Make-Ahead Steel-Cut Oats


I came up with how to cook steel-cut oats overnight by making four portions ahead and refrigerating them overnight because they take so long to cook. It's very hearty, delicious, and wholesome!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs 45 mins


  • 4 cups water

  • 1 dash salt

  • 1 cup steel-cut oats

  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts

  • ¼ cup raisins

  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ cup milk


  1. Bring water and salt to a boil in a pot. Pour in oats and return to a boil while stirring. Reduce heat and let simmer until water is absorbed, 20 to 25 minutes.

  2. Remove oats from heat and immediately stir in walnuts and raisins. Stir in agave nectar, vanilla extract, and cinnamon.

  3. Divide oat mixture into 4 portions in bowls. Cover and refrigerate overnight, or up to 5 days.

  4. When ready to prepare, add 2 tablespoons milk to each portion. Heat in a microwave for 1 minute and 30 seconds, stirring halfway through cook time.


You can use brown sugar instead of agave nectar if preferred.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

280 Calories
8g Fat
46g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 280
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 118mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Dietary Fiber 6g 20%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 61mg 5%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 163mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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