Maple Cinnamon Oatmeal Recipe (Steel Cut Oats)

Steel Cut Oats are surprisingly easy to make - it’s the only kind of oatmeal my son loves. The texture, flavor and goodness of real oatmeal can’t be beat! | natashaskitchen.com

Steel cut oats are easy to cook. It obviously takes longer than instant sugar-laden oatmeal from a packet, but you really just stir it a couple of times and it practically cooks itself. The texture, flavor and nutritive value of steel cut oats (i.e. real oatmeal) can’t be beat.

Ok, so this is huge, gigantic – a really big deal!… My son ate oatmeal! He’s NEVER been a fan, until he tried steel cut oats last week. The boy has good taste! Have you tried steel cut oats? I hope I hope I hope you do after reading this.

We’ve recently been on a mission to reduce the amount of added sugar we eat and we noticed that the instant organic oatmeal that I’ve been consuming for years has sugar listed as the second ingredient, which meant there was ALOT of it. Grrr. I love oatmeal so I knew I needed a substitute. Can I tell you a secret? Last week was the first time I’ve ever tried steel cut oats. And then I made it twice more that week.

My husband told me to hurry up and post the recipe so he knows exactly how to cook steel cut oats – he loved it too! I learned this cooking method from the one and only Alton Brown. Where has this goodness been all my life?

Steel Cut Oats are surprisingly easy to make - it’s the only kind of oatmeal my son loves. The texture, flavor and goodness of real oatmeal can’t be beat! | natashaskitchen.com

Ingredients for Maple Steel Cut Oats:

1 Tbsp unsalted Butter
1 cup steel cut oats (I used Bob’s Red Mill brand, dry/un-rinsed)
3 cups boiling water
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
1/4 tsp salt
1 Tbsp maple syrup, plus more to taste
1/4 tsp cinnamon, plus more to taste
2 cups fresh fruit or berries (I used sliced peaches and raspberries)

Steel Cut Oats are surprisingly easy to make - it’s the only kind of oatmeal my son loves. The texture, flavor and goodness of real oatmeal can’t be beat! | natashaskitchen.com

How to Make the Best Steel Cut Oats (i.e. Breakfast of champions): 

1. Set a medium saucepan  or dutch oven* over medium heat. Melt in 1 Tbsp butter then add 1 cup oats and toast for 2 min, stirring occasionally. Toasting them will give them a nice nuttiness. *We have been making this in a dutch oven lately because everything just tastes better in a dutch oven! 

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2. Add 3 cups boiling water then reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook on low for 20 minutes without stirring.

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3. Combine 1/2 cup whole milk with 1/2 cup buttermilk. Pour over the oatmeal and add 1/4 tsp salt then stir just until incorporated. Cook another 10 minutes uncovered, stirring gently once or twice – don’t over mix (note: if you’re using a large sauce pan, keep the pan covered the entire time – a larger surface area will cause the steam to escape faster and dry out if left uncovered).

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4. Finally, stir in 1/4 tsp cinnamon and 1 Tbsp maple syrup, or to taste. Divide among 4 bowls and top each bowl with about 1/2 cup of fresh fruit (plus a sprinkle of cinnamon and drizzle of maple syrup if desired)

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Maple Cinnamon Oatmeal Recipe (Steel Cut Oats)

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 32 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
The texture, flavor and nutritive value of steel cut oats (i.e. real oatmeal) can't be beat.
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $3-$5
Servings: 4 (1-cup servings)

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp unsalted Butter
  • 1 cup steel cut oats I used Bob's Red Mill brand, dry/un-rinsed
  • 3 cups boiling water
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup plus more to taste
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon plus more to taste
  • 2 cups fresh fruit or berries I used sliced peaches and raspberries

Instructions

  1. Set a medium saucepan over medium heat. Melt in 1 Tbsp butter then add 1 cup oats and toast for 2 min, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add 3 cups boiling water then reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook on low 20 min without stirring.
  3. Combine 1/2 cup whole milk with 1/2 cup buttermilk. Pour over the oatmeal and add 1/4 tsp salt then stir just until incorporated. Cook another 10 min uncovered, stirring gently once or twice - don't over mix.
  4. Finally, stir in 1/4 tsp cinnamon and 1 Tbsp maple syrup, or to taste. Divide among 4 bowls and top each bowl with about 1/2 cup of fresh fruit (plus a sprinkle of cinnamon and drizzle of maple syrup if desired)

Recipe Notes

If you're using a large sauce pan, keep the pan covered the entire time - a larger surface area will cause the steam to escape faster and dry out if left uncovered.

