Overnight Refrigerator Steel Cut Oats with Chia and Strawberries
If you’re looking for an easy, healthy, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, grab and go breakfast that will keep you full for hours, then you have to try these overnight refrigerator steel cut oats with chia and strawberries. This is my go-to travel and weekend breakfast. I make these oats all the time to take to Tahoe, so I have an easy breakfast to eat in the car on the way to the slopes.
This is basically a “grab-and-go” breakfast which is perfect for those busy mornings! It’s ULTRA EASY to make, (takes just 5 minutes) and is ready to go in the morning! All you have to do in the morning is open your refrigerator, grab the jar of oats, twist off the lid, give the oats a stir and dig in! How easy is that?
I also just created a recipe for these oats with yogurt as well, so you’re getting 2 recipes in one! Yippee!
These oats also sustain you and keep you full longer, which is always a bonus right? They’ll keep the mid-morning cravings to a minimum! The steel cut oats soften up overnight and have a nice chewy texture, which I happen to love. Did you know that chewing your food for 30 seconds is the first step in digestion, and it aids in digestion, as it helps break down your food, so not only do you feel fuller faster, but your body is better able to digest the food. Chewing also helps stimulate your lymph nodes. So chew your food peeps!
This is also a great “grab-and-go-travel” breakfast! I make a jar or two of these oats and take them with me to Tahoe. I always feel great starting out the day with a power fueled, energy packed breakfast for a day of skiing on the slopes!
These oats are perfect for taking with you on the airplane as well. I recently took these oats with me on a red-eye flight, so I didn’t have to eat the airport food for breakfast! I packed the oats up in this cute little 1-cup glass storage container from Lifefactory, made it through security, and was one happy camper come breakfast time. I was eating Marin mama food and not airport food! 🙂
These refrigerator oats are chock-full of healthy ingredients, fats, protein and fiber. They’re the perfect and easy way to start your day, and will help keep your blood sugar regulated!
These oats have good stuff going on;
- Almond milk- Almond milk is chock-full of protein and healthy fats! You can really use any sort of milk, nut milk, cows milk, goat milk or coconut milk in this recipe.
- Steel-cut oats- Steel cut oats restore and calm the nervous system, have beneficial effects on blood sugar, lower cholesterol and regulate weight.
- Chia seeds – Chia seeds are an excellent source of anti-inflammatory Omega-3 fatty acids. They are high in fiber and contain more protein than most plant foods. They also contain more calcium than milk.
- Unsweetened coconut- Unsweetened coconut is is full of healthy fats.
- Strawberries – Strawberries are chock full of antioxidants, vitamin C and are one of the best fruit sources of manganese.
Really, this recipe is a base. You can add in any type of milk, fruit or sweeter of choice! I love this particular combination of fresh strawberries, coconut and maple syrup, as it tastes to me a bit like strawberry shortcake! I also think ripe cherries would be amazing as well.
Ok, let’s make us up some overnight refrigerator oats!
Overnight Refrigerator Steel Cut Oats With Chia and Strawberries:
almond milk version:
- 1/2 cup almond milk, oat milk, coconut, or nut milk of choice – I used my homemade vanilla almond milk
- 1/4 cup regular or gluten-free steel cut oats, or rolled oats
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds – I love this brand from Nutiva
- pinch of pink Himalayan sea salt
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut – I love this brand from Let’s Do Organic
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
- Optional but recommended – 1 tablespoon goji berries
- Optional, but recommmend- 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
- 1/2 cup sliced fresh strawberries, or smashed raspberries, or/4 of my blackberry chia compote – no added sugar
- Scoop of peanut butter or almond butter in the morning before you consume them. I also love this tahini with dates from SoCo, use code mmcooks15 for 15% off.
- 1/2 cup Noosa coconut yogurt – you can use any type of yogurt, but Noosa is amazingly creamy and rich! Also, feel free to use any of their flavors as well
- 1/4 cup regular or gluten-free steel cut oats, or rolled oats
- 1 tablespoon chia seed
- 1 – 2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
- sliced fresh strawberries – I used about 4 medium-sized strawberries
Below are all the ingredients you will need for the almond milk version!
Get out a small glass jar with a lid, or glass container with a lid. I love these 12-ounce glass mason jars from Ball. I use them in our kitchen as drinking glasses, but I also use them to store just about anything from nuts to salad dressings, leftovers, you name it! They rock!
Pour in the almond milk, oats, chia seed, sea salt, coconut, maple syrup, and give the mixture a good stir. If you’re adding hemp seeds or goji berries, add them at this time too.
Stir in the strawberries and give it another good stir. Put the lid on, and store it in the refrigerator till morning. Yep, that’s all there is to it! Easy peasy!
Note: You don’t have to make this up right before bed, you can make it up in the afternoon as well. I usually make it up while I’m prepping dinner.
As you can see, the mixture will thicken up overnight, so if you want it thinner, add more milk.
Make sure to give the oatmeal a good stir before consuming!
My favorite way to eat this, is to heat up the oats in the microwave using the same jar. I top it with a big dollop of peanut butter, or almond butter and then microwave it for 60 seconds. Make sure to give it a big stir after!
Feel free to add in what you wish to these oats, because like I said, this is a base recipe. If you want them sweeter, by all means sweeten them up. I’m not a huge sweet tooth, so I tend to like things a bit more unsweetened than the majority!
Here’s a version similar to these oats, but with buckwheat groats. Overnight refrigerator buckwheat groats.
I also have another amazing overnight oats that takes 3 minutes to toss together. GF overnight oats with hemp and chia.
Here’s another easy grab and go breakfast, vegan vanilla coconut chia pudding. I feel alive after eating this breakfast and don’t feel weighed down in the least. I also have great energy for my workouts.
Since strawberries are in season and we’re using them in this recipe, here’s my post on how to keep strawberries fresh! I do this all the time and I never find myself tossing strawberries!
If you’re looking for a hot overnight breakfast, then this is the blog for you, as I’m all about overnight oats and quinoa!
I love breakfast so I have a few different variations.
Try my easy overnight steel cut oats. This is the simple and classic way to enjoy steel cut oats.
Don’t feel like oats, then try my overnight buckwheat porridge.
Hot quinoa and steel cut oats. It’s a 3 ingredient blend of quinoa, oats and a touch of sea salt and can be made the night before in under 6 minutes! Simple and nutritious!
Toasted overnight steel cut oats. Toasting the oats in butter or coconut oil adds a new depth of flavor and richness, as well as a chewier and nuttier taste and texture. Double YUM!
Hot quinoa and oat cereal with goji berries. This is another overnight cereal that’s packed with the heartiness of steel cut oats and the protein of quinoa.
5 minute hot quinoa cereal. Yes, this literally takes 5 minutes from start to finish! So easy and so tasty!
If you have leftover quinoa, then you need to try my 5 minute warm quinoa cereal.
If you’re looking for a grain-free, gluten-free, vegan and paleo warm porridge then you have to try my grain-free, paleo, vegan breakfast porridge. It’s loaded with healthy Omega 3 and Omega 6 fats, contains tons of fiber, antioxidants, magensisum, and minerals. It takes only 10 minutes to make from start to finish, and the best part is that it’s low in carbs, and a warm, tasty and satisfying way to start the day. It will also give you the necessary fuel to get you through your morning.