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This recipe for strawberry vanilla overnight oats uses steel cut oats, is super simple to make, and is loaded with nutrition. Best part? No cooking necessary!

white bowl with steel cut oatmeal topped with sliced strawberries, mint leaves, pecans, and peanut butter

Have you tried making overnight oats before? They were a LIFESAVER for me during those 5am wakeup calls when I was training to become a dietitian. Even now, anytime I have an early morning wakeup call, you can bet I’m whipping up some overnight oatmeal the night before.

While in the past I always used old fashioned rolled oats, I’ve always wondered if I could possibly make overnight oats using steel cut oatmeal instead. If you’ve ever wondered the same thing – I hope this Strawberry Vanilla Overnight Steel Cut Oats recipe can show you that it is, in fact, totally possible 🙂

In this post we’ll cover:

I hope you enjoy these healthy overnight oats as much as I do!

white bowl with steel cut oatmeal topped with sliced strawberries, mint leaves, pecans, and peanut butter

How To Make Overnight Steel Cut Oats

Overnight oatmeal is one of the THE easiest things to make! There is zero cooking involved – something that I can always get behind.

All you need to do is mix oats with water or your milk of choice, put it in the fridge the night before, and breakfast will be ready in the morning. That said, I usually like to add in ingredients like nuts, seeds, fresh fruit, and spices for extra flavour and nutrition.

For this particular recipe, I mixed steel cut oats with chia seeds, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and almond milk. The next morning, I topped the oats with strawberries, peanut butter, fresh mint, and cacao nibs.

That said, feel free to use the base recipe and switch up the toppings as you desire (or with the seasons). Your options are endless for this grab-and-go breakfast!

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How To Store Overnight Oats

These steel cut overnight oats can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. I love making a large batch of them, portioning them out, and having breakfast ready to go for a few days! They’re truly one of my favourite recipes to meal prep.

There’s no need to reheat these oats, as they’re meant to be enjoyed cold. That said, if you prefer them hot you can always heat them in the microwave before eating. Just be sure to add the toppings after doing so!

Two glass mason jars with overnight steel cut oatmeal, strawberries, and greek yogurt

Steel Cut Oats Nutrition Facts

Steel cut oats are not only so hearty and satisfying, but they’re jam-packed with nutrition benefits, too! Steel cut oats are:

  • a great source of soluble fibre, which helps to slow digestion, promote satiety, lower cholesterol, and improve blood sugar control
  • a great source of micronutrients, like B vitamins, vitamin E, manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, iron, zinc, and folate

What’s The Difference Between Steel Cut & Rolled Oats?

Steel cut oats have a similar nutrition profile to regular old fashioned/rolled oats, with the main difference lying in their level of processing.

Steel cut oats are simply “oat groats” that have been cut into smaller pieces, compared to being rolled flat. This is why they take a bit longer to cook and have a more dense and chewy texture.

If you want to learn more about the different types of oatmeal, it’s nutrition benefits, and my favourite brands of oatmeal to purchase, be sure to check out this post all about oatmeal!

white bowl with steel cut oatmeal topped with sliced strawberries, mint leaves, pecans, and peanut butter

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Get the Recipe: Strawberry Vanilla Overnight Steel Cut Oats

This Strawberry Vanilla Overnight Steel Cut Oatmeal is an easy and nutritious grab-and-go breakfast option. No cooking necessary!
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Ingredients

Overnight oatmeal:

Toppings:

  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced (1/2 cup per serving)
  • 4 Tbsp nut butter (1 Tbsp per serving)
  • Optional: sprinkle of fresh mint, nuts, scoop of plain greek yogurt, or drizzle maple syrup for sweetness

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, add steel cut oats, chia seeds, and ground cinnamon. Give ingredients a quick stir.
  • Then, add in milk and vanilla extract. Whisk ingredients together well.
  • Mixture can be separated into 4 glass jars and toppings can be added immediately. Alternatively, the entire mixture can remain in the one large bowl and toppings can be added when serving.
  • Whichever method you choose – cover jars or bowl and keep in the fridge overnight (or for a minimum of 4 hours) to let the oats soak. Final product can be kept in the fridge up to 5 days!

Notes

*Feel free to use the overnight oatmeal base as is, then adjust toppings as desired. There are endless varieties to this recipe, which makes it perfect to switch up with the seasons. No more boring oatmeal, guaranteed!
*This recipe can be made vegan by using any plant-based milk
*Recipe can also be made gluten-free by using certified gluten-free oats 

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