syrup as well as honey! All of them taste good. :)

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  • Anonymous February 2, 2014, 3:20 am

    I did today, pure maple organic! My guests loved it!

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  • jackiegrandy February 3, 2014, 3:11 pm

    Awesome! I’m so glad your guests loved these oats :) xoxo, Jackie

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  • Karin Lynn June 6, 2013, 11:01 pm

    Add a scoop of yogurt….zero fat, zero sugar and still cold almost thawed frozen blueberries on warm oats…YUM!

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  • jackiegrandy June 7, 2013, 3:28 pm

    Hi Karin! I love the addition of yogurt and the cold blueberries. Perfect for summer time oats! Thanks for the tip! :)

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  • Sharon B. June 7, 2013, 12:25 am

    Yum! We love steel cut oatmeal but I’ve not made it overnight before. You’re so cute with how you wrote this with the good night and good morning. And the water in the pan comment, ha! :)
    Hope the first few days of summer vacation are going well! talk to you soon. xoxo

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  • jackiegrandy June 7, 2013, 3:32 pm

    Hi girl! Making the oats overnight makes life just so much easier come morning. Try it sometime. I’m sure you have the cool foggy summer mornings like us. June is our foggiest summer month and right now it’s 56 degrees out! Brrrr…. Have a great graduation weekend! xoxo, Jackie

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  • Sharon B. June 9, 2013, 4:11 pm

    It is cool here this morning too! Rick and I just had coffee and steel cut oatmeal out on the patio but we needed a blanket! I didn’t plan ahead to make the oatmeal overnight but I will definitely try it since it does take awhile on the stove. Talk sooon! xoxo

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  • Em @ Love A Latte June 7, 2013, 1:11 pm

    Oh I just love overnight oats like this! Makes breakfast so amazing and comforting. Just found your blog through notsoperfectlife.com! I’m excited to follow it :)

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  • jackiegrandy June 7, 2013, 3:29 pm

    Hi Em! Welcome and thanks for saying hi! I hope you find a few recipes that you like :)
    xoxo, Jackie

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  • Reba - Not So Perfect Life June 7, 2013, 7:05 pm

    I love steel cut oats. I tried them in overnight oats once and I didn’t like the texture… perhaps it was because I didn’t bring the water to a boil? I only added water and stirred a bit before putting in the fridge overnight. I need to try this out.

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  • jackiegrandy June 7, 2013, 11:21 pm

    Hi Reba. I totally tried that method, I think I saw it on the kitchn’s website? Anyway, I was not a fan either, I like my oatmeal warm. You will love this, it tastes just like steel cut oats are supposed to taste, chewy and warm. Give this method a try and let me know what you think! :)

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  • angela @ another bite please June 11, 2013, 4:05 pm

    how easy is that…i have to say the pot with just water i loved all the same seeing the pretty green handle :-) I too was major cereal addict…i would eat mine for dinner…2 bowls…all the time…all the time…now obviously my dinner choices have changed lol…now breakfast this is my kind of breakfast!!!!

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  • jackiegrandy June 15, 2013, 5:44 am

    Hey girl! I too ate cereal for dinner, especially in college when my budget was tight. It was cheap and filling. I still like my carbs in the morning, but am really becoming addicted to steel cut oats and these hot quinoa cereals. So tasty and a nice break form the cold cereal routine. :)

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  • Julila June 13, 2013, 2:34 am

    Hi! I just found your site after searching for how to cook steel cut oats, my daughter has to have her oatmeal in the morning and we ran out of the other type of oats. So I have it sitting on the stove and we shall see in the morning. Thanks for the recipe!

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  • jackiegrandy June 13, 2013, 1:10 pm

    Hi Julia! I hope she loves it and that it becomes here new favorite oatmeal :)

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  • Christine June 20, 2013, 4:58 am

    Just turned off the stove, well see what I have in the morning. :-)

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  • jackiegrandy June 20, 2013, 1:21 pm

    Hi Christine. I hope you find a beautiful pan of steel cut oats! :)

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  • Christine June 20, 2013, 9:32 pm

    They were exactly as you described. Perfecto! There will be a new pot full every few days at my house.

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  • jackiegrandy June 20, 2013, 11:27 pm

    Woo hoo! I’m glad to hear that they turned out perfect for you girl and that they’re a new breakfast staple :)

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  • Abby July 14, 2013, 8:47 pm

    Trying this tonight! I’m oatmeal obsessed and have been looking for a way to use more nutritionally beneficial steel cut oats on a daily basis.

    My favorite? A scoop of almond or peanut butter over warm oats. Holy-moly-you’ll-never-go-back.

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  • jackiegrandy July 15, 2013, 12:14 am

    Hi Abby! Definitely give this a try. It will be your new morning breakfast staple. I love the ease of it.
    OK, I’m so loving your suggestion of the peanut butter on top. That sounds SO good and a great way to get some protein in. I’m trying it tomorrow and I think I will add a banana as well. Peanut butter and banana! Great idea! xoxo, Jackie

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  • jackiegrandy July 15, 2013, 3:48 pm

    Hey Abby! Guess what? I tried your suggestion of using a dollop of peanut butter in lieu of the brown sugar and I have to say, I am hooked. It’s so good and totally makes the oats super creamy. LOVE IT! Thanks so much for the suggestion. I updated my post above and gave you credit for the suggestion! xoxo, Jackie

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  • Abby July 16, 2013, 3:34 am

    Thanks so much for the cred! :) It’s seriously one of life’s most beautiful things. I’m actually setting up my pot for the morning right now. So so excited to dig in in the morning.

