overnight irish oatmeal recipeI am not so good with New Year’s resolutions, but I do try.  This year I want to eat more fruits and vegetables, and to eat breakfast.  I really do not like eating breakfast.  I am not a morning person, I do not like eating when I wake up, and I am usually in a rush.  For years, I ate the same exact breakfast if I was in fact going to eat breakfast.  A whole wheat English muffin with peanut butter.  A girl gets bored.  Have I mentioned that I am somewhat of a picky eater?  I know that it is hard to imagine doing what I do, but I have a serious texture issue.  I like to chew my food.  I really wish that I could get over it, I would love to be able to eat yogurt, I think that it would end my breakfast issues.  But for now, I am eating Irish oatmeal.

Why Irish oatmeal?  Because it has bite.  It is nutty and really, really good for me.  The thing about steel cut oats (the other name for Irish oatmeal) is that it takes a really long time to cook.  But if you start it the night before, it is no big deal, it takes minutes.  This is a method.  You make the oatmeal, but you can dress it anyway that you would like.  This apple and pecan combination is great, but so is dried fruit, maple syrup, walnuts, coconut, the possibilities are endless.

overnight irish oatmeal recipe 1 cup Irish Oatmeal
4 cups water
pinch salt

add in:

1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
1 diced apple
1/4 cup chopped pecans
almond milk (if you need to thin the oatmeal a bit)

overnight irish oatmeal recipeThis is what Irish oatmeal looks like.  It is not at all like the regular oatmeal that you are used to.

overnight irish oatmeal recipePour 1 cup of oatmeal into 4 cups of boiling water.  Add a pinch of salt.

overnight irish oatmeal recipeLet the oatmeal simmer for 1 minute.

overnight irish oatmeal recipeCover the pot and refrigerate overnight.

overnight irish oatmeal recipeThe next morning, put the pot on the stove and cook over low heat for about 10 to 15 minutes, or until the oatmeal is hot.

overnight irish oatmeal recipeAdd whatever you like to your oatmeal.

overnight irish oatmeal recipeHere is to a healthy new year and a breakfast that I really like.

Overnight Irish Oatmeal


  • 1 cup Irish Oatmeal
  • 4 cups water
  • pinch salt
  • add in:
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 diced apple
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • almond milk (if you need to thin the oatmeal a bit)


  1. Pour 1 cup of oatmeal into 4 cups of boiling water. Add a pinch of salt.
  2. Let the oatmeal simmer for 1 minute.
  3. Cover the pot and refrigerate overnight.
  4. The next morning, put the pot on the stove and cook over low heat for about 10 to 15 minutes, or until the oatmeal is hot.
  5. Add whatever you like to your oatmeal.

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64 Responses to Overnight Irish Oatmeal

  1. Alex says:

    Try putting cinnamin in the water when you’re initially cooking the oats, the difference in the taste is amazing! (And it’ll make your house smell delicious!)

  2. I really like steel cut oats but like you said, it takes awhile to eat! and so I usually stick to old fashioned oatmeal (which is still delicious). I have a jar of the irish oats in my closet- I think i should shake things up a bit too and make a bowl in the morning! unlike you, I LOVE BREAKFAST. I cant start my day without a nice, big, hearty breakfast. but maybe thats because I am just a pig! ahhaha
    have a nice weekend….great post!


  3. Melissa A. says:

    I like Scottish oats but don’t get to eat them much. The good thing is you can make a batch then reheat just some for your breakfast.

    I too have texture issues with some foods, but I love yogurt. Would you eat yogurt with chunks of fruit or other foods mixed in?

  4. Thank you for sharing this ! Looks fabulous and I am definitely making this either tomorrow or later this week!

  5. Oh my gosh, this looks so good! I soo want this for breakfast tomorrow!

  6. Brilliant! I have a canister of these oats in my cupboard, but never seem to have the time to make a batch in the morning. Thank you!

  7. Byrne says:

    Hi Bree! I found this post through tastespotting. I might actually try steel cut oats. Oatmeal usually really grosses me out. My new year’s resolution last year was to eat breakfast. I ate a whole wheat english muffin with peanut butter pretty much every day. My new year’s resolution this year is to eat more fruits and vegetables. Crazy, huh? Good luck keeping them!

  8. Darcie says:

    Hurray! I’ve been wanting to look for a recipe like this! I already know how I’d top it, too–with sliced bananas, walnuts and a drizzle of real maple syrup.

