Make-Ahead Steel Cut Oatmeal & 4 New Oatmeal Recipes

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on September 20, 2011

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You wouldn’t know it from the plethora of steel-cut oatmeal recipes I have on the blog (one), but steel-cut oats are actually my favourite way to enjoy oatmeal.

The only problem is I’m usually too hungry to wait 30 minutes to eat breakfast. Hence, my obsession with quick breakfasts like Vegan overnight oats, Green Monsters, and rolled oatmeal.

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Oats in review:

Instant Oats have been cooked, dried and rolled and are the most processed way to eat oats. Instant oats are very thin and need only hot liquid to soften. They are ready in about 60 seconds. While they are the most convenient (although some might argue that overnight oats are the most convenient!), they often have a lot of added salt, sugar, and other strange ingredients.

Quick-cooking oats are simply rolled oats that have been cut into smaller pieces. They cook in about 3-4 minutes.

Rolled oats are also known as Old-Fashioned Oats. They have been steamed, pressed with a roller, and dried. Cooking time is between 5-10 minutes. These are the oats that I use in my oatmeal recipes and in some baking recipes.

Steel-cut oats are also known as pinhead oats (pinhead…ha), coarse-cut oats, Irish oats, or Scotch oats. They are oat groats (the inner portion of the oat kernel) that have been cut into 2-3 pieces rather than being steamed and rolled. Steel-cut oats are coarse in texture and remain chewy even after cooking and re-heating. They generally take about 20-25 minutes to cook, although there is a quick-cook overnight method too.

Because steel-cut oats retain their chewy texture after cooking (while rolled oats tend to get mushy), they are the perfect breakfast cereal to make ahead of time and quickly reheat in the morning.

Many of you said you like to make a big batch of steel-cut oats and then enjoy it all week long for quick and easy breakfasts. Once I wrapped my head around actually making the oatmeal at night (I tend to forget!), it occurred to me how much time it can save in the morning. And steel-cut oats reheat very, very well. I actually think that my make-ahead batch tasted better the next morning after the flavours developed a bit more.

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Make-Ahead Steel Cut Oatmeal

With a little forethought at night or on the weekend, you can make steel-cut oats for 4 breakfasts (or more if you need!). I made this batch with mashed banana for a natural sweetener (it also does a great job of adding volume), but you can add any sweetener/fruit you prefer if you aren’t into bananas.

Yield: 4 servings or 3.5-4 cups

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups almond milk (or other non-dairy milk)
  • 1 cup uncooked steel-cut oats
  • 2 large bananas, mashed (1 cup mashed)
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp ground flax + 1 tbsp chia seeds (or seeds of choice)
  • 2-3 tsp vanilla extract

 

1. In a medium-sized pot, bring the water and almond milk to a boil. Add in steel-cut oats and a pinch of salt and reduce heat to low.

2. Stir in the mashed banana (mashing it helps disperse the sweetness throughout), ground flax, and chia seeds. Simmer on low, uncovered, for 20-25 minutes, stirring every 5 mins or so.

3. When the oats are creamy and tender, remove from heat and stir in cinnamon to taste and pure vanilla extract. Serve immediately or allow to cool before transferring into air tight containers in the fridge. In the morning, add a splash of milk and reheat in the micro or on the stove-top.

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I was feeling inspired after my post on my 5 favourite oatmeal recipes, so I put on my creative oatmeal thinking cap and went to town!

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Berry Almond Bliss Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Cherries, blueberries, and blackberries combine with a lovely cinnamon spiced almond butter sauce. I like to keep a bag of mixed frozen berries on hand for oatmeal and Green Monsters throughout the Fall and Winter. This bag of frozen berries I picked up is by President’s Choice. Place the berries on top if you don’t want them to bleed and turn your oatmeal purple.

Yield: 1 serving

Ingredients:

  • 1 serving make-ahead steel-cut oats (see above), approx. 3/4-1 cup cooked
  • 1/2 cup mixed berries (I thawed frozen cherries, blueberries, and blackberries from President’s Choice)
  • 1 tbsp chopped almonds, toasted if preferred
  • Cinnamon Almond Butter Sauce (whisk together: 1 tbsp almond butter, 1 tbsp almond milk, 1 tsp maple syrup, & 1/4 tsp cinnamon)
  • Sprinkle of Sucanat, brown sugar, or maple syrup, to taste

 

1. Reheat steel-cut oats with a splash of milk either in the micro or the stove-top.

2. Add mixed berries and chopped almonds on top.

3. In a small bowl or mug, whisk together the almond butter sauce. Drizzle over top and sprinkle with sweetener.

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Cinnamon Peanut Butter Swirl Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Inspired by one of my favourite pancake recipes- cinnamon peanut butter swirl pancakes! The applesauce mixed with the peanut butter gives you much more volume and it adds a bit of sweetness too. Plus, who doesn’t want to eat something swirly? I rest my case.