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  • jackiegrandy July 16, 2013, 3:54 am

    Hey Abby! I just realized you have a website, so I updated the post and linked your name to your site! Let me know how your oats turn out! xoxo, Jackie

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  • Alex July 30, 2013, 9:06 pm

    Guys, can you help? Do you actually leave it simmer overnight on a small gas or you switch it off completely? Confused…

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  • jackiegrandy July 30, 2013, 9:42 pm

    Hi Alex! After the oats cook in the boiling water for 1 minute you completely turn off the heat. You cover the pan and let the oats sit out overnight with no heat. I hope that answers your question :) Jackie

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  • Paula August 11, 2013, 2:33 pm

    The oats came out perfectly – what a great, easy new technique! For me, with 4 cups of water, there was still a layer of water on the oats. Next time I’ll reduce the water to 3 or 3.5 cups. Thank you!

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  • jackiegrandy August 11, 2013, 7:51 pm

    Hi Paula! I’m so glad that you tried the oats and that they turned out well for you. It really is an easy way to get your oats in the morning! :) Jackie

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  • Samantha August 21, 2013, 2:02 am

    This just changed my life! I literally spend nearly an hour in the morning making my oats! I recently made the switch from old fashioned oats to steel cut so I’m still working on recipes. Thanks for this post! Also, I LOVE peanut butter in my oats!

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  • jackiegrandy August 21, 2013, 2:57 am

    Hi Samantha! I’m so happy to hear that I helped make your morning routine a bit easier. I’m such a tired camper in the morning, so I need a breakfast that is fast, tasty and easy. Yes, the peanut butter is awesome on the oats. Let me know if you have any other favorite toppings :) I’m always experimenting as well. xoxo, Jackie

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  • Anonymous August 21, 2013, 11:34 pm

    does this work if i use the Trader Joes

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  • jackiegrandy August 22, 2013, 12:50 am

    I think the ones from Trader Joes are the quick cook steel cut oats and those would not work in this recipe. This recipe is for the more traditional steel cut oats that look like tiny pellets. I linked over in the recipe to the brand that I use, but I know there are other varieties and brands out there as well. I hope that helps! xoxo, Jackie

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  • Anonymous August 23, 2013, 7:27 pm

    I was so excited to try your recipe anyways and all i had were the quick cook TJ ones and it came out delicious :) will try next time with your brand! loved this idea/recipe, never saw it before! I usually buy the frozen steel cut oatmeal from TJ and its great, but id rather have fresh oatmeal i make myself. One last question..how long can I store it in a tupperware in the fridge for?

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  • jackiegrandy August 23, 2013, 9:10 pm

    Wow, great news that it worked with the Trade Joe’s steel cut oats. Thanks so much for letting me know. I’ve never seen those particular oats in person, but they must be hearty enough to sit out overnight. I used to eat the TJ’s frozen steel cut oats all the time! That was before I discovered that I could make them easily and a lot cheaper at home. Plus I’m not a huge fan of microwaving up my food, so I like it when I can make up something on the stove.
    The oats should keep well for several days in a sealed container. I have kept mine for up to 3 days and they have tasted great. They usually don’t last past day three in my house as there are 4 of us eating them.
    If you want to make a smaller batch because your concerned about having too many leftovers then you can cut the recipe in half. Use 1/2 cup oats, 2 cups water and 1/8 tsp salt. xoxo, Jackie

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  • Lauren August 24, 2013, 3:46 am

    I tried your method after my first time trying steel cut oats took wayyy too much time, and yours are better! I love your photos, and all of the suggestions here are great! Even though they come out great, I am still a little put off by leaving wet food out at room temperature overnight. I might have to try a smaller batch where I put them in the fridge after boiling just to see if they still come out as perfect! Thanks for posting your recipes! :)
    Also, Trader Joe’s now sells their own brand of organic steel cut oats, not just the quick cooking steel cut oats. Yay!

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  • jackiegrandy August 24, 2013, 3:56 am

    Hi Lauren! Great to know that about Trader Joe’s selling regular steel cut oats, as I only thought they had the quick cooking ones, so thanks for the info. Oats and water are totally fine to leave out at room temp, it’s not like you’re leaving out any dairy or anything that would spoil, but I totally get you feeling put off by it. I’m kind of a freak when it comes to things like that as well. Try leaving it in the fridge overnight and let me know how it turns out. I’m sure it will be fine, it just might take a bit more time to heat up in the morning. Have a great night Lauren! :) xoxo, Jackie

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  • Lauren September 4, 2013, 7:24 pm

    You were right, it just takes a little more time in the morning! But I agree, it’s not something that would spoil overnight so I think I’ll stick to leaving it on the counter. I need my oatmeal ASAP! :P

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  • jackiegrandy September 7, 2013, 2:21 pm

    Hi Lauren. Thanks for reporting back. I’m glad it worked out, as it’s good to know for those people that are nervous about leaving the oats out overnight. I’m the same way as you. I need them to be quick and fast in the morning as I’m one hungry girl! xoxo, Jackie

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  • Andrea September 4, 2013, 2:57 pm

    Thank you for the recipe! This was my first time cooking steel cut oats, and with your method, they came out perfectly! I keep it simple with a small drizzle of maple syrup, a dash of cinnamon, and a splash of milk! Here’s to many happy and healthy breakfasts :)!

