How to Make the Perfect Steel Cut Oats

Learn some health benefits of steel cut oats. Recipe for perfectly, creamy oatmeal made from steel cut oats.

A favorite breakfast in our household happens to be steel cut oats.  The hubby refuses to eat any form of oatmeal, but TJ and I absolutely love having oatmeal for breakfast.

  Steel Cut Oat Health Benefits

Learn some health benefits of steel cut oats. Recipe for perfectly, creamy oatmeal made from steel cut oats.

Let’s rundown just a few of the health benefits for steel cut oats:

  1. Helps decrease risk for heart disease due to being a great source of fiber
  2. Helps with maintaining blood glucose level due to low glycemic index.  A lot of fancy words to basically say that it helps doesn’t raise your blood sugar levels too quickly and helps to keep you feeling fuller longer.
  3. Helps control blood pressure

With a history of diabetes and heart disease in my family, you can understand why these health benefits are important to me.

Breastfeeding Benefits?

Are you breastfeeding? Well guess what, oats have been found to help with breastmilk production in breastfeeding moms.

I’m not saying that you can eat steel cut oats and magically you’ll be able to feed the entire world.  But I have noticed a difference in my milk production when I consistently eat oatmeal, ALONG with eating a balanced diet and staying hydrated.

I am exclusively breastfeeding my 7 month old daughter and I tandem nursed both kids for about 6 weeks.  I’m sure you can understand why this ends up as breakfast 2-3 times per week.

The Recipe

Learn some health benefits of steel cut oats. Recipe for perfectly, creamy oatmeal made from steel cut oats.

It’s taken me a few tries to get this recipe the way I like it, but I think I’ve got it figured out.  I always do half milk and water for the liquid helps the oatmeal to have a super creamy texture.  Whole milk will give the oatmeal its creamiest potential however, using 1% or fat-free milk is beneficial for those watching their fat and calorie intake.  Don’t worry, using a lower fat milk will still give the oats a great creamy texture.  I never measure my vanilla because I love the flavor (don’t judge people) and I also may add a tiny bit more brown sugar than the recipe calls for on occasion (also a non-judgmental moment).

The most important thing to remember with this recipe is to stir the oatmeal really well while it is cooking.  The steel cut oats can stick to the bottom of the saucepan easily.  From experience, I can assure you that you do not want to eat burnt steel cut oats, so stir people.  Stir, stir, stir!

Once my oatmeal is cooked I love to top with fresh or dried fruits, granola, or nut butters.  Our most common topping tends to be bananas and strawberries.  When fresh berries are out of season, I use frozen strawberries.  I typically will puree the defrosted strawberries with a little sugar to make a nice sauce.

What are some of your favorite oatmeal toppings? I’d love hear down below!

Perfect Steel Cut Oats

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4


  • 2 tbsp of unsalted butter
  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 2 cups of whole milk (use lower fat milk for less fat content in overall recipe)
  • 2 cups of water
  • 3 tbsp of light brown sugar
  • 1-2 tsp of pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt


  1. In medium size sauce pan, melt butter over medium heat.
  2. Add steel cut oats and toast for about 3 minutes, until they smell nutty.
  3. Add milk, water, sugar, vanilla, and salt to pan and stir until sugar is dissolved.
  4. Cook over medium heat for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally to keep oats from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  5. Add favorite toppings and enjoy!
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