Bright & Hearty Overnight Oats

Bright & Hearty Overnight Oats

Reporting live from Denver, CO today where this early morning meal was inspired by a number of things: 1.) The need for a nutritious, hearty breakfast that’s nearly done when we wake up (so my sister, brother-in-law and I can spend more time playing with my niece!) 2.) a locally made energy bar I came across at Whole Foods – it’s called Honey Bunchies and includes some of the key ingredients listed below, 3.) a snowy forecast and 4.) the plan to take the family Labrador on a big hike right after breakfast.

Cayenne, Waiting Patiently

The bright pink you see above is raspberries!  To get some some bright berries in our diet I made a homemade ‘jam’ for flavor & winter variety.  This jam does not include any sugar and uses frozen raspberries.   It’s a cinch to include here.

This low-sugar recipe will make 3-4 servings and easily keep you satiated until lunchtime.

Total Time: Overnight/7-8 hours

Hands On Time:  15 minutes

Special Equipment: N/a


– 1 Cup Steel Cut Oats (the bulk bin at Whole Foods or the John McCann’s Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal brand have both worked well)

– 2 Tsp Butter, Divided

– 3 Cups Water

– Pinch Salt

– 1 Tsp Cinnamon

– 1 Tbsp Honey

– 2 Cups Frozen Raspberries

– 1 Lemon

– 2 Tbsp Pecans, coarsely chopped & toasted

– 1 Tbsp Sunflower Seeds, toasted


Phase One: The Night Before Make-ahead: The Oats and Raspberry ‘Jam’

The Oats:

– Melt 1 teaspoon of butter over medium heat in a 2 quart (minimum) pot.

– Add the cup of oats and stir to toast/until the butter is throughly absorbed, 3-5 minutes.

– Add three cups water and bring to a boil.

– Add the pinch of salt, stir, and turn off heat.

– Cover, and leave on the burner till morning!

The Jam:

– As you wait for the water for the oats to boil, measure two cups of frozen raspberries into a container with a lid.

– Squeeze the juice from one lemon onto the berries.

– Mash as best you can with the back of a spoon, and stir to distribute the lemon juice.

– Place the lid on the jar and leave the berries in the fridge until morning.

The Nuts:

– Toast the pecans & sunflower seeds in a small pan over low heat, stirring regularly, about 10 minutes, or in a toaster oven for 2-3 minutes.  Place in convenient serving vessels.

Sides for Bright & Hearty Oatmeal

Phase Two: Morning Prep

– Remove the jam from the fridge (do this first thing, so it will come up to room temp when it’s time to eat.)

– Turn the burner with the oats to low heat.  Uncover the pot, and give the oats a stir.

– Add the teaspoon of cinnamon, the other teaspoon of butter, and the tablespoon of honey & stir to incorporate.

– Continue to stir intermittently as the oats heat up.

– Serve the oats hot with the raspberry topping, pecans and sunflower seeds.  If you like, add a splash of milk.

Bright & Hearty Overnight Oats

The oats will keep covered in the fridge for 3-4 days.



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