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  • jackiegrandy September 4, 2013, 8:19 pm

    Hi Andrea! I’m so glad that this recipe helped make your first time making steel cut oats easy. Overnight oat cooking to me is the way to go! If you like these oats, then you might want to try my hot quinoa and steel cut oat cereal. That can be made overnight as well.
    http://www.marinmamacooks.com/2013/02/hot-quinoa-and-oat-cereal-with-goji-berries/ :) Here’s to easy and healthy breakfast ideas! xoxo, Jackie

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  • Kim-ohradiogirl September 7, 2013, 7:09 am

    Hello, I’m new to the steel cut world, but I live a nutritious breakfast. Quick question, a about how many hours should the steel cut oats sit in the water? I’m going to do this during the day since I need to prepsre my breaskfast for the week. I’m assuming about 7-8 hours, but I’d like for you to confirm.

    Thanks for all of the details and suggestions. Oh, and I’ll be trying the peanut butter too. Up next, quinoa. Yay.

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  • jackiegrandy September 7, 2013, 1:49 pm

    Hi Kim! The oats need about 8 hours to sit in the water. If I were you, I would still do the overnight method and then just refrigerate the leftovers for breakfast. If you’re making them during the day and not rushing them for breakfast, then I would just make them the traditional way, as it only takes about 30 minutes. You just bring the oats to a boil (3 parts water to 1 cup oats with a pinch of salt) in the water and then let them simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, for about 20-30 minutes, depending on how chewy you want your oats to be. The overnight method is really just a time saver for people in the morning so they don’t have to make and cook the oats for 30 minutes. You will love the peanut butter addition and the overnight quinoa and oat combination. I make the oat and quinoa one on the mornings I’m going to workout as it gives me tons of energy! Let me know if you have any other questions Kim! xoxo, Jackie

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  • Erica September 19, 2013, 1:30 am

    Hi Jackie

    The overnight soaking method works beautifully. The oats only needed re-heating and were creamy and delicious.

    Thank you.

    Erica

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  • jackiegrandy September 19, 2013, 1:39 pm

    Hi Erica. Thanks for stopping back and letting me know how everything turned out for you! I’m so glad they turned out perfectly :) xoxo, Jackie

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  • jackiegrandy September 19, 2013, 9:12 pm

    Hi Erica! I’m so happy that the oats turned out so well for you! Thanks for letting me know :)

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  • SteveF September 26, 2013, 7:16 pm

    Thanks for this tip Jackie. After trying to use these as porridge oats I’d tried soaking them overnight in skimmed milk, that improved the texture by about 50% but it was still like eating pot pourri.

    I’ll try your per-cook idea tonight as I have a CostCo sized quantity in the larder looking at me smugly (thought I was buying porridge oats originally).

    My preferred add-ins are raisins, cooked with the oats so they swell, poppy seed and a little Golden Syrup (traditional in the UK with porridge).

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  • jackiegrandy September 27, 2013, 4:20 am

    Hi Steve. I hope that this method works better for you and that your oats don’t take like pot pourri :) I love raisins in my oats and cereal as well, but I have never tried the poppy seeds, sounds tasty though. Enjoy :) xoxo, Jackie

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  • Janet October 7, 2013, 3:36 am

    Hi! I just made my first batch and they are now resting. I’m so excited for tomorrow! I have a bad habit of not eating breakfast, so I am hoping if they turn out great, I will never have another excuse for skipping breakfast. :)

    I do have a question. I have a gas stove and allowed my water to boil, then poured in the oats, not reducing the heat, is that correct? I asked because in the one minute while they cooking, the water was rising and I had to turn down the heat to medium to avoid overflow, but only for the last 15 seconds. Does that happen to you? I noticed your morning picture did not show any residue on the side walls of the pot as mine did after I turned off the heat. I have the same le creuset dutch oven and I used Quaker steel cut oat, no quick oats. Just thought I’d ask since I didn’t see this in any of the above comments. Thanks!

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  • jackiegrandy October 7, 2013, 1:45 pm

    Hi Janet. I’ve been eating these oats for the past two weeks and trying then with all different toppings, as you can see from all the photographs in the post. They don’t get boring if you just keep changing out the toppings.
    I have a gas stove as well, and yes you are correct, you do not turn down the heat. Did you stir the oats when you poured them in? I always find that if my water is rising too high, I just give a quick stir and it goes down again, and if that doesn’t work I will turn down the heat a bit. The oats were just boiling for 1 minute, so you didn’t do any harm by turning down the heat. I think I even did that one time when the water was going crazy. So don’t worry girl ;)
    I think the residue you’re talking about is just the residue from the oats boiling up and really just sticky water residue. I wouldn’t worry about it. I have never used Quaker steel cut oats before so maybe they just have a bit more residue, no biggie though. I know that Bob’s red mill can leave a green film the next day, but it’s nothing to worry about, it’s just the oats, so different oats have different things that happen. I hope they turned out well for you. Please let me know!

