Steel-Cut Oatmeal with Blueberry Compote


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2 cups frozen blueberries 1/4 cup sugar 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided 4 cups water 1 cup steel-cut oats (certified gluten-free if necessary) 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon butter. Ingredients 2 cups frozen blueberries 1/4 cup sugar 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided 4 cups water 1 cup steel-cut oats 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon butter. Stir in oats and cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until thick and creamy, 12-14 minutes. Stir in 1 teaspoon honey.

Meanwhile, in a separate saucepan, combine blueberries, basil, water and remaining 2 teaspoons honey. Cover and cook over medium-low heat until blueberries begin to burst and soften, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Uncover and cook until liquid thickens and becomes syrupy, about 3 minutes. Serve oatmeal with 1/2 cup compote. Do ahead: Compote can be made up to 3 days ahead and refrigerated in an airtight container.

OVERNIGHT ALERT! Prepping steel cut oats the night before reduces cooking time the next morning. Marinating blueberry compote overnight helps it soak in more sweetness.

Combine blueberries, sugar, rind, juice, and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon in a medium bowl; toss to coat. Refrigerate. Bring 4 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan.

For the blueberry compote: Place blueberries, syrup and cinnamon stick in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer and cook, over low heat, until the berries break down into a syrup, about 5 minutes. Ingredients 1 teaspoon butter 2 tablespoons honey 2 teaspoons lemon juice Dash of ground cinnamon 1 (12-ounce) bag frozen mixed berries 1 serving prepared McCann’s Quick & Easy Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal Basil. Serves 4 (serving size: 1 cup oatmeal, about 1/3 cup compote, and 1 tablespoon almonds) By Ann Taylor Pittman Steel-cut oats cook in a mixture of water and milk for supreme creaminess and a dose of vitamin D, thanks to the milk.

With oats, mixed berries, and almonds, this breakfast is chock-full of fiber, boasting 10 grams per serving. Place 1 cup of blueberries, water, sweetener and lemon juice in a small pot and stir to combine. Cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes, stirring several times. Add remaining blueberries and cinnamon to pot and continue cooking for. Real blueberries and cranberries come together to make the perfect duo in this new Quaker® Steel Cut oatmeal.

We mixed real blueberry and cranberry pieces together with the hearty texture and nutty flavor of steel cut oats to create a great new way to help fuel your day. Product formulation and packing and promotion may change.

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Continue to cook, stirring and scraping the bottom of the pan frequently, until the foam subsides, the jam acquires a darker, shinier look, and the berries appear softened and saturated with liquid, about 25 minutes total.

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WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS: Although steel-cut oats are known for making stellar oatmeal, they also can be used to make a healthy, hearty, and savory main dish.

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Cooked steel-cut oatmeal results in a chewier texture than regular oatmeal.

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WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS Oats are a great gluten-free option, and most oatmeal fans agree that the steel-cut style offers the best flavor and texture.

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Cooking steel-cut oats the traditional way is simple: use 1 part oats to 3–4 parts water, simmer for 20–30 minutes, and then add a pinch or two of salt to taste.

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In 3-quart saucepan, combine wheat berries and 3 cups water; heat to boiling over high heat.

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My Steel-Cut Overnight Oatmeal is obviously not instant, but it’s quick, simple, and guaranteed to leave you satisfied.

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Very Berry Oats: Top with any variety of fresh berry or a mixture; if using frozen berries, stir them into the oatmeal as it cooks.

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  • I eat steel cut oats every morning I do use double boiler have tried instint pot crock pot but now I’m on oatbran very easy just add hot water ��

  • i did the croc pot method and it was over cooked. i added sunflower seeds and raisins and it was still very good. Next time I will definitely use a timer.

  • Can you bake with steel cut oats?? I have an almond flour pancake recipe involving large flake oats.. Is there a way I can substitute it for steel cut oats?

  • Awesome ��and so yummy��too!
    I would like to try all…but mostly prefer the first demonstration…the stove top!❤️Once again thanks for that fine demonstration!✌��❤️������

  • I use instant pot. 5 cups water, salt and 2 cups oats. Pressure cooker 4 minutes. I do this once a week and refrigerate 3/4 cup servings for the week. I heat for 2 mins in microwave and serve with raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and walnuts!

  • 1:06
    I’m trying to go all-milk, but I can’t seem to boil the milk without burning it! I tried putting in a little bit of cold water, a spray of cooking oil, and then a quart of skim milk, set the burner at “MED”, and after 30 minutes, it was only at what I’ve seen called a “half-boil”, but I could already smell the burning. I added the oats at that point and stirred constantly. After another 30 minutes, the oats were still not fully cooked, still somewhat soupy, yet the bottom of the pan was covered in a thick, black burnt substance. This was my second consecutive failed attempt. The prior one was worse, because I tried to boil the milk with the stove set to “HI”, and then I tried to cook the oats with the burner set to “LO”. But even on MED, the milk was burnt, AND the oats were undercooked after half an hour. How do you accomplish this?

