When it comes to oatmeal there’s many options and not all are created equal.
- Steel cut oats are the least processed form and are simply oat groats cut into pieces. Since they are the least processed, they take the longest time to cook. Steel cut oats have a chewy texture.
- Rolled oats (also called old fashioned oats) are steamed and then rolled flat.
- Quick oats (instant oats) have been pre-cooked, dried, rolled and chopped. They have a mushy texture.
Since these all start out as oat groats, the overall nutrient composition is similar. However, less processing leads to a more satisfying meal since the oats take longer for the body to break down. Steel cut oats topped with fruit and nuts will keep you feeling full much longer than quick oats.
There’s only one ingredient you absolutely need for this super simple 3-step recipe and that is steel cut oats. Everything else can be substituted if needed.
You can find steel cut oats in the breakfast aisle at most grocery stores and in the bulk food section. Or simply order online (*Affiliate link). We recommend always having steel cut oats in your pantry because they are 1. healthy 2. shelf stable and 3. an easy and filling breakfast.
Next up on the ingredient list is non-dairy milk. If you don’t have any on hand, you can sub water, although the final product won’t be quite as creamy. We use Joi to make our non-dairy milk. It’s a nutbase that you simply blend with water and voila – you’ve got a non-dairy milk! We wrote a detailed post about Joi and you can read that HERE.
We think you can’t go wrong by adding cinnamon to your steel cut oats. It’s kind of a peanut butter and jelly situation. Or chocolate and PB… they just go together. If you need some cinnamon, you can get that HERE (*Affiliate link).
And lastly, really any other toppings you like. We always add a fruit (berries, mashed banana, mangos, peaches, etc.) and some type of chopped nuts and seeds (walnuts, pepitas, sunflower seeds, chia, flaxseed, etc.). And don’t forget to top it off with some maple syrup or honey. ??
A note about flavored instant oatmeal packages.. These are usually full of sugar and other additives. Looking at the label of a packet of maple and brown sugar oatmeal you’ll notice that it has oats and 15 other ingredients! Just one small packet has 8 grams of sugar. Eat one of those every day for a week and you’ll have had 14 packets of sugar. Steer clear!
Leftover steel cut oats (with or without toppings) keep well in a sealed container in the fridge, simply heat up and enjoy!
Creamy & Easy Steel Cut Oats
- Medium Saucepan
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 3 cups non-daily milk (almond, soy, cashew) or water
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup fruit (berries, peaches, apples, bananas)
- 2 T chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans, almonds)
- optional toppings: dried fruit, seeds, coconut flakes, maple syrup, additional non-dairy milk
- Combine oats and non-dairy milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, cover and reduce heat to low. Stir occasionally.
- After 20 minutes add cinnamon and fruit. Cover and let cook for an additional 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat, stir and let sit for 3 minutes to allow oatmeal to thicken. Serve topped with nuts. Add a splash of non-dairy milk for extra creaminess.
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