  9. Another thing….What kind of pot is that in the photo? I love it!

  10. Jessica says:

    I just posted about steel cut oats on my blog too! I LOVE them. They are so yummy. I, like you, have to have texture as well. I can’t stand plain ole rolled oats, unless of course they are in a cookie 😉 Try crunchy granola in your yogurt. That is how I like it best.

  11. Kat says:

    This looks really good. I love Irish oatmeal

  12. Maggie says:

    This looks yummy! It’s off to a slow start, but you should consider sharing this (and the brownies!) further on the Decidedly Healthy or Horridly Decadent Saturday Picture Linky http://ceodraiocht.wordpress.com/decidedly-healthy-or-horridly-decadent-blog-hop.

  13. I’m totally a breakfast person but also get bored of the same thing I eat everyday. Thanks for the inspiration!

  14. Although I don’t like eating right when I first get out of bed, I do love to eat breakfast. English muffins, fruit and yogurt, granola, oatmeal all favorites. I really like the fact that you can start steel cuts oats the night before, so much easier that way!

  15. Karin van D. says:

    I have problems eating breakfast too. Even though I know I have to, otherwise I collapse around ten am. So I eat bread. With cheese. Or something chocolate (on the bread). And lots of tea. That helps. This sounds delicious too though, so thanks for sharing!

  16. Peggy says:

    This is such a great idea! Definitely need to start making myself some overnight oats!

  17. Brandon says:

    This sounds great, although I’ve only had the regular quick oats, which I love. I’ll have to try this sometime.

  18. I put steel cut oatmeal in my shakes in the morning. It’s amazing how filling they are. This sounds like a nice warming treat and a good way to mix things up. I drink a variation of this shake (http://cookmarked.com/recipe.aspx?eID=kHGwP6ADYslIwuhVxc9Zj4A2yEpUG9r7p7cjqGkW158e) just about every morning – and you’re right, a change every now and then is a good thing.

  19. Bree, how the heck do you keep your fridge so tidy and EMPTY???? Oh, and the oatmeal looks great, too. :-)

  20. kalie says:

    So you really only simmer it for a minute the night before? I just got it started for tomorrow morning and I’m a little nervous about how watery it still is. I eat these a lot, but usually make it the day I want it, and have to simmer for 35ish minutes! Oh also, I did 3 1/2 cups water and 1/2 cup milk. Hope it still works!

  21. kalie says:

    OK I take back all my doubts. It worked perfectly and is so delicious! Thank you for the hours and hours that you saved me! :)

  22. This looks so amazing, but I cannot find this type of oats anywhere near me. Can I substitute regular oats?

    • bakedbree says:

      No, they are not the same. Steel Cut Oats or Irish Oatmeal looks more like a rice or barley. Try ordering it from Amazon.

  23. Thank you. I think I will order some.

  24. kahalapo says:

    I will try your way however my mom used to cook Irish Oatmeal in the crock pot overnight however I don’t remember the water and oats ratio. I use a small Rival slow cooker. Has anyone tried this method of cooking Irish Oatmeal? Thank you and have a great day.

    • bakedbree says:

      I looked around for a recipe for oats cooked in a slow cooker, but didn’t find any that I wanted to try. I like this method.

  25. MsNJohnson says:

    Hi Bree, I plan on making this as a special treat for breakfast tomorrow morning. Do you think it would be OK if I halved the recipe as it would need to serve two people. I absolutely love Irish Oatmeal but have never made it at home. Thanks for the inspiration!!!

  26. Deborah says:

    This looks delicious. I actually live in Ireland and have never seen oatmeal like that though. Wondering where I can get it, sounds wonderful. I think it must be Irish like Killian’s beer is Irish! 😉

  27. Kathy Bussells says:

    Hi! Love your recipe! Can’t wait to try it, as I love texture too.
    I was thinking that adding the cinnamon and the apples to the warm mixture before
    Placing them in the fridge might give you partially baked
    Apples too – then add some almonds or pecans for crunch?
    Not sure though if apples might make too much juice? In any case, your great idea leaves
    Us with fun room to experiment! :) Thank you.

  28. Meredith says:

    …This is going to end up in my mouth tomorrow morning.

  29. Bree D says:

    Hi Bree! So cool to meet someone else with my name LOL.
    I love steel-cut oats. I put everything in my small slow cooker (primed with butter-flavored non-stick cooking spray) and cook on low for 7-8 hours. The smell of the cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves that I put in starts to drift towards my bedroom in the last hour or so. This definitely gets me out of bed in the morning….so comforting!

    Dried fruit (raisins, cranberries or apricots) are another nice addition. Sometimes I even add other hearty grains to the oats make a multi-grain porridge, like coarse bulgur, spelt berries or buckwheat groats. MMMM good!

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