Forgive me if I’m the last person to find out about this little tidbit, but did you realize that you can make instant oatmeal with steel cut oats? I had heard of the ever popular overnight oats in the slow cooker but had never gotten around to giving them a try. One of my close friends shared with me the way she makes her steal cut oats and it was so quick and simple I just had to try it out for myself. It seemed that as soon as she told me, I started to see this method of making steel cut oats everywhere. And for good reason. Are you ready for the secret?
The night before, you bring a pot of water to a boil. Stir in some steel cut oats and salt. Let it boil for one minute. Remove it from the heat, cover, and let it sit overnight. The next morning all you have to do is heat it up and stir in any add-ins you like. See? Easy. And the results are perfect.
I’ve now forgone my instant oatmeal in the microwave and just stir the add-ins from my favourite recipes into this version when I heat it up in the morning. You can make all sorts of delicious flavours from this one base recipe. Here are some of my favourite mix-ins (you may need to adjust the amounts depending on the serving sizes).
- Blueberry Banana Oatmeal with Pecans
- Carrot Cake Oatmeal
- Apple-Cinnamon-Raisin Oatmeal
- Banana Walnut Oatmeal
I’ve learned that it’s important to make sure that everything is boiling vigorously. One of the first times I made it this way, I brought it to a simmer, rather than a boil, and the oats only soaked up half of the water. But, when brought to a rolling boil the oats soak it all up and by morning you have yourself a nice loose-set porridge. I like mine a little thicker so I do cook it down for a couple minutes, rather then just heat it up. But it’s still quicker then cooking rolled oats and definitely a lot quicker then traditional steel cut oats. We love it!
Have you heard of this method? What are you favourite mix-ins?
- 4 cups water
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Bring water to a rolling boil in a medium-sized pot. Stir in oats and salt. Boil vigorously for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Cover and let sit overnight (8-12 hours).
- In the morning, set pot over medium heat and stir until warmed through. Or, bring to a simmer and cook until thickened to desired consistency. Add sweeteners and toppings as desired.