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Steel Cut Oatmeal in a bowl with dried cranberries on top

Ultimate Steel Cut Oatmeal

Ultimate Steel Cut Oatmeal is a healthier recipe for oatmeal that is creamy and delicious. Gluten free.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup lowfat milk (1% or 2%, not skim)
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Optional Add Ins:

  • 1/2 large peeled and grated sweet apple (such as Fuji)
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • Bring the water and milk to a simmer in a large saucepan over medium heat.
  • Meanwhile, melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat, then add the oats and toast, stirring constantly, until golden and fragrant, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes.
  • Stir the oats into the simmering liquid, reduce the heat,to medium-low, and simmer gently until the mixture is very thick, about 20 minutes.
  • Stir in the salt and the optional add-ins and continue to simmer, stirring occasionally, until almost all of the liquid has been absorbed and the oatmeal is creamy, about 10 minutes. If doubling the recipe, increase this to 15 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.


Source: Adapted from the America's Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbook
You're Gonna Bake It After All
Keyword breakfast, gluten free