Nov 27, 2016 (Last updated Dec 4, 2023) by Hannah Sunderani
Today I’m teaching you how to make the PERFECT steel cut oatmeal that’s rich, creamy, and made with just 3 ingredients: steel cut oats, almond milk and maple syrup. Plus, we’re putting a modern twist on the old-time favourite and turning this classic steel cut oatmeal into a decadent oatmeal with the addition of homemade caramelized bananas for topping. After the first bite, you’ll never call oatmeal boring again!
If you didn’t know already, I’m a HUGE oats lover. In fact, my award-winning and best-selling cookbook, The Two Spoons Cookbook, is filled with tons of ways to use them for any meal of the day. Here on the blog you can find some of my favourite oat-based recipes, including Classic Oatmeal, Oatmeal Muffins, Baked Oatmeal Recipes, Savoury Oatmeal, Overnight Oats, and more! I’ve even snuck them into unsuspecting vegan breakfast recipes like Banana Pancakes and Waffles!
But, if you’re completely new to cooking oatmeal from scratch then starting with this easy steel cut oatmeal recipe is the perfect introduction. This steel cut oatmeal recipe is fool-proof, and once topped with caramelized bananas, crunchy almonds, and a drizzle of almond butter, you’ll be in love with it’s decadence and nutty flavour! It’s truly a restaurant-worthy breakfast worth sharing and repeating!
Figuring out the different Types of Oats and what they’re used for can be confusing, but knowing their differences is actually quite simple! I’ve even put together a complete guide showcasing the different types of oats and how to use them, but here’s the basics:
Steel-cut oats are a type of oat made from whole oat groats (oat kernels) that have been chopped into small pieces using steel blades. They’re nuttier tasting, have a chewier texture, and typically take longer to cook as they are oats in one of their least process forms.
Rolled oats, or old-fashioned oats, on the other hand are flat looking oats that are made by rolling a whole oat groat flat between steel rollers. They’re softer and chewier in texture, and have a wonderful creamy consistency once cooked or soaked overnight.
Both types of oats are staples for me in my home kitchen as they’re so versatile, easy to meal prep, and so much better textured than instant oats! So without further ado, let me tell you exactly how to prepare a big batch of cozy steel cut oats at home!
As promised, making steel cut oatmeal at home requires just 3 basic ingredients:
There are really only 3 steps to making the perfect steel cut oatmeal on the stovetop.
First, toast a 1/2 cup of steel cut oats by adding them to a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the oats are lightly toasted and they create a nutty aroma, about 5 minutes.
Next, pour in the almond milk, maple syrup, and add a pinch of salt, and stir to combine. Increase the heat to medium-high and bring the oats to a boil.
Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium-low, and let the oats simmer, stirring occasionally, until soft, thickened, and has a pleasantly chewy texture, about 25 to 30 minutes.
If desired, add an additional splash of milk to thin to your desired consistency, then divide into individual servings and enjoy immediately while warm and creamy!
Absolutely! Making steel cut oatmeal in a pressure cooker is one of the best ways to enjoy a hearty bowl of oats with a fraction of the cook time thanks to the high pressure. For my favourite Instant Pot cook method, and to know the exact rations you need, check out my recipe: 4-Minute Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats Recipe.
This recipe is for a warm stovetop oatmeal, but if you prefer chilled overnight oats or don’t have time to cook on busy mornings, try my Overnight Steel Cut Oats recipe!
There are many ways to top your morning oats (we will get to that below!), but if you’ve never tried your oats topped with caramelized bananas, you’re seriously missing out! It’s like banana oatmeal, but with an added sweet, gooey, and caramelized texture that’s completely euphoric.
To make, simply heat coconut oil in a medium skillet on the stovetop over medium-high heat. Once the coconut oil is warm and melted, sprinkle the pan with coconut sugar and cinnamon in an even layer. Add the halved banana slices to the skillet and fry until golden brown and caramelized. Flip each banana slice, and cook the other side until equally caramelized and golden, about 1-2 minutes.
Serve immediately over the steel cut oatmeal and drizzle with almond butter, toasted almonds, and additional pure maple syrup to taste.
Out of ripe bananas? No problem! This healthy breakfast option can be topped with virtually any topping of choice. Don’t be afraid to load it up!
I hope you love this hearty breakfast recipe as much as I do! If you do make this steel cut oatmeal, please let me know in the comments below what you think and check out The Two Spoons App for more wholesome vegan recipes like this! I truly love hearing from you, and I’m always here to answer any questions you might have.
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