My Overnight Steel Cut Oats recipe made with almond milk and Greek yogurt is a healthy and nutritious breakfast. Overnight oats are perfect for meal-prep for the busy work week.
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My husband has recently discovered and has falling in love with a steel cut oat and yogurt combo . I decided I wanted to experiment with my own oats with Greek yogurt recipe just to change up our breakfast routine. I like the addition of Greek yogurt in my oats because it adds a little protein to help keep me full a little longer.
What are steel cut oats?
What exactly is a steel cut oat and why choose it over rolled oats or quick oats? Oat grouts are the oat kernel once the husk has been removed. Steel cut oats are the grouts chopped into 2 smaller pieces. They are the closest to the grout, while rolled and instant oats are further processed by steaming and rolling, which reduces the cooking time.
Steel cut oats may take a little longer to cook, when compared to the rolled and instant variety. However, they have more fiber which keeps you fuller longer.
The texture of steel cut oats is completely different from other varieties. If you were never a fan of those little instant packets of oatmeal because it basically seemed like mush, steel cut oats could be the solution! They have a more chewy texture and nutty flavor than rolled or instant oats. That’s why I think they are perfect for overnight oats recipes because they hold their texture for several days in the refrigerator. This makes my meal prep a breeze because I can make a double batch for the entire week.
Overnight oats benefits
There are so many steel cut oats benefits which makes them a terrific breakfast! They are loaded with fiber, vitamins and nutrients. It is a heart-healthy grain that aids in weight loss as well as keeping sugar levels in check. To read more about the benefits to oats check out my 3 Minute Microwave Oatmeal recipe.
The import thing to remember is to not overload your oats with lots of sugary add -ins! That’s why I make this overnight oats with Greek yogurt recipe with simple and healthy ingredients.
What ingredients are in steel cut overnight oats?
I always try to eat a healthy breakfast that has a balance of protein and carbs. This helps keep me stay fueled through the morning until lunch.
Here’s what you’ll need to make overnight steel cut oats:
- steel cut oats
- coconut oil
- almond milk
- Greek yogurt
- dried cranberries
Of course this is a flexible recipe as far as add ins go. You can mix it up with different nuts, dried fruit, fresh fruit, maple syrup or brown sugar.
How to make overnight oats with almond milk
You can use any kind of milk to make overnight oats, however I prefer almond milk. It's slight nutty flavor is perfect for the steel cut oats. Now during my first attempt to make this recipe I was wanting a non cook version of overnight oats, which does work except the steel cut oats are a little chewy. I didn't mind the chewiness but I knew that it wouldn't pass my ultimate taste tester- my husband. So by cooking the steel cut oats in coconut oil for just a few minutes it give them a great toasty flavor and helps them soak up water and almond milk. This creates a tender steel cut oat that still has a tender chewiness.
Start by heating up a small sauce pan with the 2 teaspoons of coconut oil. (You can always substitute butter or another oil you have on hand). Then add the oats to the pan and stir for a couple of minutes until they get slightly brown and you can smell them toasting. Add the water and salt while continuing to stir for another 7-8 minutes or until the oats have soaked up the water. Remove the pan from heat, add the almond milk, honey and cinnamon and let cool for a few minutes. Add the Greek yogurt and portion into individual jars. Let the oats sit overnight to continue to soften and soak in the almond milk and yogurt.
When you are ready to eat you can add the toppings, this will keep the pistachios crunchy. I love the drizzle of honey with the salty pistachios! This is a delicious combination!
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Overnight Steel Cut Oats
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 2 teaspoons coconut oil
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup almond milk
- ½ cup Greek yogurt (whole milk)
- ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons honey, divided
- ¼ cup pistachios
- ¼ cup dried cranberries
- Heat a small pot on medium heat. Add coconut oil and steel cut oats, stirring oats to toast them for 2-3 minutes.
- Add water and salt to pot and cook for 7-8 minutes stirring often. When water is mostly absorbed remove from heat and add almond milk, Greek yogurt, cinnamon and 2 tablespoon of honey.
- Portion oats into individual containers. Store overnight and top with pistachios, cranberries and a drizzle of honey before eating.