Overnight Chai Steel-Cut Oats

In a perfect world I would wake up early each morning to make a hot breakfast for my family before sending them out into the cold, but in reality I am NOT a morning person. When I saw this recipe in Vegetarian Times magazine I knew it was created for people just like me and simply had to share it. It can all be assembled the night before and requires NO COOKING, yea!  The spicy chai flavor is wonderful, too.


1 cup steel-cut oats

1 cup hemp milk (I used almond milk)

2 Tbs. chia seeds

1/4 tsp ground cardamom

1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

1/4 tsp ground ginger, OR 1 Tbs. crystallized ginger (I used)

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

1 pinch ground black pepper

1 Tbs. maple syrup, optional (I used)

1 Tbs. shredded coconut, optional (I omitted)

1 Tbs. chopped pistachios, optional (I omitted)


Combine oats, “milk,” chia seeds, cardamom, vanilla, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, black pepper, and maple syrup in a glass jar with a lid. Stir, close, and refrigerate overnight.

The next morning just open lid, stir, and serve sprinkled with coconut and pistachios if using.  I served it with sliced bananas and a little added almond milk instead, and it was delicious! If you desire you may warm it slighty before serving.

Makes 2 one cup servings at 270 calories each.

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2 thoughts on “Overnight Chai Steel-Cut Oats

  1. This is an awesome raw breakfast recipe! Is it really steel cut oats you use for your overnight chai oatmeal recipe? I just made it & found I had to use 2x the milk the recipe called for since steel cut oats are dense (they’re basically horse feed!) It was really good, though. I thought I might take another page from your book and cut the denseness & add sweetness by adding a minced carrot & raisins.

    1. It really is steel cut oats, and it is dense! You can probably get three or four servings out of this recipe. I always add some milk and sweetener before eating, just as I would before eating cooked oatmeal. I love the chewiness of steel cut oats — horses know what’s good!

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