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  • Janet October 7, 2013, 3:10 pm

    It worked!! My goodness, I was so excited. My husband even took some to work. I didn’t have time to heat them back up on the stove, so I scooped out my portion into a microwave to-go container and heated them up for about 1.5 mins. I then added Nutella, since I’m not a peanut butter fan, and DELISH! Yes, you’re so right, I can see mixing up all sorts of other toppings. Thank you so much for this recipe. You were right, the residue was just the water/oats boil, but no biggie and it was hardly noticeable in the am. Plus, because the dutch oven is so easy to clean, it just rinsed right off. Thank you again!! I have already shared your link with inquiring co-workers. ;) Have a good day!

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  • jackiegrandy October 7, 2013, 3:15 pm

    Yaay Janet! Great news! :) I knew it would turn out great for you. It’s always scary the first time you try any new recipe! I always make a recipe a few times before I post it because I know there will be different results each time and I want to try and account for those. Ok, Nutella is something I have not added to my steel cut oats, I think I may have to try that one morning, yum! Actually, that might get my kids to eat it more often :) Thanks so much for stopping back and letting me know that it was a breakfast success and also for passing on my blog to your friends! Have a wonderful week :) xoxo, Jackie

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  • Rick October 22, 2013, 4:40 pm

    I’m new to steel cut oats so I’m confused on what the texture is supposed to be like. I like my oats a little bit more thick than what you have in your pictures (those are just too runny for me) so I reduced the water level to 3 cups. Everything else I followed exactly. In the morning there was still some water on top around the outside, but the middle was puffy (like a small hill with a saturated marshy moat around it). The oats were a bit gritty/chewy and I’m not sure that texture is right – is it? Also, my wife commented on them being a bit too salty with the 1/4 tsp. of salt I added.

    I noticed the directions on McCann’s differs from yours in two ways – they don’t add salt (why do you do that exactly?) and they put the pot in the fridge overnight – why do you suggest just leaving on the stove?

    Thanks for your help if you can – I just want to get them right and start a new staple/routine in our house. My 5 yr. old daughter just LOVED helping me make them the night before – before she went to bed!! It got her so excited to wake in the morning and eat them (and she’s already usually excited to wake!)

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  • jackiegrandy October 22, 2013, 11:51 pm

    Hi Rick! Sorry to get back to you so late on this question, but I was in Pointe Reyes on an all day field trip with my son.
    Ok, first off there are so many way to cook up oats. This is just one of the many ways and the way I’ve tried. It’s the lazy man’s version to cooking oats :) Also, to be honest I’ve never even looked at the recipe on the can of oats. I just took the recipe that I used for making overnight quinoa and oats and applied it to this recipe.
    You can of course add less salt or even omit it entirely. The salt brings out the nutty flavor in the oats. Maybe you can add 1/8 of a teaspoon next time and see how that tastes?
    I’ve made these oats at least 50 times and in different pans and kitchens and I’ve never heard of the middle getting all puffy in the morning? Hmmmm…. did you stir the oats after you let them boil for a minute before you put the cover on to sit over night? Did you stir them in the morning before you re-heated them? That might just get rid of the puffiness. Maybe they just needed to be stirred again. If you’re finding that they’re too stiff in texture, then add a bit more milk or water to them in the morning when re-heating them. The water does eventually evaporate and the oats will thicken up.
    Also the oats do thicken up as they sit, especially with leftovers the next day. I have to always add milk to my oats when re-heating them.
    As far as the texture goes, steel-cut oats are not gritty, but they’re chewy and creamy in texture.
    You can totally put the covered pan in the fridge overnight if you don’t feel comfortable with them sitting out on the stove top. They will just take a bit longer to heat up in the morning, but that is it.
    Experiment with them and see what water to oat and salt ratio you like best. Also when first trying oats, you will want to sweeten them up a bit. Plain steel cut oats are pretty boring and don’t have much flavor. My kids need then topped with honey and or dark brown sugar, cinnamon or maple syrup. I love them with a big spoonful of peanut butter and some fresh berries. I love that your 5 year old helped you make these up and got excited! I love it when kids help out cooking in the kitchen, it’s the best :) So, please experiment and report back to what method you found works best. You might even want to follow the directions on the back of the can of oats and that’s totally ok! xoxo, Jackie

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  • Rick October 23, 2013, 4:33 am

    Okay – trying again tonight, except this time we’re using your exact measurements, no salt at all (we actually prefer bland oats – at least old fashioned oats taste ok bland). I made sure to time exactly ONE minute for cooking on a full boil. Afterwards I removed it from the heat and gave it a quick stir or two and put the lid on.

    Before when I said they were “puffy” I meant they looked “full” of moisture, much how I prefer my old fashioned oats after they’ve soaked up all the moisture and are soft and fluffy. That’s why it surprised me when they had some granular texture to them yesterday. More to come in the morning! (Thanks btw for replying! Can’t wait to try your pumpkin muffin pop’ems from 2012 next! Also your pumpkin sheet cake!)