  • These recipes all looked so delicious. I have made Oats a new part of my everyday diet for heart health. Thanks so much for always putting out great recipes and content. Happy New Year.:)

  • i think i might be the only person on the planet that doesnt like peanut butter:D
    but i am craving some oats + berries right now ugh

  • Hi! To prevent the excess of foam you should put a little butter or any kind of oil in your water… have surely noticed that you have less foam when using the crockpot is due to the fact that you grease your pot prior to cooking the oat…hope it helps for the microwaves cooking..thank you for you recipes and tips.

  • Hi Dani, I usually put the microwave on high and usually for 1.5min to 2 min max. Anything more than 2 min will result in the overflow. If needed, I’ll do extra 30 Sec for the 2nd time.

  • Actually, steel cut oats are processed in that they’re cut. If you were to planet them in soil they wouldn’t render any grow.
    The best oats are Whole Grain Oats. They have their life force intact but also taste much better than steel cut in my opinion no comparison.

    Came here bc the store was out of whole grain oats (“groats”) they only had steel cut…looking for water ratio. Appears it’s the same 1:3 ratio.

  • Or….. use an oatmeal maker. $15 on amazon! But this is a good beginners guide. Thank you! Microwave never works for me! I cook mixed berries on the stove top for 10 minutes and we have chunky cold berry syrup to add! Banana, pb or almond butter also!

  • Thanks for this! I have had good luck cooking in the microwave at about 60-70% power, so just when they look like they’re gonna overflow they go back down. Just have to watch the first couple of times and see how your microwave does:)

  • I love this! So excited to try the stove top method so I can take my oats to work all warm and creamy. Thanks so much for the tips!

  • I cocked it with just water and it was on oven like an our……
    It doesnt look mushy like these
    And my was like i don’t know Cement so blacky

  • This was a wonderful video, and yes I made stove top ones! Made the leftovers again this morning for my hubby and he loved them! Thanks Dani!

  • Looks great thanks. Since you love your coconut oil so much I figured I should share this with you. It’s about a Harvard professor who says coconut oil is worse than poison.

  • Whoever made this vid: thank you for this.
    My mom just came down with diverticulitis. It’s mild, but painful. We’re putting her on a liquid diet and then a high fiber diet once her pain goes away because she can’t tolerate the antibiotic regimen.
    We heard steel cut oats are very high in fiber, so this tutorial is a godsend. Thank you again.

  • I accidentally bought steel oats the other day. I had already opened them so I couldn’t return them to the store. Thanks S0 much for showing me what to do with them!

  • I follow the directions you gave on a previous video for making steel but oats which is the first way you describe in this video. i think ill stick to that way because its easy. i usually top mine with walnuts and blueberries and mix stevia and cinnamon in it

  • Love method #3, which I learned from an older video of yours! Before I cover and leave, I add my raisins and chia seeds. I add nuts and cinnamon in the morning. Love all your vegan-friendly content.

  • I make my steel cut oats on the stove with a can of full coconut milk. I add in one banana while it is cooking and also chia seeds and flax meal and cinnamon. It turns out so creamy with lots of flavor.

  • Wow I never new the way I eat had a hashtag lol! I have made steel cut in the microwave and had success just once… used the same bowl again and always spills over now! Perfect timing for this vid I am so ready to try stove top❤️

  • I usually do mine in the microwave but only single serving. You don’t have to touch them for the first 1/3 of cooking time but afterwards, you have to keep an eye on them and have to stir them more and more frequently. Do not add any milk until the entire cooking is pretty much done. Non dairy milks could probably work since they’r pretty much nut/rice juice as opposed to actual milk.

  • It’s probably 1 cup of oats ladies and gentlemen; all recipes I’ve seen with 3-4 cups liquid or water use 1 cup of steel cut oats.

  • yayyy! thanks for this video Dani! I bought some steel cut oats a while ago but had no idea how to cook them or make them yummy. I will probably be topping off my bowl of oats with some honey and fresh berries!

  • I make them in my Instant Pot you can set them up to cook and walk away no stirring, no watching. Takes about 20 minutes start to finish.

  • My toppings relate to the weather or mood… if i want something warm i add cinnamon powder & cubed apple or coconut flakes & cacao nibs, if i want something fresh i add berries

  • Thank you for this variation video on steel cut oatmeal. I thought I would like the crockpot method, but I think the overnight stovetop method would be better. Then, I saw other comments, and like you, I have to get an Insta pot��.

