Orange overnight steel cut oats

These orange overnight steel cut oats are made at night and enjoyed in the morning without any cooking!
Orange infused overnight steel cut oats

I feel like I’ve been enlightened.





Who knew?!

Orange overnight steel cut oats

You didn’t, right? This isn’t something I’ve just been unaware of the whole time is it?

That tends to happen to me. A lot.

Overnight steel cut oats with orange

Ulysses said they tasted like bubble gum. I don’t agree whatsoever, but that’s not really a bad taste so I figured I’d put it out there for those who might desire some bubblicious at 7am.

These are a totally different ball game than regular overnight oats, which I’m not a huge fan of because of the totally mushy, gummy consistency they have. These are chewy, nutty and have a delicious orange flavor throughout like your morning glass of OJ and oatmeal got frisky in the fridge overnight.

Overnight steel cut oats

And after attending a birthday party with 15 kids age 4 and under yesterday, that’s about the only kind of friskiness that’s going down over here for a long time.

Orange Overnight Steel Cut Oats

Orange Overnight Steel Cut Oats

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 10 hours
Total Time: 10 hours

These orange overnight steel cut oats are made at night and enjoyed in the morning without any cooking!


  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 1 cup almond milk + 1/4 cup in the morning
  • juice of 1/2 an orange
  • 1/2 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon ginger


  1. Mix all ingredients together in a seal-able container and let sit overnight in the refrigerator (10-12 hours).
  2. In the morning, add the remaining 1/4 cup almond milk to thin the oats out a bit and stir together.
  3. Top with your favorite toppings and enjoy cold or microwave for 30 seconds to take the chill off.


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  1. katie @KatieDid

    haha toooo funny about the birthday party, sounds…. fun? I don’t eat oats much but I do remember living steal cut because they are way chewier and more dense and fill me up easier.

  2. Margarita

    Oh my goodness! This is so freaky… Right before going to bed last night, I thought about steel cut oats for breakfast. Before I started my blog checks a few minutes ago, I started boiling a pot of water for it. I have not so great strawberries that I was going to soak in orange juice and zest to add into the oats. Then, I read this and started laughing out loud. We are on the same boat today!

  3. Kerry

    I love steel cut oats, but I had no idea you could use them to make overnight oats! I always thought they would stay too hard without cooking them, so I never tried it. The orange flavor sounds delicious! I’ll have to try this soon.

  4. Heidi @ Food Doodles

    Awesome! I just heard about using steel cut oats in overnight oats too, but haven’t tried it yet. Can’t wait because I’m not usually a fan of regular overnight oats for the same reason as you. The orange flavor in yours sounds delicious!

  5. Alexis @ Hummusapien

    Oats in a mason jar…so presh. I bet this would be amazing with coconut. I’m gonna try it with Trader Joe’s quick cooking steel cut oats–hopefully those’ll work. And I don’t have orange extract..but oh well that’s not stopping me either!!

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  7. Irene

    I was searching the web for a steel cut overnight oats recipe and yours was the first reliable source! Thanks so much for this! I was successful in my making my own for this morning (without the orange infusion sorry to say) but it’s such a flexible recipe. Love the chewiness. I can’t agree more about mushy oatmeal BARF! Anyway, I love how wholesome your recipes are. Great blog! I will be a continuous follower!

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  11. Jessica

    I tried a variation of this last night. I like it and my husband loved it. We added juice and zest from a whole orange, omitted maple syrup, added 1 cup of frozen blueberries and upped the almond milk to 1 1/2 cups. Also I forgot the ginger and we didn’t have orange essence. It was amazing. I couldn’t finish a whole serving. Definitely a jaw workout!

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  17. Sherwood

    Had the first half of these today and was rather disappointed. I was right, though. Now that I look over the recipe again, I see I didn’t put nearly enough maple syrup in. For some crazy reason, I went with 1 TEASPOON instead of 1 TABLESPOON. Oopsy. I’ll have to fix the other half for tomorrow to see what this is REALLY supposed to taste like.

    1. Sherwood

      Corrected the maple syrup amount in today’s oats and have no other recourse now but to say just how AMAZING this is!! Sooo good. Sweet orangey goodness right here. I don’t add the extra milk, ’cause I like my oats thicker (plus I eat them at work). Highly recommended! Just be sure to put in the right amount of sweetener. lol

  18. Hashmanis

    This is so pretty! I actually had oats this morning and was thinking it was kinda like a dessert haha….now if only every meal of the day was dessert!

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      Probably not, you may not need the extra 1/4 cup in the morning but I’d keep the 1:1 ratio the same otherwise.


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