I’m officially obsessed with Basic Overnight Steel-Cut Oats. Like, can’t-go-a-morning-without-this obsessed. Like, might-cry-into-my-bowl-once-it’s-empty obsessed. Why? Because they’re EASY and chewy and satisfying without added sugar and with plenty of protein and fiber.
So normally I eat eggs for breakfast. By normally, I mean almost every day because they are delicious and because they are a good source of protein and because they keep me full until lunchtime. But eggs are now the stuff of Breakfasts Past and now I’m all about the Basic Overnight Steel-Cut Oats.
But has anyone heard about the egg shortage? The bird flu is running rampant. Seriously! I can’t make this stuff up. Apparently, more than 35 million egg-laying chickens in the U.S. have been laid to rest. So don’t be surprised to see prices jump at the supermarket… or at your favorite brunch place… or at McDonald’s.
So long, favorite brunch frittata. And pancakes and cakes, cookies, croissants, frozen custard. Does an egg shortage mean shortage of these things too? I’m in tears.
In honor of all these egg-containing foods, I’ll tip up an extra Bloody Mary over my Basic Overnight Steel-Cut Oats.
So here’s the good news: I’ve discovered overnight oats. I’m so totally late on this trend and for that, apologies are in order. But I’m officially obsessed, like, can’t-go-a-morning-without-this obsessed. Like, might-cry-into-my-bowl-once-it’s-empty obsessed.
- Because steel-cut overnight oats are gloriously chewy and satisfying
- There’s no added sugar, just the natural sweetness of milk and handfuls of fresh berries
- Protein + oodles of fiber = full until lunchtime
- Literally 60 seconds spent in the kitchen before bed, and you wake up to magically ready-to-eat Basic Steel-Cut Overnight Oats.
I’m not even sure that you can call this a recipe. It’s 1 part steel-cut oats to 2 parts milk. THAT’S ALL. Talk about easy. I can make it with my hands tied behind my back. I can just imagine it into being. I’m sure that with practice, you could pick up that skill too.
Basic Overnight Steel-Cut Oats
60-seconds at night = happy, hearty, and healthy breakfast in the morning. I like mine with berries, chia seeds, and chopped nuts. You can add whatever you like as long as you follow the basic ratio of 1 part oatmeal to 2 parts milk.
- 1/3 cup steel-cut oats*
- 2/3 cup light soy milk** or skim milk
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds optional
- Berries or chopped fruit optional
- Dried fruit optional
- Chopped nuts or nut butter optional
In a Tupperware container or jar, mix steel-cut oats with milk. Add chia seeds if desired and mix well. The chia seed will float to the top -- that's okay.
Refrigerate overnight or at least 4 hours. In the morning, mix chia seeds in with a spoon. Top with fresh berries or fruit, dried fruit, chopped nuts, or nut butter, and enjoy.
*A word on oats. I used Trader Joe's Steel Cut Oats and they work really well. I have been told by a couple of people that Irish oats do not work in this recipe, but I have not tried it myself.
**A word on milk. I've made this now with light soy milk and skim milk. The skim milk seems to be 100% absorbed by the oats, resulting in a thicker, drier oatmeal. The soy milk leaves the oats slightly more liquidy. If your family purchases cow's milk, but you like your oats with more liquid, just add an extra splash of milk before you eat this in the morning!
Nutrition information for oats + light soy milk + 1 cup berries + 1 tablespoon chia seeds + 1 tablespoon chopped nuts
(okay, so quinoa, not oats)