easy overnight steel cut oats
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This is seriously one of the easiest ways to cook up steel cut oats and I bet this will change your morning breakfast routine.
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 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 - you can also use gluten-free steel cut oats, but make sure they're certified gluten-free oats
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  1. Get out a medium saucepan, soup pan or Dutch oven and pour in the 4 cups water.
  2. Turn the heat to high and bring the water to a rapid boil.
  3. When the water comes to a full boil, pour in the steel cut oats and salt.
  4. 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. .
  5. After one minute, turn off the heat, give the oats a quick stir, cover and then let them sit out overnight.
  6. In the morning uncover the oats and turn the heat onto medium.
  7. 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.
  8. Ladle the oats into a bowl and top with your favorite fixings. I always top my oats with some peanut butter, chia seeds and whatever fresh fruit is in season! Yum!
  9. Got leftovers? Store the leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge. Leftover oats will last 2-3 days. To re-heat the leftovers, just put the oats in a sauce pan, over medium-low heat. The oats will thicken as they sit in the fridge, so you'll definitely want to add a bit of water or milk to thin them up as they're cooking. I always add a bit of almond milk to my leftover oats.
Recipe by Marin Mama Cooks at https://marinmamacooks.com/2013/06/easy-overnight-steel-cut-oats/