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Steel Cut Oats are surprisingly easy to make - it’s the only kind of oatmeal my son loves. The texture, flavor and goodness of real oatmeal can’t be beat! | natashaskitchen.com

I know exactly what went into this and I used a natural sweetener – maple syrup. I feel awesome about feeding it to my family. Now that’s what I call breakfast! Have I convinced you yet? Now go forth and make steel cut oats for your family 🙂

Steel Cut Oats are surprisingly easy to make and it’s kid friendly! The texture, flavor and goodness of real oatmeal can’t be beat! | natashaskitchen.com

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  • Larisa
    April 27, 2018

    Best steel cut oats recipe out there!! Thank you so much. Finally traditional oatmeal found its competition. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 27, 2018

      You’re welcome Larisa! I’m happy to hear you’ve found a fav. Thanks so much for sharing your outstanding review! Reply

  • August 31, 2015

    You’ve never tried steel cut oats??? Gurrrll…you slackin 🙂 I prefer them over any other type of oats and excited to this buttermilk method! Never ever would’ve thought to add buttermilk. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 31, 2015

      I know it! Better now than never, right? 😉 Reply

  • Ruslana
    August 31, 2015

    If anyone is interested, for the overnight soak method I mentioned above, it’s 1 cup oats to 4 cups water. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 31, 2015

      Thank you so much for sharing that! Reply

  • Ruslana
    August 31, 2015

    I discovered steel cut oats not too long ago too and haven’t got tired of it for breakfast. I soak mine overnight and have a ready breakfast in the morning for work. I boil 4 cups water then add the oats and let it boil for like a minute then turn it off, close with a lid and set aside to stay overnight. In the morning I can add little milk to warm it up on the stove and then I like to add chia seeds, honey, and usually blueberries and sometimes nuts too, it tastes delicious. It makes breakfast really quick in the morning if you’re in a rush:) I want to try your version too when I have more time to make breakfast. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 31, 2015

      I love the make ahead option! That would be perfect for really busy mornings which are most mornings. 😉 thank you so much for sharing that with me. Reply

      • Ruslana
        August 31, 2015

        No problem and the other good thing about this is that it stays in the fridge for a while so I make a batch and have ready breakfast for a week 🙂 how cool is that 🙂 Reply

  • August 30, 2015

    I LOVE oatmeal from steel cut oats. It has such a great texture. My favorite addition is caramelized bananas. I also like adding apples, raisins, cinnamon, walnuts, apricots – not all at once:). Although it’s just as great with just maple syrup and cinnamon. My husband really likes oatmeal too. I like making a double portion on Saturday and it’s so easy to reheat it the next day before church. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 30, 2015

      Oh my goodness I hadn’t even thought of caramelized bananas. Yum!! That’s a great idea to make a double portion for the next day also. Thanks so much for sharing! Reply

  • Mariana
    August 30, 2015

    I’ve never made homemade oatmeal, I thought it was hard to make, (always used the individual pockets) however this recipe not only its easy to make, but super delicious and nutritious!Thank you so much for this recipe and all your recipes, my family loves it!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 30, 2015

      Mariana, I’m so happy your family enjoyed this, thank you for the wonderful review :). Reply

  • maria
    August 29, 2015

    Is there a way I can make this using instant oatmeal? its just the only one on hand and I want to make this tomorrow morning. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 30, 2015

      Maria, really the only way to do it, is to cook instant oatmeal according to package instructions and just add maple syrup and cinnamon as a flavor. Just be careful doing it, because lots of instant oatmeals have added sweeteners. Hope this helps :). Reply

  • cheryl
    August 29, 2015

    I was so glad to see the instructions for toasting the oatmeal before adding boiling water. I do the same, but without the butter and at least 2 teaspoons of cinnamon and maybe half teaspoon of sea salt.

