My school kids had state testing this week, so I made an extra effort to feed them a good breakfast. We love steel-cut oatmeal, but the 30-minute cook time can be prohibitive on a rushed weekday morning. This week I tried something new – before bed, I put oats and water in a pot, brought it to a boil, covered it, turned off the heat and left it out overnight. I figured I would finish cooking as needed in the morning. But after sitting overnight, the oatmeal was perfect – evenly cooked and creamier than when I cook it on the stovetop.
With her busy family of three teens and a pre-teen, my sister-in-law likes to buy frozen steel-cut oatmeal that heats in the microwave. I have another friend who actually drives to a restaurant to buy steel-cut oatmeal freshly made. But this method is so much cheaper and easier than pre-cooked options.
It cooks itself. It doesn’t take up freezer space. My $3 canister of organic steel-cut oats from Trader Joe’s makes 20 servings – 15¢ a serving.
Plus when you eat oatmeal at home you realize how much unnecessary salt is in commercially made oatmeal.
This is foolproof. If you can boil water, you can make steel-cut oatmeal at home. It cooks coolly and silently while you sleep.
One cup of steel-cut oats in a saucepan.
Four cups of water.
Give a quick stir and turn off heat. Cover and leave on the stove. Say goodnight.
In the morning, say hello to a creamy pot of oatmeal.
Give it a stir and warm it up with any toppings you like. Lately I’m into walnuts and wild blueberries from my freezer.
Forget Quaker. This is microwave oatmeal worth eating. And leftovers keep well in the fridge for more easy, nutritious mornings.
No-Cook Overnight Oatmeal
As easy as boiling water. Turn off heat and cover, and in the morning the oatmeal is perfectly done.
- 1 cup steel-cut oats
- 4 cups water
- In medium saucepan, heat oats and water until boiling. Stir briefly with a spoon. Turn off heat and cover tightly. Leave out for a few hours or overnight. Do not refrigerate.
- Reheat on stovetop or microwave and serve with toppings of your choice. Leftovers store well in refrigerator for several days.
Here’s the link to a printable version.
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