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  • jackiegrandy October 23, 2013, 3:26 pm

    Hi Rick! I hope that the oats came out better on attempt number two. If the texture is still a bit watery for your liking, then just store them in a covered container and give them a try tomorrow. They honestly get super thick as leftovers. I have to add either water or almond milk to them. The pumpkin muffin poppers are delish, but best day 1 and the sheet cake is easy and moist as well. I hope you enjoy both of those recipes :) xoxo, Jackie

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  • Rick October 23, 2013, 6:02 pm

    So much better this morning! We’re going to stick with your exact measurements (minus the salt) as they certainly DID thicken up upon warming (and continued to do so after!) In my opinion they were even better after warming back up and then sitting around again for another hour or two.

    My 5 year old AND my 9 month old both approve! Thank you Jackie! (funny you were at Point Reyes yesterday, we bucked the trend and went to HMB Arata’s Pumpkin Farm for family photos – there was no one there yesterday evening!)

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  • jackiegrandy October 23, 2013, 6:15 pm

    Great news Rick! I’m so glad they worked out for you and that your whole family approved. I thought you might like them a bit more after they sat around and had time to thicken up. I had a batch of leftovers this morning for breakfast and they were tasty and perfect for this cool and foggy morning.
    Awesome that you all live local! I hear that’s a great pumpkin patch. We used to go to this great one in Sonoma when the kids were younger, but now that the kids are older, we just get the pumpkins at Paradise Foods! Lame, I know, but the kids are all about the carving now and not about the actual picking out! I hope you all got a great family photo! Thanks for stopping by and letting me know how the oats turned out! It’s always helpful for me, as well as future readers! xoxo, Jackie

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  • Fran October 22, 2013, 5:39 pm

    Hi: I just made your overnight steel cut oats and it was delicious. I gave some to my two year old and she loved it. Quick question – I had a lot leftover. Can you put it in the fridge for the next day? Have you done that before and if so, do you just warm it up the next morning or put some milk/water to it?? Thanks!! I’ve actually tried lots of your recipes – we made your skillet chicken parmesan last night!

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  • jackiegrandy October 22, 2013, 11:31 pm

    Hi Fran! Sorry to get back to you so late on this question, but I was in Pointe Reyes on an all day field trip with my son. I’m so glad that you loved the oats as well as your two year old :) Yes, you can totally put the oats in the fridge in a sealed container. Leftover oatmeal can be refrigerated for up to a week. The oats will thicken up as they sit in the fridge, so you will want to either add some milk, almond milk etc or water to thin them out when you re-heat them on the stove. I’m happy to hear that you have tried some other recipes! I hope they turned out good for you as well. I love that skillet parmesan. SO good! :) xoxo, Jackie

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  • Becki October 22, 2013, 8:57 pm

    I’m totally doing this tonight!!!!!!!!!!

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  • jackiegrandy October 22, 2013, 11:53 pm

    Yaay! I hope you love them girl :)

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  • Anonymous October 27, 2013, 1:39 pm

    from one grapenut/granola addict to another. thanks for this simple recipe. i think i can learn to do without the cereal. correction: i know i can.

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  • jackiegrandy October 27, 2013, 2:39 pm

    Yes you can! I’ve been eating these oats along with my quinoa and oats and 5 minute quinoa flake cereal for the past couple months and I’m not missing the cereal! I just top the oats with different toppings to keep it fresh! :)

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  • Amie October 29, 2013, 12:14 pm

    Great ideas for steel cut oats (SCOs)! My family is not so fond of the “sweet” versions of oats so I make ours more “savory”. I’ll add salt/pepper and a poached egg on top. They gobble it up. Also, I have an electronic pressure cooker and cooking the SCOs is a breeze: 1 cup of SCOs, 1 cup of water and 9 minutes on high. I walk away and wake my kids for school and Voila…breakfast is served by the time they come downstairs.

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  • jackiegrandy November 6, 2013, 1:36 pm

    Hi Amie! I wish I had a pressure cooker, wow, just 9 minutes, can’t beat that. I never thought about topping the oats with an egg, but I’m sure it would be amazing. I mean I tried peanut butter in my oats and now I’m hooked, so the egg is next. Thanks for the suggestion! xoxo, Jackie

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  • Jessica November 6, 2013, 11:07 am

    Hi, I am only need enough for one breakfast, could I refrigerate the rest for another day?
    Or if I just reduce the amount would it still work out as well?
    Thanks for the great recipe, looking forward to hearing your advice :)

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  • jackiegrandy November 6, 2013, 1:40 pm

    Hi Jessica! I usually just make these oats for myself, as I’m the one who is totally hooked on them. I make the regular sized batch and then re-heat portions for the next few days. You can totally put the oats in the fridge in a sealed container. Leftover oatmeal can be refrigerated for up to a week. The oats will thicken up as they sit in the fridge, so you will want to either add some milk, almond milk etc or water to thin them out when you re-heat them on the stove. It’s nice to make one big batch because then you just have to re-heat the oats in the morning. I usually make a batch on Sunday night and then I have oats all week. I hope you love them and try them with topped with some peanut butter, so good! xoxo, Jackie

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  • disorderlyCNA November 14, 2013, 1:46 am

    This was very good, easy to make and delicious. I use Bob’s Red Mill Steel Cut Oats (local NW product that won the Golden Spurtle). So good. . .bananas and brown sugar on top! I can feel my LDL levels dropping as we speak!

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  • Gloria November 24, 2013, 7:46 pm

    Wouldn’t they be tastier with milk or almond milk, etc…?

