Perfect Basic Steel Cut Oats

Steel cut oats in a small bowl with green apple chunks, walnuts, cinnamon, and maple syrup drizzled over the top

This basic steel cut oats recipe is the perfect ratio of liquids to oats for thick and creamy results, ready for your favorite toppings!


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  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 cup steel cut oats (not quick-cooking)
  • 1 cup milk (use your favorite!)
  • 2.5 cups water
  • 1-2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Toast the oats. Heat coconut oil over medium heat in a medium saucepan. Add dry steel cut oats to the pan and toast until fragrant (about a minute).
  2. Cook steel cut oats. Add the milk, water, maple syrup, salt, and cinnamon to the oats. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cover the oats and allow them to simmer over low heat for 25-30 minutes (until soft, creamy, and the liquid is absorbed).
  3. Add vanilla. Remove the oats from heat and stir in vanilla extract.
  4. Serve with toppings. Dish up individual oatmeal portions and top with your favorite toppings!


Keywords: steel cut oats