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How to Make Steel Cut Oatmeal

How to Make Steel Cut Oatmeal

Steel cut oats are an oatmeal lovers dream.  They are so completely different from mushy instant oats, they’re practically a different species!  Steel cut oats are the least processed form of oat cereal.  They’re made from oat groats (grains).  The whole grain groats are hulled (inedible husk removed), toasted and chopped into small pieces.  By comparison, instant oats are made by chopping the groats, rolling them very fine, cooking them, dehydrating them and usually adding flavor or preservatives to the finished product.  Steel cut oats make a hearty, rustic cereal.  This method of cooking creates a creamy porridge with great texture – the oats are soft but still maintain a delightfully chewy bite.  They’re denser and more satisfying than instant oats and have a lower glycemic load.  Their flavor is mild and slightly nutty and can be dressed up with a variety of flavors and fixins.  Steel cut oats make a wholesome, delicious breakfast – what a great way to start the day!

How to Cook Steel Cut Oatmeal

Yields: 2 servings, Cooking Time: 15-20 minutes


  • ½ cup steel cut oats
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup milk (I prefer whole)
  • ¼ cup raisins (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  • Maple syrup or honey to taste


  • Combine everything except the sweetener in a small to medium size saucepan.  Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat stirring occasionally.
  • As soon as it boils, reduce heat to low and cover for 10 minutes.
  • Remove the lid and continue to cook until you reach your desired consistency (3-5 minutes by my taste).  Stir regularly at this point because food sticks faster when the lid is removed.
  • Add maple syrup or honey to taste.
  • Optional: top with nuts, fruit, yogurt or whatever else strikes your fancy!

Note: Steel cut oats can also be soaked prior to cooking.  This speeds their cooking time and actually makes them more digestible.  Click here for instructions on soaking oatmeal:


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