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  • jackiegrandy November 24, 2013, 7:49 pm

    They actually taste great with just the water and I don’t feel comfortable leaving the oats out overnight sitting in milk, so water just works for this recipe. You can totally add milk to the oats in the morning if you want, but they really taste great as is, at least to me! :) Give them a try! xoxo, Jackie

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  • true north December 11, 2013, 1:49 pm

    You just made my day…..This actually was so simple and I cant believe I never thought of it before. Saves so much time. Thanks!

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  • Rachel @LittleChefBigAppetite December 19, 2013, 9:51 pm

    This is incredible! I love steel cut oats for breakfast but I never eat them during the week because they take too long in the morning! I will definitely try this!

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  • Alina December 26, 2013, 7:22 am

    Great method! Thank you. I have tried it and it worked perfectly.
    Question: How would it work for oat groats? How long would I have to cook it for before leaving it overnight? I am thinking maybe 15 minutes of simmering?
    Thank you.

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  • jackiegrandy December 28, 2013, 3:07 pm

    Hi Alina! Glad you tried this method and that it worked for you :) Hmmm…. I’ve never cooked or tried oat groats, so I really can’t say how long they need to cook for. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help! xoxo, Jackie

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  • Corey December 28, 2013, 9:21 pm

    Thanks for this recipe. Very helpful way to save time in making steel cut oats.

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  • jackiegrandy December 29, 2013, 3:10 pm

    You’re so welcome Corey! :)

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  • Jackie December 30, 2013, 12:22 pm

    Love the overnite recipe. Have used quaker oats for years and in the overnite recipe?

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  • David January 9, 2014, 4:02 pm

    Love this recipe. I always bought oatmeal in my office cafe for b/f. But after seeing your recipe, i tried it yesterday and I love it.

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  • jackiegrandy January 9, 2014, 8:13 pm

    Hi David! Yaay! I’m so glad that you made the steel cut oats and loved them and I’m also happy to hear that you’re going to be saving yourself some money by making breakfast at home! Thanks for letting me know :) xoxo, Jackie

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  • RP January 12, 2014, 4:05 am

    This recipe looks amazing. Will it still work if my saucepan lid has a vent hole?

    Thanks!

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  • jackiegrandy January 12, 2014, 3:25 pm

    Hmmm…. I honestly don’t know the answer to that question. Can you close the vent hole on your saucepan or use another lid?

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  • jeanne January 13, 2014, 11:54 pm

    If you double or triple the amount of oats will this still turn out? I am thinking of making this for a girls weekend, but need to plan for 8 ladies…. Thank you looks delicious!

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  • jackiegrandy January 13, 2014, 11:57 pm

    Hi Jeanne! Yes, you can totally double the amounts! Just make sure that you have a large pan! :)

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  • SwimMomRuns January 14, 2014, 5:52 am

    Hi, Jackie,
    Love your website and photos. I make your overnight oatmeal a lot for my teen swimmers. I always double the recipe without any problems. Turns out great. Thanks for all the wonderful recipes with beautiful photos. My brother-in-law and his family live in San Mateo–you are all so lucky to live in such a gorgeous area! We live by the Dunes near Lake Michigan, so it’s not too bad for Indiana. Take care. ~ Brenda H., Chesterton, IN

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  • jackiegrandy January 14, 2014, 2:25 pm

    Hi Brenda! I’m so glad you stopped by to say hi and I’m happy to hear that you make this oatmeal all the time for your teens :) I’m sure there are some early mornings in your house with swim team and all. :)
    San Mateo is just 40 minutes from here. Beautiful! I do love living here. I grew up in upstate NY and then lived in RI, DC and then MN before moving here and I have to say that this is one of my fave places. I’m still in awe everytime I cross the Golden Gate Bridge! It also sounds like you live in a beautiful place as well. I love Lake Michigan and the midwest is just gorgeous. We visit MN every summer and there is nothing prettier. It’s so green in comparison to CA in the summer! Have a blissful week and thanks so much for saying hi! xoxo, Jackie :)

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  • Kathleen January 15, 2014, 6:44 am

    My new daily breakfast. I add a little almond butter, raw honey, and sometimes strawberries…Yum! I don’t know why I never thought of adding almond butter before? Thanks for the suggestion! I have been looking for an easier/faster way to have steel cut oats. This is it. Thanks so much! I am new to your blog and am loving it! Good luck with the new job!

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  • jackiegrandy January 15, 2014, 6:50 am

    Hi Kathleen! Awesome! I’m so happy you’re loving the steel cuts oats in the morning! Almond butter and peanut butter totally make the oats. It takes it to a whole new level! I’m so happy that you’re enjoying the blog and I hope you find many more recipes to try! Thanks for wishing me good luck on the new job. So far, so good :) xoxo, Jackie

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  • Rachel @ LittleChefBigAppetite January 18, 2014, 3:18 am

    I did this last night and it worked perfectly! I was amazed! This is a big game changer – thank you!

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  • jackiegrandy January 20, 2014, 3:06 am

    Hi Rachel! Yaay! So glad that you loved this :) xoxo, Jackie

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  • Morgan January 25, 2014, 4:11 pm

    This made perfect oatmeal! I’m so excited cause I hated waiting 30 minutes for my breakfast and would end up eating whatever was closest in the meantime! Thanks for an awesome recipe!