Yield: 1 serving

Ingredients:

  • 1 serving make-ahead steel-cut oats (see above), approx. 3/4-1 cup cooked
  • 1 tbsp roasted peanuts
  • Cinnamon Peanut Butter Swirl (whisk together: 1 tbsp peanut butter, 2 tbsp applesauce, & 1/4 tsp cinnamon)
  • garnish with cinnamon

 

1. Reheat steel-cut oats with a splash of milk either in the micro or the stove-top.

2. Stir in roasted peanuts.

3. In a small bowl or mug, whisk together the cinnamon PB swirl sauce. For swirl: Add mixture into a baggie and cut the very end of the corner out. Now, “pipe” the sauce around in a swirl. Garnish with cinnamon.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Glazed Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Cashew butter, almond milk, and maple syrup combine to make a delicious & decadent cookie dough flavoured glaze to pour on top of your oatmeal. This bowl is inspired by my cookie dough glazed doughnuts.

Yield: 1 serving

Ingredients:

  • 1 serving make-ahead steel-cut oats (see above), approx. 3/4-1 cup cooked
  • 1-2 tbsp cacao nibs (or sub nuts)
  • 1 tbsp dark chocolate chips
  • Cookie dough glaze (whisk together: 1 tbsp cashew butter, 2 tbsp almond milk, 1 tsp maple syrup)

 

1. Reheat steel-cut oats with a splash of milk either in the micro or the stove-top. Stir in 1 tsp cacao nibs if desired.

2. In a small bowl or mug, whisk together the cookie dough glaze. Stir in 1/2 tsp chopped chocolate chips into the glaze if desired.

3. Spoon glaze on top of oats. Garnish with chopped chocolate chips and cacao nibs (or nuts).

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Fall Spice Steel-Cut Oatmeal

All the flavours of Fall in one bowl of oatmeal. This was the first time I’ve ever had a fresh prune and I absolutely loved them!

Yield: 1 serving

Ingredients:

  • 1 serving make-ahead steel-cut oats (see above), approx. 3/4-1 cup cooked
  • spices: 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp ginger, pinch nutmeg
  • 2 fresh prune pums (or dried), pitted and chopped
  • 2 tbsp currants
  • 1/2 tbsp walnuts
  • 1 tsp pure maple syrup & cinnamon, or other sweetener to garnish

 

1. Reheat steel-cut oats with a splash of milk either in the micro or the stove-top. Stir in spices and 1 tbsp currants.

2. Add chopped prunes, nuts, and remaining currants on top.

3. Drizzle on sweetener to taste and sprinkle with cinnamon.

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You are all cordially invited for a steel-cut oatmeal party.

Just don’t be alarmed when you see the bomb that went off in my kitchen…

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Inaru September 21, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Although I am not a vegan, I absolutely love the recipes on your blog. The variations on oatmeal really motivated me to refresh my breakfast go-to’s. The result was my own version of a PB&J oatmeal. Thanks!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 22, 2011 at 6:28 am

Thank you Inaru :) I’m glad you are enjoying the recipes!

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Tatomme @ Fresh Potater September 21, 2011 at 5:08 pm

Cinnamon peanut butter swirl?! Cinnamon almond butter sauce?? Oh my gosh…Swirls and sauces immediately amp up any dish. I cannot wait to try these concoctions!!!! :)

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SueAnn C September 21, 2011 at 8:24 pm

These look great! I love oatmeal, sometimes even for dinner! Thanks for sharing!

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Jennifer September 21, 2011 at 9:27 pm

I’m totally making the fall-spice tomorrow. thanks for all the recipes!

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Diane September 22, 2011 at 7:31 am

Thank you for this wonderful idea! I have had steel cut oats in my pantry forever without an idea of what to do with them. I printed this recipe off yesterday and made them last night! I love it! I actually ate half a serving with a spoonful of peanut butter and it was delicious!! I can’t wait to try your add ons to the recipe! Thanks so much – this will be a staple this winter!!

