Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 30 mins

A friend of mine has been purchasing steel cut oats in bulk from the Amish in our area and sharing! Since I didn't know how to prepare them, I found a similar recipe online and adapted it to my taste. *Note-you can use 4 cups of water and omit the milk. The milk makes it creamier.


  1. Bring the water to a boil in a large pot. Add the steel cut oats and and salt. Stir.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium low and cook for 30 minutes. Make sure you stir the oats occasionally so they don’t stick to the pan.
  3. When the oats start to thicken, at about 30 minutes, add in the milk and extract. I think the milk makes the oats creamier. Stir the oats, milk, and extract together and cook for ten more minutes.
  4. Add in cinnamon and raisins or whatever toppings you wish.
  5. (If you want to make bruleed oats-put the oats in a bowl, sprinkle with brown sugar and turbinado sugar. With a creme brulee torch, fire the top of the oats until the sugar is crystalized).
  6. Serve the oats hot. This batch makes 4-6 servings. If you want you can let the oats cool and then portion them out into smaller containers. To reheat, add a splash of milk and reheat in the microwave for 1-2 minutes.
Most Helpful

I love steel oats and have tried several on here and enjoy them all. This version is a lovely creamy texture, I made as directed and next time might even try leaving out the milk as I really like mine chewy. I followed the direction and was very pleased with the results. I topped with rasberries from my garden but think bananna would be good and even the peanut butter I saw another reviewer tried.

Bonnie G #2 July 26, 2012

Loved this recipe, after years of making oatmeal decided to try steel cut. The cinnamon and vanilla added a great new dimension to what it means to have hot cereal in the morning. Topped with maple syrup and blackberries, it is great.

lenniejo June 22, 2013

I thought this was good. I liked the addition of the vanilla and cinnamon. I then added a little coconut oil and coconut sugar.

Bobbin May 25, 2013