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  • jackiegrandy January 27, 2014, 1:37 am

    You’re so welcome Morgan! I’m so happy to hear that you loved this oatmeal! It was a game changer for me as well :) xoxo, Jackie

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  • Marie-Anne January 29, 2014, 2:44 am

    I tried this way of making oatmeal and love it ,we now eat oatmeal twice a week instead of twice a year ,great new way of starting my day ,thank-you for sharing

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  • Marie-Anne Besner January 29, 2014, 2:50 am

    Tried this two weeks ago and love it ,I never cared to much for oatmeal but this was so easy to make ,I’ve done it 4 times now and will continue to do it a couple times a week ,thanks for sharing

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  • jackiegrandy February 3, 2014, 3:08 pm

    Hi Marie-Anne! I’m so happy that this recipe turned you around to oatmeal :) xoxo, Jackie

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  • Anonymous February 1, 2014, 10:46 pm

    Thanks so much for this recipe. I always wanted to switch to steel cut oats but didn’t want the hassle of the long cooking time. This worked perfectly for me!! Great to wake up to breakfast already prepared:)

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  • jackiegrandy February 3, 2014, 3:09 pm

    Yaay! You’re so welcome! I’m so happy that this recipe worked perfectly for you :) xoxo, Jackie

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  • TampaDude February 2, 2014, 3:39 pm

    Thermos method. Put oats and boiling water in a thermos at night. They will be perfect in the morning.

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  • jackiegrandy February 3, 2014, 3:04 pm

    Thanks so much for the great idea! :)

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  • pixiedust February 9, 2014, 2:57 am

    I’m going to do mine with milk, maple syrup, and top with toasted almonds:) yummm. I’d love to try with berries but I only buy them when they’re in season. Anyway can’t wait to try this in the morning, and love the post–very helpful :)

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  • pixiedust February 9, 2014, 2:48 pm

    Update: eating it now and it’s absolutely delicioussss! I’ll be using this method every time I make it! :)

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  • jackiegrandy February 9, 2014, 4:00 pm

    Yaay! I’m so glad you love the oats girl! I’m the same way, I only use the fresh berries when in season, and I can’t wait till this summer to eat them again. In the winter I use goji berries, rasins, bananas, apples etc. I also love topping them with a nut butter, yum! Have a happy Sunday! :) xoxo, Jackie

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  • nicole February 26, 2014, 3:13 pm

    Hi! Quick question do I have to heat it up all the time or that’s just base of preference depending on if you like your ceral.

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  • jackiegrandy March 6, 2014, 12:55 am

    Hi Nicole! I always heat up my leftover oats just because it’s a personal preference, but you don’t have to. :)

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  • Caitlin March 8, 2014, 3:47 pm

    Could I add cacao powder to this? If so, would it be best to do it after I heat it up the following morning? Thanks! =)

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  • jackiegrandy March 9, 2014, 12:14 am

    Hi Caitlin! I would just add the cacao powder to your bowl of oats the next morning with your other toppings. :)

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  • Anonymous March 9, 2014, 11:17 am

    Is the serving per person 1 cup?

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  • jackiegrandy March 10, 2014, 2:03 am

    I think it’s 1 cup, but I haven’t measured it. I usually get 4 servings (4 days of breakfast) from one batch if that helps. :)

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  • JoAnn March 14, 2014, 5:43 pm

    Thanks for sharing your recipe on steel cut oat, I had been buying a frozen brand for several months, where I was purchasing they have stopped selling it what a bummer. I know, it would be cheaper for me to make???? So I came across your blog and reading what others have posted, I will be giving this a try, also, like the Idea it will be ready for me for several days. Can’t wait.

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  • mandie-lynn March 21, 2014, 1:27 pm

    Absolutely amazing!! Made a pot last night! Woke up to a perfect pot this AM

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  • jackiegrandy March 23, 2014, 5:06 pm

    Awesome Mandie! I’m so glad you loved the oats. I acutally made up a batch this weekend and topped it with my fave peanut butter, fresh strawberries and blueberries. It’s the best! :)

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  • Theresa Boles April 25, 2014, 1:54 pm

    Thank you so much this is the first time I have fixed steel cut oats, I have had them here at the house for a while but the time I had heard that it takes to make them had put me off. Then last night I found your method on pinterest and it looked so easy and the reviews were good I choose your way and I very happy I did the oats were so good even my Mother loved them and she is so unwilling to try new things.

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  • jackiegrandy April 26, 2014, 7:48 pm

    Awesome Theresa! I’m so happy to hear that your first time fixing up steel cut oats was a success and that your mother loved them as well. Thanks so much for letting me know :) xoxo, Jackie

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  • Neal April 28, 2014, 4:21 am

    Don’t wander away while cooking! Lawdee what a stink! And it took for ever to clean out of my Le Creuset. But I salvaged the pan and make a weeks worth of oatmeal this way. Warm it up a dish at a time – honey, cinnamon, splash of lowfat milk and strawberries, or my new fave – softcooked egg, cheese and leftover greens (spinach, kale, just stir it in).

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  • Ael May 26, 2014, 10:43 pm

    Is it okay to put them in the fridge overnight? I’d really rather not my father-in-law, the clean freak, thinking he can toss what is sitting on the stove, out, should he come into the kitchen once my husband and I are in bed!

