Easy Steel Cut Oats: Winter’s Best Breakfast{32}

Easy steel cut oats

Easy steel cut oats: deliciously simple and second-serving worthy!

A bowl of steel cut oats is a fall breakfast favorite for me. I’ve never been a huge fan of rolled oats, that is unless in a cookie, granola bar or apple crisp. (Hmmm, I see a pattern developing.) As a breakfast food, its texture and consistency seem better suited for those wearing bibs awaiting big spoon choo-choos to deliver their slimy cargo post haste than for those set to champion to take on the world each morning. Yes, your mom was right; breakfast IS important.

easy steel cut oats in the raw uncooked form

Steel Cut Oaks are the monster trucks of grains; their rolled oats counterparts, flattened clunkers.

The day I discovered steel coats oats, I was a changed man. This is the food of lumberjacks and iron workers, longshoreman and farmers.  After a bowl of winter’s best breakfast, I feel the need to put on flannel and fell a tree. (Anyone seen my blue ox, Babe?) Why are steel cut oats so great? The texture is firm, the flavor is nutty, and I would never call it mush.

steel pan steel cuts oak

A steamy steel sauce pan, readies itself for steel cut oats.

But when it comes to making steel cut oatmeal, most people complain it takes too long.  So I’m here to show you a quick and easy way to cook steel cut oats. The secret is timing. If you take a step or two before you go to bed, breakfast will be ready when you wake up, and for a couple days down the road.

Recipe: Easy Steel Cut Oats 


  1. 4 Cup of water (3 Cups for firmer oats)
  2. 1 Cup steel cut oats
  3. 1/4 teaspoon of salt

Making the Night Before:

  1. Boil water.
  2. Add salt and oatmeal.
  3. Stir thoroughly.
  5. Continue to stir until boiling subsides.
  6. Again, the stovetop is now OFF.
  7. Place the lid on the pan.
  8. Return in the morning to 4-5 servings of toasty oat goodness.
  9. Breakfast is ready for the week.

I divide it into four servings and just microwave it when I want it–two minutes and it’s done.

easy steel cut oats toppings deluxe

Easy Steel Cut Oats is the perfect nutritious vehicle for your favorite toppings.

Not surprisingly, I like to gild this lily by chopping up some dried fruit and nuts to top it off.

Custom Oatmeal Topping Recipe (add what you like)

  1. 1 Cup of nuts
  2. 1/2 Cup dried currants
  3. 1/2 Cup golden raisins
  4. 1/2 Cup dried apricots, chopped
  5. 1/2 Cup of brown sugar
  6. 1 teaspoon cinnamon

MIx the ingredients together and top off your oatmeal with a couple spoonfuls.

oatmeal topping

Just a spoonful of goodness on top of what’s good for you.

Drizzle with a little maple syrup and milk for winter’s best  breakfast–so says Tom and Boz. (Gracie prefers scrambled eggs.)

Boz the bulldog and steel cut oats

Boz trying to move a bowl of steel cut oats through mind meld and unwavering concentration.

What I was blogging about a year ago:

  1. Sweet New Job for an Old Sugar Bowl
  2. Boz Likes to Help With the Dishes