  • Hi, I make mine by adding unsweetened almond milk and pinch of cinnamon, then leave it in a mason jar in the fridge over night. Take it out in the morning pop it in the microwave for 2mins, I like to stir it halfway through. I usually leave it for a couple of mins to let it cool and that’s it, perfect every time ��

  • who makes a recipe video and doesn’t at any point describe the measurements of ALL the ingredients they use. Like we should have to figure out how many oats you used…

  • I soak steel cut oats in Thermos food jar with boiling water before going to sleep every night, in the morning it’s perfectly cooked

  • I have been making my oats in the crockpot. I use fresh chopped apples and cinnamon for added flavor. Yummy delicious! Think I am going to try the stovetop/overnight method. Looks like they are very creamy. Thanks for the video!

  • Pro-tip: You can cook steel-cut oats from the night before: For 1 cup of oats, 4 cups of water. Bring water to boil, add oats, simmer for only 1 minute. Remove from heat. Let cool. Refrigerate overnight. In the morning, add on fire, bring to simmer and cook for 9-10 mins or eyeball it. Overnight soaking works great (and it’s what it usually says on Irish steel-cut oats boxes)!

  • I like steel cut oats but the 20 minute wait time (per Red Mill instructions) is a pain and I never go more than a couple minutes between stirring or they will stick to the bottom… It’s so much easier putting the oats and water in a glass bowl and put it in the microwave heating for a few minutes before going to bed (I leave it right in the microwave)…In the morning I pour it into a pot and heat it on the stove for about 5 minutes….much easier and faster this way…..I also throw in frozen strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and some flaxseed meal while it’s heating on the stove and then when I pour it back into the glass bowl cut up one banana on top… great every morning….

  • I’ve never tried cooking my oats in the microwave but I do blend it for a smoother texture. I just like it better that way. Creamy and smooth

  • I was going to thumb this video down because you did not give us the amount of oats we would need, as that is an important step. And I dislike going to third party sites just for a recipe, especially when I just watched the recipe. =/ However without a doubt that website or at least that particular page is actually really good and I have been using it for a while to cook or more to the point, let sit over night in the fridge so I do not have to cook anything. Ehhh… thumbs up. Still would be nice for an update to the video though or at least the description.

  • Dani I love steel cut oats and I found quick 5 minute cooking steel cut oats at Walmart. I love them with almond milk and cook them with a chopped apple and cinnamon and nutmeg very apple pie tasting.

  • Clear instructions, but the amount of oats you need to pour in was never specified. I had to dig through the comments to find you need 1 CUP OF STEEL CUT OATS for the recipe.

  • I am a massive oatmeal fan and I have it almost every morning for breakfast, I make it with a 1/2 cup of oats, 1 cup boiling water from a kettle and then put it in the microwave for 30seconds1minute and voila! it tastes delicious and only takes about 5 mins to make! (However I don’t use steel cut oats I use rolled oats).

  • In the Microwave, try using the defrost setting for 15 minutes. This way it should not boil over. give a stir and taste. cook until desired taste.

  • I haven’t tried steel cut oats yet, but would like to try them. I would use the stovetop method you demonstrate.
    ( I hate to clean my crockpot.) lol

  • First of all, i absolutley have never had steel cut oats up until today. Ive only ever had the flat dry instant oatmeal. wow. Ive been missing out what the hell was wrong with my parents that they never gave me this gem. Second of all, i love their small round texture, how they sorta get stuck in ur teeth, but why dont we just call them what they are oat groats…..sorta like hearts of hemp seeds. Anyways im totaly sold.

  • Right so…I used 1 bag of oats and now have to move home.
    Currently, I left the emergency services to clear up the mess and am now 300 miles away and never going back.

  • Mmmm that is exactly how i make my oats although i add in the brown sugar directly into the berries while in the pan. It makes sort of a berry jam:p

  • Trying the stove top first to see how that goes with the steel cut oats. Dam, I have just read again Tammy Hill’s comments about the Coconut milk. I’ll try that next time.

  • Normally I am a Crockpot cook, but these overnight stovetop oats are FANTASTIC! I would never have known steel cut oats could be made so easily. The least fussy topping for me would be simply take a teaspoon of natural/ unbleached cane sugar (I’ve bought a bag at the Dollar Tree for $1 before). Another topping I like would be maple syrup. I am not crazy about bananas, but half of a banana, sliced, would be good too. Or, maybe use the little box of raisins. Those are good. Thank you for creating and posting this.