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LizAshlee September 22, 2011 at 7:47 am

I am loving oats these days!! Perfectly warm and satisfying…love that you have chocolate chip cookie dough…I think this would be my fav!

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Brittany Sanders September 22, 2011 at 8:13 am

Thanks for this post – I hadn’t had steel cut oats in so long and this make-ahead recipe works perfectly for busy mornings!

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Karen Cohen September 22, 2011 at 10:37 am

I was inspired by your post and I made steel cut oats last night but instead of the banana I cut up two apples into bit sized pieces and added a touch of agave and lots of cinnamon. instant Apple Cinnamon oats and it taste like pie today

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Angela September 22, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Oh yummy, can’t wait to try all of them! So saw the Cookie Dough version coming :D
I am a Cookie Dough fanatic too!

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Anna September 22, 2011 at 8:39 pm

Your first prune! Congrats! :)
And I have to try that Cinnamon Peanut Butter Swirl… I can’t really plan trying new things in the morning because I often have strong tendencies towards breakfasts I can’t predict the night before… but if I’m feeling peanutty, I’m definitely doin’ it.

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[email protected] September 23, 2011 at 4:01 pm

mmm those combinations look amazing! I may have to start making my oatmeal the night before as well.

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Leslie Paquette September 26, 2011 at 8:14 am

I love steel cut oats! I’ve made them many times the night before and then reheated or eaten them cold the next morning. I’ve always used just water so really enjoyed the addition of almond milk. I followed your recipe exactly and was really pleased with the results. I topped my bowl with 1/2 a chopped banana and 1 serving of PB2 mixed with almond milk. Tomorrow I think I’ll add some chopped nuts since the oats could have used a little more cruchy texture. It’s been 2 1/2 hours since breakfast and I’m still really full :)

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hannah @meager pumpkin September 26, 2011 at 6:35 pm

The Fall Spice currant and prune sounds absolutely scrumptious!
I’ve been a-cravin’ some prunes lately (is that a little odd?!) and what better then in some nice hot autumn oaties!!

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Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) September 27, 2011 at 12:07 am

I have to try those chocolate chip cookie dough steel cut oats!!!!!!

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Isabelle May 19, 2012 at 6:39 am

hi Angela.
thanks for more yummy recipes.
a question about almond butter. So far, all the almond butter I have bought are pretty hard (at the moment I have the PC blue menu one). And not only is it hard to scoop out but it ‘s even harder to mix as there are always “lumps”.
In know that in France they have some blanched almond butter which is whiter and much smoother but can’t seem to be able find it here. Is there a brand you would recommend?
Thanks for your help
Isa

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Allie July 9, 2012 at 7:39 pm

I put steel cut oats in the crockpot…very delicious. 2c soy milk 2.5 cups water 1 cup oats…chia seeds….cinnamon and vanilla

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Maureen September 5, 2012 at 8:42 am

Thanks so much for the Steel cut oats recipe, I tried it this morning and never knew what I was missing. I love oatmeal and have never added the almond milk to it. I always do lots of seeds and dried fruit. The mashed bananas were a real treat. My two year old had a bit and is now sitting at the table with her own bowl (giving me a minute to write this). Can’t wait to start trying so of your other recipes.

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Kristin September 12, 2012 at 10:36 am

I bought some steel-cut oats at Whole Foods and searched for recipes online and stumbled upon your site. What a great find! I made the Make Ahead and ate it as soon as it was finished and it was delicious. No need for sugar or any additions. Thanks!

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liz September 22, 2012 at 11:28 am

Because this site is awesome, I’ll share a hot cereal tip. This is how they do it in Haiti.
Make oatmeal–not instant, old fashioned. While cooking add a few whole star anise.
Try it! Simple and amazing. The beauty about this one is you can wash the star anise
and reuse it.

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Reigh October 1, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Holy crow! I woke up this morning and while I was laying in bed I decided to google some new oatmeal recipes, stumbled upon this one! I made the peanut butter one and I was just about licking the bowl clean!! I’ll be forwarding this page to everyone I know :D

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 1, 2012 at 6:52 pm

aw thank you so much!

