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Steel-Cut Oats With Maple Syrup And Cinnamon

UPDATE: This post originally ran on October 29th but we were craving a warm, healthy breakfast this weekend so we wanted to share it again!

The first time I ever tried to make steel cut oats, I was in a hurry. I threw them in the microwave for a minute or two, expecting them to be all done when I took them out. Nope. It turns out that steel-cut oats are different from your average rolled oats in that they’re minimally processed – which is why they take much longer to cook. I don’t always have 15-30 minutes to make breakfast in the morning, so I thought that steel-cut oats would be out of the picture for me… but then I discovered that they can be made overnight.

Why steel-cut over rolled oats, though? Before they’re packaged, rolled oats are steamed, rolled, steamed once more, and then toasted, whereas steel-cut oats are just chopped and then ready to go. Since they’re less processed, steel-cut oats have a lower glycemic index than rolled oats, which means they won’t cause your blood sugar to spike as much after eating. They’re also slightly lower in calories and completely free of sugar (as long as you purchase ones with no added sugar). Sounds good to me! :)

Here’s how you make steel-cut oats overnight:

Steel-cut oats

Serves 1-2

1 cup steel cut oats
½ tablespoon coconut oil
3 cups water
¼ cup almond milk
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Overnight steel-cut oats


1. Melt coconut oil in a medium saucepan on low heat. Add oats, stirring to coat.

2. Turn heat to medium and let cook for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. (This part will fill your home with the loveliest coconut/oat scent!)

3. Add water and bring to a boil.

4. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, then remove from heat.

5. Pour oats and leftover water into a glass jar. Cover with a lid and let sit overnight.

6. In the morning, your oats will be ready to go! Reheat them in a saucepan, add in almond milk, maple syrup, and cinnamon, and enjoy!

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Eva -October 29, 2013, 9:07AM

Yes, that happened to me the very first time I made them…it took 20/30 min when I wanted them in a quick 5. They are so good for you and keep you nice and full. this looks DELICOUS!! :) huge fan of steel cut oats <3 Thanks Bridgette!

Liz -October 29, 2013, 9:37AM

You can also use a slow cooker, but I think I like this method better. I would use honey, since I am not vegan and do not like maple. Yep, I am lame, but that flavor is not for me.

JuleneTheGypsy -October 29, 2013, 2:07PM

That looks absolutely delicious!

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Emmylee -October 29, 2013, 6:57PM

How funny that you just posted this because I just started eating them last Monday and have already gone through a can and a half. I eat them every morning with cut up apples and cinnamon. great post and so delicious!
Emmy lee

Alexa Sonken {Invitations for Creatives} -October 30, 2013, 12:27AM

Love oatmeal! Keeps me full and is a great hearty start to my day! Steel cut are the best :)

Vanessa -November 7, 2013, 4:48PM

This sounds amazing! And… I happen to have all of these ingredients right now. Perfect!

Michaela -December 1, 2013, 1:26PM

Are the prepared oats left on the counter overnight or do they need to be refrigerated?

Erin Hawkins -December 1, 2013, 5:24PM

This looks sooo yummy! I must try this! -December 2, 2013, 4:33AM


Juliette Laura -December 2, 2013, 3:30PM

Oh this looks so delicious! Yum!

xo, Juliette Laura

Jessi Larson -December 2, 2013, 5:24PM

I have never had steel cut oats before. Sound pretty good. I make all of my own beans from dried so this shouldn’t be any more of a hassle.

Claudia -March 8, 2014, 12:24AM

This looks delicious especially with the coconut oil but aren’t you supposed to soak steelcut oatmeal overnight to reduce the phylates?

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