I love oatmeal as much as the next girl. What I don’t love? Getting up 30 minutes early to stand at the stove and stir it. Enter: overnight oatmeal. I’ve seen a few recipes floating around for overnight oatmeal bowls, where all you do is simply add oats, milk or water, and whatever else you choose (chia seeds, vanilla, honey, coconut, yogurt) to a bowl, cover, and let it sit overnight to soften up. In the morning you wake up to a healthy breakfast without all the work! The recipes I’ve seen for the most part involve rolled oats, but I decided to use steel-cut in this one, simply because I prefer it, and because of the supposed added health benefits. If I’m using all my willpower to choose oatmeal over say, Cinnamon Toast Crunch or Frosted Flakes, then it better be worth it, right?! Having said that, if you prefer your oatmeal to be softer (steel-cut is definitely chewy in texture, especially when made this way — it’s like a mix between oatmeal/crunchy cereal), then go ahead and substitute in rolled oats.
1 cup steel-cut oats
1 cup milk (plus about 1/4 cup per serving added in the morning)
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp chia seeds
1/3 cup sweetened coconut flakes
Toppings: mixed berries, extra coconut (optional), sliced almonds
In a bowl, mix together oats, milk, vanilla, brown sugar, chia seeds and coconut flakes. Stir to combine, cover and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, place each serving in a bowl, top with additional milk (I used about 1/4 cup per serving) and microwave on high approximately 1-2 minutes to soften up oats additionally (very important step!). Top with berries, almonds, and extra coconut, if you are a coconut addict like me. Serves 3-4.
The possibilities are endless with this one: banana, walnuts and honey? Yes, please. Apples and cinnamon? Don’t mind if I do! Enjoy!!