The best way to cook steel-cut oats during the week? Don’t cook them at all. Instead of a slow simmer, soak the oats overnight in your milk of choice, and serve the next morning. The oats soften and plump in the liquid yet retain a wonderfully chewy texture. If you prefer them warm, heat in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Cocoa nibs add a little extra crunch and a wake-up jolt similar to coffee. We love the contrast of creamy oats with the crunchy granola (recipe below). Use seasonal blackberries and citrus or any fruit you like.

Recipe by Cooking Light March 2017


Credit: Hector Manuel Sanchez; Food Styling: Ann Hampton; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

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10 mins
8 hrs 10 mins
Serves 4 (serving size: about 2/3 cup oats mixture, 1/4 cup granola, and 1/2 cup fruit)


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Instructions Checklist
  • Combine milk and oats in an airtight container; seal. Refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.

  • Add cocoa nibs and maple syrup to oat mixture. Divide oat mixture evenly among 4 bowls; top evenly with granola, blackberries, and citrus segments.

Nutrition Facts

403 calories; fat 14.7g; saturated fat 5g; mono fat 5.2g; poly fat 3.3g; protein 14g; carbohydrates 57g; fiber 9g; cholesterol 10mg; iron 3mg; sodium 181mg; calcium 190mg; sugars 18g; added sugar 5g.