Steel cut oats

Steel cut oats

Would you be surprised to know that I eat some variation of steel cut oats every single morning? Ok, maybe not every morning, but every morning that I have time to prepare a proper breakfast. My favorite way to eat steel cut oats is with shredded coconut and chunks of banana, but my flavor of the month (pictured above) has been blueberry with lemon juice and lavender. I've got to warn you, though - steel cut oats are delicious, filling and will probably cause you to have consistent bowel movements. YAY FOR POOPING REGULARLY!

Clearly that was one of those shining moments where it's blatantly obvious I grew up with five brothers. Just promise you won't judge me based on the fact that I get excited about pooping every morning, ok?


1 cup filtered water
1/4 cup steel cut oats
2 tbsp flax meal
1/8 tsp unsulphured molasses
Pinch of fine sea salt
1/4 cup almond milk, optional

In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring the water to a boil. Add the oats and let boil for 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally. During the last 5-10 minutes, the mixture should thicken and start to boil rapidly; stir frequently during this time. Once the mixture has thickened to your liking, stir in the flax meal, molasses, salt, almond milk (if using) and any other toppings you'd like. A few of my favorites are listed below.

Toppings | banana chunks, shredded coconut and cinnamon; pomegranate seeds, orange zest and chopped pistachios; sliced pear, cardamom and chia seeds; blueberries, lemon juice and lavender; golden raisins, shredded coconut and maple syrup; apple chunks, cinnamon and walnuts

Yield: 1 serving


  1. i eat oats every morning, too and love them. and, don't worry, i get excited about going potty every morning, too ;)

  2. HAHA. Oh, Ashlae.
    I have two brothers that speak the same way still even now, but I may as well say I have three because my sister talks about poop and butts every minute of every day.

    I eat steel cut oats every Saturday and Sunday (the only days I have the time to make anything but a smoothie). I eat it with banana, almonds and chopped figs. YUM! But I'd love to try some lavender in my oats one day. That sounds killer.

  3. yum! those blueberries look perfect in the oats!

  4. If you are guaranteeing me regular bowel movements, then I will eat it!!! :)

  5. your pictures are awesome. and i want some steel cut oatmeal now.

  6. i love steel cut oats as much as i love to poop daily - tee-hee. but i make mine a bit differently. it takes longer, but is easier actually. i do start them on the stove by bringing water to a boil. then add the oats all at once and stir them well until they are....well...stirred. then i put the in the oven at 225 degrees for an hour. they are perfect every time. if i start this as soon as I get up, i have time to run and shower before breakfast. i love how this works in my schedule. just an fyi (and yes your toppings sound sooo yummy i will have to try them!!!!)

  7. Another recipe down! I made this for breakfast this morning using Linda's preparation tips. The steel cut oats turned out very nicely. I also added half a banana, sliced, a few spoonfuls of frozen blueberries, and cinnamon. I replaced the molasses with barley malt syrup because this is what I had on hand. All in all, it was nice, but I feel like it was missing something. Maybe the almond milk would have made the difference? At any rate, thanks for another recipe! The photos are gorgeous, and I haven't tried anything on here that I wouldn't try again.