Vegan Overnight Steel Cut Oats (no cook!)

5 from 4 votes
No cook vegan overnight steel cut oats! Made with almond milk. This overnight steel cut oats recipe is easier to make than traditional oatmeal. Prepare the recipe and let it soak overnight. Come morning you have a deliciously soft and chewy oatmeal.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 6 minutes
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Jun 16, 2021 (Last updated Mar 18, 2024) by Hannah Sunderani

Vegan Overnight Steel Cut Oats (no cook!)

If you were wondering whether you can make overnight oats with steel cut oats, you’ll be happy to hear that you CAN! In fact, overnight steel cut oats are just as easy to make as traditional overnight oats.

They’re wholesome, sweet, and a comforting breakfast with a delicious chewy and nutty texture. You can enjoy all the pleasures of steel cut oats without having to turn on the stove!

So, let me tell you exactly how to make this recipe, so that you can enjoy it pronto!

overnight steel cut oats

Overnight Steel Cut Oats

These overnight steel cut oats are:

  • easy to make
  • made with wholesome ingredients
  • sweet and comforting
  • nutty and pleasantly chewy
  • customizable by adding different toppings
  • a healthy breakfast (or snack) recipe

We absolutely love these overnight oats! They are so wholesome and comforting, and make a really nice change from classic overnight oats. The steel cut oats provide a lovely chewy texture and nutty taste in comparison to regular oats. It’s delicious!

From now on, we’ll be making these steel cut overnight oats on repeat.

What are overnight oats?

Now, if you’ve never heard of overnight oats before, you might be wondering what I’m talking about in regards to overnight oats vs. overnight steel cut oats!

So, let me break it down for you…

Overnight oats is oatmeal prepared the night before. It’s made by combining all the ingredients in a bowl or a jar (usually a mixture of oats, milk, chia, and sweetener of choice). Instead of cooking the mixture on the stove top, you put it in the fridge to soak and thicken. After a few hours (i.e. by morning) you’ve got a delicious bowl of oatmeal.

Overnight oats is a refreshing breakfast or snack to enjoy during the summertime, when we often prefer eating cold foods over hot ones! Overnight oats are a popular recipe because we can enjoy our favourite winter oatmeals summer-style!

See my blog post for how to make traditional overnight oats.

Usually, we use old-fashioned rolled oats or quick cooking oats to make overnight oats. But as you know, this recipe proves that you can use steel cut oats too!

the ingredients

Can you use steel cut oats for overnight oats?

Steel cut oats, also known as Irish oats, are a popular type of oat variety to use when making oatmeal, because it’s less processed. They are produced by chopping groats (oats in their purest form) into into smaller pieces with large steel blades.

steel cut oats

Steel cut oats have a chewier texture and nuttier flavour than rolled oats or quick cooking oats. They’ve become really popular over the years for their taste, texture and minimal processing. We really love them too. You can read more about the difference between oat varieties here, and I’ll also be making a blog post to compare oat varieties and how to use them, as it’s a question I get asked often!

Typically, we don’t think of steel cut oats for overnight oats because they’re known to have a longer cooking time, about 15 to 30 minutes. But you can absolutely use them to make oatmeal using steel cut oats with my method!

So, let me tell you how to make steel cut oatmeal without turning on the stove!

overnight steel cut oats

How to make overnight steel cut oats

Making overnight steel cut oats is so easy, and just as effortless as making traditional overnight oats (using rolled oats or quick cooking oats). Plus the texture is pleasantly chewy and nutty! It’s a delicious swap for the original that my husband and I love.

The trick to making this recipe is to combine all the ingredients together in a bowl, THEN pop in the microwave for 1 minute to warm. Stir again and then chill in the fridge overnight. Come morning you’ve got delicious overnight steel cut oats ready to be devoured!

how to make overnight oats
how to make overnight oats

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Topping ideas:

For this recipe, I’ve topped with banana, blackberries, peanut butter and coconut flakes. It’s a delicious combo! But you really can’t go wrong with toppings. So feel free to choose your favourites!

Here are some topping ideas that I like:

  • Banana and peanut butter
  • Apple and almond butter
  • Blueberry and chocolate chips
  • Strawberries and coconut flakes
  • Other topping options: cacao nibs, nuts, hemp hearts tahini, cashew butter, goji berries, chopped dates, your favourite fresh fruits

You will never get bored of overnight oats switching up the toppings. Every day is a different version ready to be devoured.

overnight steel cut oats

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overnight steel cut oats

So there we have it, a delicious recipe for how to make overnight steel cut oats. They are sweet, comforting, wholesome and pleasantly chewy. This is a great recipe to make during the summer time when we don’t want to turn on the stove. Add your favourite toppings and enjoy.

If you do make this recipe please let me know in the comments below what you think! I truly love hearing from you, and I’m always here to answer any questions you might have. And of course, tag me on Instagram with your pictures using the hashtag #twospoons. Nothing makes me happier than to see your recreations.

Vegan Overnight Steel Cut Oats (no cook!)

5 from 4 votes
No cook vegan overnight steel cut oats! Made with almond milk. This overnight steel cut oats recipe is easier to make than traditional oatmeal. Prepare the recipe and let it soak overnight. Come morning you have a deliciously soft and chewy oatmeal.
overnight steel cut oats
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 6 minutes
Serves 2 people



  • In a medium mixing bowl (microwave safe) add the almond milk, maple syrup and peanut butter. Whisk to combine. Pour in the still cut oats, chia seeds, cinnamon and a pinch of sea salt. Whisk again.
  • Microwave the mixture for 2 minutes, stir again. Cover and refrigerate the oat mixture until thickened to an oatmeal consistency (6 to 12 hours). When ready to eat, serve in bowls and add your favourite toppings. (I used banana, blackberries, peanut butter and coconut flakes).

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Overnight steel cut oats can be made up to 3 days in advance. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge. 
I have tested this recipe with steel cut oats and quick cooking steel cut oats. Both work well! 
Nutritional information is a rough estimate.



Calories: 477kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 359mg | Potassium: 141mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 4IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 355mg | Iron: 4mg

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  1. I’ve made this version several times and it turns out wonderfully every time.
    It’s the one recipe that I come back to and my kids love it for a nice change, quick to prep and great on a busy morning with banana.
    Thank you for the inspiration to eat more plant based meals!

  2. What is the serving size for the nutrition information included. This recipe is amazing, so delicious!

  3. Hi, thanks for the recipe. After microwaving, should we wait for the oatmeal to become room temperature before popping it to the refrigerator ?

  4. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Will definitely try with True Elements steel cut oats as they are really good and a clean label food brand. You can also give it a try!

  5. So is this being eaten cold out of the fridge or typically reheated (if so, recommended time in the microwave) *sorry if it sounds like a dumb questions :/

    • Hi Darlene! Yes, this is supposed to be eaten cold, like overnight oats. However, if you wanted to heat them in the microwave to enjoy it warm you totally can! I’d recommend about a minute, or until your preferred temperature.