    Also, I place a few teaspoons of chocolate chips and maybe some raisins to the bottom of bowl and then spoon the hot oatmeal on top. I do not stir and I do not add any other sweetener. Definitely worth the wait.

    Some times I make large batch and spoon into sandwich bags, express the air and freeze. Microwave in bag and carefully pour into bowl. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 29, 2015

      I love your ideas! Do you toast with the cinnamon and salt? I bet that smells amazing! The chocolate chips and raisins sound like such a treat! Great tip about freezing it! Reply

  • Kristina
    August 29, 2015

    Hello Natasha! Very excited to try this and I love steel cuts:) will kefir make a difference instead of buttermilk? I’m not sure how buttermilk work…thanks! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 29, 2015

      I think kefir would work fine. They are pretty similar in composition. And it may taste even better with kefir. Reply

  • sofia
    August 29, 2015

    Hey Natasha, hope all is well. Don’t know if you’re taking feedback about the site but you seem to always welcome it. I personally prefer the old black and white print format, old logo, I think some green should accent the site. The pictures feel a bit big. Certainly it’s your site and I hope you take no offense. The recipes great, now how’re we going to make this last all week to feed the kids before school? Without getting nasty, you know? I feed feed my son the sugary organic stuff almost every day, steel cuts chillin in the cabinet. Its close to impossible to avoid all the hidden suger They add to get you hooked etc.,unless you cook everything from scratch. I could write an essay on this but won’t. Cream of Wheat will take front and center now, oh how convinient those packets were. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 29, 2015

      I was pretty disappointed when I realized how much sugar my organic oatmeal had. I guess it was the thought that organic = healthy. Thanks for the feedback! The pictures are the same size as before; maybe they look bigger because the site is less cluttered? You should be able to choose on your print settings whether you want to print in color or black and white. I wanted to avoid green because as much as I love Christmas, I didn’t want the site to look like Christmas ;-). But I agree, green does go well with red. Reply

  • Luda
    August 28, 2015

    I love oatmeal! Have been using either rolled oats or steel cut. Mostly rolled oats as they get cooked faster. I usually add raisins to it, so there is no need for sugar. I do add quite bit of raisins, to satisfy my toddler’s palate 😉
    It’s an interesting idea to add butter milk! Will give it a try! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 28, 2015

      I love the idea of adding raisins! The buttermilk ads a nice layer of flavor. You probably wouldn’t know it was in there unless you read the recipe first :). It’s very nice. Reply

  • Galina
    August 28, 2015

    I never made the real oatmeal cause honestly I didn’t know a good way to cook it😒thanks so much for sharing this recipe natash!!!! I will definitely try this out!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 28, 2015

      I hope you enjoy it as much as we all did! 🙂 Reply

  • August 28, 2015

    Wow, you really decided to be healthy.:) We have been making steel cut oatmeal for years now. Our Costco in Canada sells a huge bag of organic Bob’s Red Mill quick cooking steel cut oats that take 15 minutes. We make that with almond milk and butter and honey or maple syrup. Toppings of choice. The only packaged oatmeal I get is organic by Nature’s Path. No crap and very little sugar in flavoured ones. I give those occasionally to my youngest one to daycare and husband takes to work. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 28, 2015

      Thanks for sharing! Where do you buy that brand of oatmeal? Reply

      • sofia
        August 29, 2015

        The Natures path is what I buy, they always have it at Big Lots. Although sugar is still the 2nd ingredient. You should check out vitacost they have everything wonderful for less. Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          August 29, 2015

          Thank you! Reply

      • September 1, 2015

        Check Fred Meyer or Safeway. Even Walmart might carry it. Here Nature’s Path has store locator by the product http://us.naturespath.com/about/stores I love their stuff. My kids eat their cereal. Yes it has sugar but way less and higher quality sugar than conventional cereals. I can live with 4-7 g of sugar per serving in this case. Organic and no artificial stuff. Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          September 1, 2015

          Thanks for sharing!! Reply

  • August 28, 2015

    Steel cut is so much better for us than the instant stuff. I’m not a fan of oatmeal, but THIS is very enticing! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 28, 2015

      I hope this changes your mind about oatmeal. It sure did for my son, who never liked oatmeal before he tried the real stuff. 🙂 Reply

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