  • Thanks very much! I eat rolled oats everyday for breakfast I didn’t realize that steel cut oats would be more nutritious. I’m going to give them a try.

  • looks wonderful, have you tried using fresh apple juice and top it with strawberries. Its just amazing. There are so many combinations you can you with steel cut oats.

  • I used a medium Pyrex bowl, added 1/4 cup of steel cut oats, dash of salt and 1 cup water in the microwave. I set the time for 18-20 minutes at 50% power level. I kept a close eye on them. It would boil towards the top of the bowl but when the power cycled off it would go down. As it reached 17 minutes I pulled the bowl out, added frozen berries. cinnamon and some honey to sweeten. I let it finish cooking for 3 more minutes. Worked great……..

  • Giving this a thumbs down because you didn’t tell how many oats to put in! All other directions but that! Seriously isn’t that what we came here for?

  • I’m a fan of steel cut. I have it for breakfast every winter. I cook mine in a slow cooker. Put the oats in a bowl 1 oats to 3 water. Then put the bowl in a slow cooker and put a few centimetres (1 inch) water in the cooker so as to double boil it.Don’t forget to put the lid on. Set the auto timer to start about 3 hours before I wake up. Up at the crack of dawn, get my oats, put a bit of brown sugar on them with milk. Yum!

  • I’m so glad you make this video. I was wondering when someone would do a video on steel cut oats rather than all the other oats. Thanks love it

  • We microwave steel-cut oats in approx 4″ diam by 4″ high Corningware stoneware mug (has a side handle). For an individual serving, we add 1/3 cup steel-cut oats with almost 1 cup hot water (the same water we heat to make tea or instant coffee), a dash of salt, and I add heaping teaspoon of chopped peanuts to reduce boil-up and for flavor. My wife skips the nuts. Our microwave is 1100 watts, so time is 3.5 to 4 minutes at 60% power (power level 6). After cooking we add 12-18 frozen blueberries or mixed berries which helps to cool somewhat the hot oats. We eat with dried prunes, dates, 1/2 sliced banana, 1/2 apple, or 1/2 fresh pear, or whatever you want. A friend likes yogurt or cottage cheese with his hot oats. Often we cook old-fashioned rolled oats the same way, but with 1/3 cup oats, add 2/3 cup hot water, cooking about 120 seconds at power level 7. In a small 600 to 700 watt microwave you could cook at about full power. We use our microwave a lot to save time. Many frozen entrees include heating/cooking directions in a microwave.

  • Or one could dump 1 Cup of steel oats with 4 C of your favorite liquid into an instant pot on manual for 16 minutes; then natural release at 23minutes.

  • Been eating steel cut oats for 10 years I tried double boiler works wonders but glass wear for stove top instint pot works ok but stove top is the best

  • I waited for the new video so much!! I’m glad you look well now since I heard you were very sick! I’ll be looking forward your next video!! ��

  • Disappointing! Why bother to do this if you don’t discuss the fluid to oat ratio? You should redo this. It makes me not want to bother watching any of your other videos.

  • I finally had steel cut oats this morning. I actually made the quick cook steel cut oats I found in the grocery store, cook time just 5 to 7 minutes. When I’m done with the box, I will try the regular steel cut oats. So good! I also used almond milk on my second batch, as the first batch was with water. I loved the creamier texture from the almond milk. I would love to make a batch on the weekend and heat up throughout the week. Thanks!

  • You’re version is my go to recipe. I make a big batch every 2 weeks. It’s helping get my body back on track and heal from flair ups. So, thank you for that. ��

  • I’ve always wanted to know how to make steel cut oats in the crockpot. It looked so easy. I never thought about using a cinnamon stick. I wonder if I could add a can of pumpkin to it? Thank you for this.

  • These take forever to cook, will never buy steel cut again.
    The instant rolled oats just take 5 mins in a microwave and boom breakfast is ready.

  • just binged watched You kids had loads of fun and learned alot. got a question. Do you have a indoor smoker that Guy taught you how to use? if so can you share it in a video? It would be a time saver in the kitchen. Great cause don’t have to break out the messy grill.

  • I am sooo happy I discovered your channel girl! Your such a free spirit with your own unique personality, I love it! Your videos are amazing, your my new inspo! ❤︎

  • I cook mine in my instant pot. Only takes ten minutes! Use the delay function and wake up to hot goodness. Don’t use milk to cook them on delah. Only water. Thanks for vegan meal prep video. Got my bok choy today��

  • God I wish I wasn’t allergic to peanuts because I have a feeling I would live on peanut butter haha lmao it’s probably a good thing I’m allergic.. ��
    Great video btw ��