Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Strawberry, banana and honey overnight steel cut oats

Overnight oatmeal makes breakfast super fast and easy. That type of breakfast is a necessity with a newborn.  The first couple weeks of maternity leave I either skipped breakfast altogether or didn't eat until noon.  Now I'm making an effort to eat something healthy right when we get up so I start the day off right and have plenty of energy.   

I tried this recipe the other day after reading this post on the Kitchn.  Oatmeal preferences vary a lot from person to person so this worked for me but may need a bit of tweaking based on how you like yours.

Strawberry, banana and honey overnight steel cut oats


1 cup steel cut oatmeal
2 cups milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
Handful of strawberries, sliced
1 banana, sliced
Honey, to taste


Combine the oats and milk in a container with a cover. Stir well and keep in the fridge overnight.

In the morning, stir and put desired amount into a microwave safe bowl (this recipe makes a few servings). Microwave on high for 1-2 minutes, or until desired texture is achieved.

Top with strawberries, bananas and honey.

Note, when I removed the oats in the morning I was surprised with how much liquid was still in the oats. The oats were also still very chewy. I prefer them softer and warm, so I microwaved it. First for a minute, and that wasn't enough time, 2 minutes seemed just right (the oats were softer and the liquid was almost fully absorbed).


  1. Will try this, I never have the patience for steel cut. Was it much sweeter with almond milk?

  2. That looks delic and great for the MN fallish feeling weather!


  3. That looks delicious! I didn't know you could make overnight oats with steel cut oatmeal.


  4. I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk so it wasn't sweeter, which is why it needed the honey. I've also used sweetened vanilla almond milk which makes it really good and sweet (almost too sweet).

  5. Looks yummy, by the way agave nectar is another low calorie sweetener option. Keep the quick and healthy breakfast recipes coming.

  6. This is probably a very silly question--do you cook the oats first at all? If not this sounds like a great way to do breakfast at work that's healthier. I could mix it before leaving work and eat it when I arrive the next day.