Sarah’s Famous Steel-Cut Oatmeal: Fall Remix #pumpkinspice

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Fall’s cool mornings just cry out for warm, filling breakfast, right?  Save yourself some money on those overpriced fall-spiced lattes and coffee shop muffins the size of your head, and and make a bowl of pumpkin spice oatmeal instead.  You can get your pumpkin spice fix without hurting your wallet or your waistline.

Steel cut oats are a tasty and nutritious way to start your day, but whenever I mention them, people raise some objections.  The two most common ones I hear are:

They take so long to cook!


Oatmeal?  Isn’t that kind of boring?

Let’s start with the first one.  It’s true — Ain’t nobody got time for simmering oatmeal on a hot stove for thirty minutes in the morning.  But as long as you don’t have an aversion to microwaving, you can have delicious steel-cut oatmeal in your life without waking up early to cook.  Make them in the evening while you’re cleaning up from dinner.  They really are just as good reheated — I promise!

And boring?  Not if you add all of your favorites things! way.  I love oatmeal because there are so many different ways to make it your own.

The Basic Recipe (makes 4 servings):

1 c. steel cut oats

4 c. water

Pinch of salt

Combine ingredients, bring to a boil, and reduce to a simmer for 30 minutes.  Add your favorite oatmeal toppings and enjoy.

Fall Remix – Pumpkin spice oatmeal mix-ins:

I like to add mix-ins to the whole batch of oatmeal while it’s warm, then portion it out into individual pyrex bowls for storage and easy reheating.  If you have a variety of food preferences in your family, though, you could certain do this bowl-by-bowl as you reheat in the morning.  Down with boring oatmeal!

For a full batch, add:

1/2 can of pumpkin puree

1 T. (or more!) of pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon

Handful of dried cranberries, unsweetened applesauce, and/or a drizzle of maple syrup for sweetness (add to taste – I like cranberries for the texture)

Chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts would be excellent) or a big dollop of nut butter (I like the crunch of actual nuts, but use what you have on hand)

To reheat:

Microwave a single bowl, then add a splash of milk or almond milk to thin it (I will admit, refrigerated oatmeal can be a little gloppy) and cool it off.  It lasts for a week in the fridge!

Have I convinced you to give steel cut oats a try?  What’s your favorite warm breakfast food? 

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26 thoughts on “Sarah’s Famous Steel-Cut Oatmeal: Fall Remix #pumpkinspice

  1. Steel-cut oats are better for you than the instant variety, correct? Guess I never thought to make it the night before and just heat-up in the morning. Thanks for the recipe! We like oatmeal too, just brown sugar + raisins. I should spice it up for fall though.

  2. Hi there!

    I saw your comment over on Katie’s Pick Any Two. If I wanted to buy steel cut oats would I find them at a regular grocery store? I’ve only bought instant before so I don’t know what to expect, but I do enjoy oatmeal and your recipe sounds yummy.
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    • Hey Katy! Yes, you can find them at the regular grocery store (sometimes they’re in the organic section) but I think they’re often overpriced there, so I get mine in the bulk bins at a health food store.

  3. I bought a bag of Bob’s Steel Cut Oats a long time ago and have never gotten around to figuring out how to cook them. Thanks for the recipe…can’t wait to try!
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