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overnight steel cut oats in a white bowl with bananas and blueberries on top and strawberry slices on the side

Overnight Steel Cut Oats

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This recipe for a healthy breakfast takes the stress out of your morning because you prepare it in advance. 
Course Breakfast
Cuisine British
Cooking Style Slow Cooking
Diet and Health gluten-free, Healthy
Seasonal autumn, winter
Ingredient steel cut oats
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 8 hrs
Total Time 8 hrs 5 mins
Servings 5
Author Chrysta Wilson


  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 2 1/2 cups purified water
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 5 6-oz ramekins or small heat-safe bowls


  • In a bowl, combine the cream, milk, water, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and vanilla extract.
  • Place ramekins or small bowls into the bottom of your slow cooker.
  • In the bottom of each ramekin, add 2 tablespoons steel cut oats.
  • Add ½ cup of the liquid mixture into each ramekin. Stir.
  • Slowly add water to the base of your slow cooker, being sure not to get any water into the ramekins. The amount of water will vary by the size of your slow-cookers, but you basically want the ramekins sitting in at least 3 inches of water. (For most slow cookers, water will come up to the middle of your bottom ramekin.)
  • Place the lid on the slow cooker, and cook for 8 hours.
  • When you wake up, simply remove the oats, grab a spoon, and enjoy, or top with sliced bananas and berries for a complete meal. Cover any remaining ramekins and store, refrigerated, for up to 1 week.