Overnight Steel-Cut Oats

These overnight steel-cut oats are the ultimate make-ahead breakfast. Make a batch for the whole family, or store the extra servings in the fridge to eat throughout the week. We love these creamy steel-cut oats topped with honey, bananas and raspberries, but any sweetener, chopped fruit or nut topping will work well.

a recipe photo of the Overnight Steel-Cut Oats served in jars
Photo: Photographer: Jen Causey, Food Stylist: Ruth Blackburn
Active Time:
20 mins
Chill Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs 50 mins


  • 3 cups water

  • 3 cups unsweetened almond milk

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 ½ cups steel-cut oats (see Tip)

  • 1 tablespoon honey


  1. Combine water, almond milk, vanilla and salt in a large saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. (Watch carefully to ensure the mixture doesn't boil over.)

  2. Once the mixture is boiling, reduce heat to medium and add oats; cook, stirring constantly, until the oats just begin to soften and absorb some of the liquid, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat, cover the pot and let the mixture cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Transfer to an airtight container or keep in the same pot; refrigerate covered, for at least 8 hours or up to 12 hours.

  3. Transfer to a large saucepan, if necessary. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; cook, stirring often, until the mixture has thickened and the oats have softened, about 10 minutes. Drizzle with honey before serving.

To make ahead

Refrigerate cooled cooked oats airtight for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 2 months (thaw in the fridge overnight). To reheat, transfer to a microwave-safe container and microwave on High until hot, 3 to 5 minutes. Drizzle with honey and add desired toppings before serving.


People with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity should use oats that are labeled "gluten-free," as oats are often cross-contaminated with wheat and barley.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

270 Calories
6g Fat
46g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 cup
Calories 270
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Total Sugars 6g
Added Sugars 4g 8%
Protein 8g 16%
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Vitamin A 375IU 8%
Vitamin D 75IU 19%
Vitamin E 7mg 49%
Sodium 279mg 12%
Calcium 344mg 26%
Iron 3mg 17%
Magnesium 2mg 0%
Potassium 34mg 1%
Zinc 1mg 9%
Vitamin B12 2mcg 83%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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