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Make Ahead Steel-Cut Oats

Make Ahead Steel-Cut Oats

To help make breakfast less stressful and more nutritious, try this recipe for Make Ahead Steel-Cut Oats (sometimes called Irish Oatmeal).

A steel-cut oat is a whole grain groat that has been cut into small pieces.  Unlike rolled or instant oats, steel-cut oats haven’t been partially pre-cooked, so they retain more of their natural taste, texture, and nutrients.

They take longer to cook compared to quick oats, about 20 minutes in total. But that’s okay (that’s why were making them ahead), the nutty flavour and chewy texture are worth it.  And… this type of oatmeal can be reheated without loosing its chew – Awesome!

Steel-cut oatmeal will last up to 5 days in the fridge, so make a big batch! When you’re crazy busy in the morning, you’ll be glad you did.  It’s a satisfying breakfast that will keep you feeling comfortably full until your mid-morning break.


Delicious Steel-Cut Oatmeal Toppings:

  • Dried Fruit: blueberries, currents, raisins, apricots, cranberries, coconut.
  • Nuts and Seeds: walnuts, pecans, almonds, peanuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds.
  • Dairy: Milk, almond milk, soy milk, yogurt.
  • Sweeteners – Dark chocolate chips, maple syrup, honey, brown sugar, agave.
  • Fresh or Frozen Fruit: fruit salad, peaches, raspberries, grated apple, frozen blueberries (the heat from the oatmeal thaws them quickly).

Make Ahead Steel-Cut Oats

Yield: Makes 3 cups of steel-cut oatmeal

Make Ahead Steel-Cut Oats


4 cups water
1 cup steel-cut oats


  1. Bring water to a boil in a medium pot over high heat. 
  2. Stir in steel-cut oats and a pinch of salt.
  3. Reduce heat to medium.  Cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes.
  4. Cover, remove from heat, and let stand for a few minutes.
  5. Enjoy with toppings, or cool and store covered in the fridge.

To Reheat Steel-Cut Oatmeal:

Transfer a scoop of oatmeal to a microwaveable bowl and microwave on high for 1 - 2 minutes.  Or, transfer a scoop of oatmeal to a small pot with a splash of water. Heat over low heat, stirring often until warmed through.


Steel-Cut Oat Tips:

  • You can find steel-cut oats at most grocery stores, usually next to boxed oatmeal or in the British/international isle (especially if the oats are labeled as Irish Oatmeal).  If you can’t find them, try a bulk food store — they usually have it, and for a great price, too!
  • To tell if steel-cut oats are done cooking, taste them.  You can slightly under-cook, or over-cook the oats depending of how much chew you like.
  • Steel-cut oats give you 100% whole grains — not partially hydrogenated oils, artificial flavours, artificial colours, or unnecessary amounts of sugar and salt.


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  2. I love Steel Cut Oats. I cook mine in Almond Silk Milk and add mashed banana, pinch of cinnamon and a dash of Vanilla. YUM!!!