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steel cut oats recipe

Steel Cut Oats Recipe

Steel-cut oats are one of my favorite healthy breakfast recipes! There’s nothing like a wholesome bowl of hearty oatmeal drizzled with maple syrup and sprinkled with nuts to make my morning perfect. Today, I’m going to share my foolproof recipe and tips for making the perfect pot of creamy, yet never mushy, steel-cut oats.
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to cook steel cut oats, Steel cut oats, steel cut oats recipe
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 206kcal


  • 5 quart saucepan
  • Large spoon or spatula


  • 2 cups steel-cut oats
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil or butter
  • 4 cups hot water
  • 2 cups coconut or almond milk you can use any milk
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • Melt the coconut oil or butter in a large pot. Once it melts then add in the steel cut oats and cook for 1-2 minutes until the oats are golden and fragrant.
  • Pour in 4 cups of hot water then bring to a boil.
  • Turn the heat down and simmer for 20 minutes or until the oats start to absorb the water and thicken up. Stir the oats 1-2 times during this step.
  • Stir in 2 cups of milk and continue to let the oats simmer for another 15-20 minutes. Again, stirring 2-3 times so the oats don't stick to the bottom of the pot.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and salt. Let the oats sit for another 3-5 minutes or until thickened.
  • Serve hot with your favorite toppings.



Nutrition notes: The nutritional information wasn't calculated with any sweetener or toppings. Please take that into consideration when figuring out the final calories.
Meal Prep Tips
After the oats have cooled, place them into a glass meal prep container and refrigerate. 
To reheat the steel-cut oats place the desired amount into a microwave-safe bowl and heat on high for 1-2 minutes. Stir in maple syrup and/or additional milk, add toppings, and serve hot.
Freezer Tips
Steel-cut oats freeze and reheat beautifully. 
After the oats are cooked and cooled place them into 1-cup Souper cubes or a freezer container. If you’re freezing using Souper Cubes then after the steel-cut oats are frozen remove and place the oat blocks into a labeled freezer bag.
When you’re ready to eat then place the steel cut oats into a microwave-safe dish and heat on high for 2-3 minutes or until hot.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 206kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Fiber: 5g