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Emily October 12, 2012 at 9:25 pm

Hi! I just wanted to thank you for this post– I came across it via Pinterest a few months ago and decided to try it out. I’ve been doing it almost every week since then, and it has really changed my mornings! I love having such a healthy & delicious breakfast ready to eat in seconds. I feel great all day & it has helped me achieve my goal of consistent healthy eating. Thank you so much!

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Jesse November 21, 2012 at 8:45 pm

I tried the basic recipe with rolled spelt instead of oats..I’m not sure it worked..Have you used rolled spelt?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 22, 2012 at 11:27 am

I dont think I have. What was it like?

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Jesse November 22, 2012 at 5:26 pm

It looks like rolled oats but is caramel-coloured, and hard! I’ll try soaking it more..

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Jennifer Houser March 4, 2013 at 7:32 am

Hi! Love this recipe, and I am addicted to the Berry Almond Bliss! This is the only oatmeal recipe that does not leave me hungry after one hour. I have also topped it with your Coconut Whipped Cream too! Thanks!

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katie March 20, 2013 at 7:56 am

Do you know the nutritional facts on this, like calories per serving and all that jazz?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 21, 2013 at 7:38 am

Hi Katie, Im sorry I don’t have it calculated…you can check out check out caloriecount.com it’s a free service and easy to use.

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Babychupes April 14, 2013 at 11:06 pm

Have you tried a peach version of this? My little one is asking for peach oatmeal.

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Olivia July 22, 2013 at 9:54 am

Hello!! I’m actually currently making your make-ahead steel-cut oats recipe! I didn’t have flax or chia seeds and was wondering if they were just for taste or nutrition :) It smells heavenly in here right now! I can’t wait to grab a bowl for my breakfast!

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Trisha March 19, 2014 at 11:29 am

Hi! I came across this post recently when I was looking for a recipe to make my oats ahead of time. I tried it last night and had them this morning and I was amazed and how good they were! The banana gave the perfect amount of sweetness and they were so creamy. Thank you for this recipe!!!

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Shelby April 2, 2014 at 1:36 pm

Angela,
I love these recipes! I used to eat oatmeal then I strayed for some reason!
Question is: i’ve seen a lot of recipes that ate for overnight oats that don’t require any cooking. Just mix steel cut with almond milk and it’s ready in the am. Do you know this method? What way makes a better texture? Thanks!

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Terri December 2, 2014 at 10:31 pm

Just found your site and am making a list of recipes to try. Thank you!. Working with a cinnamon allergy, any ideas on a good alternative for your oatmeal recipes?

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Carissa January 13, 2015 at 2:06 am

I’ve also found that these freeze really well in single portions. This makes it easy to have a couple times a week. I used to hate oatmeal till I discovered steel cut (less mushy). Although it may have had something to do with my discovery of adding 1tbsp chocolate chips, scoop of peanut butter and 1/2 chopped banana. Those are also some of my favorite summer smoothie ingredients. I’m excited to try some of yours too Angela!

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sharlene March 9, 2015 at 7:37 am

Have you ever made them in the crockpot so they are not so mushy? I tried doing the overnight and I think I need to cut the water down so they come out dryer and chewy versus mushy and lots liquid. Perhaps the rice cooker on white rice setting is what I should try. Has anyone tried this? Any ideas what to do with this wallpaper paste mush I have so I don’t have to throw it out?

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jean June 3, 2015 at 7:15 am

I know this is an older post but did you know you can cook a batch of steel cut oats in the oven and not have to stir it or worry about scorching the pan. I usually put about an inch of steel cut oats in a loaf pan, cover it with 2 inches or a bit more water, heat the oven to 350 degrees and cook it for 40 minutes which is just about right. Then I have oats for the entire week. It holds up well in the oven and there is no messy pan to scrape and clean.

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Karen Kulchisky February 15, 2016 at 6:21 pm

Will try these recipes.

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Shawn McLaughlin September 3, 2018 at 12:15 pm

Made the chocolate chip,w almonds & peanut butter version with regular oats since I didn’t have enough steel cut oats- this morning for my husband, with enough left over 4 a quick breakfast later this week! Thank you I have enjoyed making these recipes many times for my family over the years!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 4, 2018 at 9:29 am

Hey Shawn, I’m so glad you enjoyed the oats! That’s one of my favourite combos too. And I agree…these are perfect for meal prep to kick off the week. Thank you for your kind words!

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