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  • jackiegrandy May 30, 2014, 3:21 am

    Hi Ael! Sorry for the late response! I was out of town and unplugged from the computer. Yes, it’s ok to put the oats in the fridge overnight. It just might take a few minutes more to re-heat them in the morning! Enjoy! xoxo, Jackie

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  • Sandy May 27, 2014, 12:07 pm

    I’m so grateful to you for this recipe. I followed your simple instructions and the next morning, the steel cut oats were perfect. I want to eat more oatmean because of the high silica content…it’s a vital ingredient for skin, hair, nails and joints! Now I can have my bowl of oatmeal in the morning!
    I tried the overnight in crockpot method and it came out like glue. This is perfect. Thanks!

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  • jackiegrandy May 30, 2014, 3:20 am

    Hi Sandy! Yaay! Great news! I’m so glad that your oats turned out perfect! I made these 3 nights in a row for my girlfriends on our recent trip, and they were shocked by how easy it was to make each night! Thanks for taking the time to comment and let me know how they turned out for you! Have a great weekend! xoxo, Jackie

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  • kazy May 27, 2014, 3:39 pm

    Hi, I just made the steel cut oats overnight . I did this before coming to your blog as I already had instructions on how to do it and what I did was basically what your instructions above say to do. However, I didn’t know about the tap water so when I woke up, there was the green color. I did a quick google search and found your site and was relieved to find out that it comes from using nonfiltered water, which is all I have, but instead of reading further where I was supposed to scrape it off, I mixed it in with oatmeal and now I feel I’ve ruined everything. Is it safe to eat even though I mixed it all in together?

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  • jackiegrandy May 30, 2014, 3:10 am

    Hi Kazy! Sorry to get back to you so late in the game on this, but I was out of town and took a vacation from the computer. You’re fine to eat the oats with the green residue. Actually, my girlfriend said that it’s good for you, so there you go. I scrape it off because it just doesn’t look that appetizing to me. I use filtered water because I just don’t want to deal with the green residue, and I recommend using filtered water to my readers because I know people might be freaked out to see green residue on thier oats. Most people will think that it’s mold. I hope you didn’t throw away your oats! xoxo, Jackie

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  • Erica June 2, 2014, 10:19 pm

    This might seem dumb, but could I warm it up in the microwave, too? Or does it have to be done on the stove the next morning?

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  • jackiegrandy June 2, 2014, 11:10 pm

    Hi Erica! Did you ever hear the phrase that there is never a dumb question? :) You can take out the oats that you want to eat and put them in a bolw and microwave them! Totally! I hope you enjoy them :) xoxo, Jackie

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  • Dianna June 3, 2014, 6:28 pm

    Thank you for this recipe! We had it this morning and enjoyed it quite a lot. I used tap water, but I stirred in two tablespoons of buttermilk after boiling and had no problems with it turning green.

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  • jackiegrandy June 3, 2014, 6:46 pm

    Awesome Dianna! I’m super happy to hear that your oats turned out well! :) I have used tap water before and haven’t had an issue either, but I have had readers that have, so I guess it just depends on your local water supply. I actually made a batch of oats last night and topped them with fresh strawberries and peanut butter this morning. My FAVES! :) xoxo, Jackie

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  • Matt Nelko June 5, 2014, 9:47 am

    I like to put a heaping spoonful (REALLY heaping) of virgin coconut oil in my oatmeal, along with either honey (if I’m in a sweet mood) or peanut butter (if I’m in a savory mood). AMAZING!!!

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  • mari June 14, 2014, 3:30 pm

    So disappointed with the “print friendly” option – it printed out every single picture and comment you posted – what a waste of expensive colored cartridge inks, when all I wanted was the text of the recipe :(

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  • jackiegrandy June 24, 2014, 1:22 pm

    Hi Mari! So sorry to hear that you had to waste all of that paper and ink! In the printer friendly option, you can click the button where it says remove images and you can also delete print, such as the top part of the post. I would acutally recommend priting from the ziplist recipe at the bottom instead. It prints a nice recipe page with a border. It’s compact and one page. I keep the printer friendly option on the blog for my older posts that don’t have the ziplist recipe at the bottom! I hope that helps Mari! xoxo, Jackie

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  • edith July 18, 2014, 3:08 pm

    Was anxious
    to try using steel oats and the only ones I saw at the store were the quick cook ones. Can I use this reciepe for them?

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  • jackiegrandy July 18, 2014, 4:18 pm

    Hi Edith! I don’t think quick cook oats will work with this recipe. Steel cut oats look like little pellets and they are very hard in texture, so they need a while to break down. I would cook the quick cook oats the way they suggest on the package. Keep your eye out for steel cut oats, they do carry them at most grocery stores and I think even Target has them. Let me know if you have any questions. xoxo, Jacquelyn

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  • Susan Johnson July 21, 2014, 10:10 pm

    I made the oats last night. Perfect! Thank you so much for all the advice. My add-ins were blueberries, walnuts, raisins and cranberries.

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  • jackiegrandy July 21, 2014, 10:32 pm

    Hi Susan! I’m so glad that the recipe was a success for you! Thanks so much for letting me know! Your additions sound wonderful :)

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