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How to Make Steel Cut Oats

Good morning! Last night I went out with my BFF Courtney to celebrate her birthday. HAPPY DAY-AFTER-YOUR-BIRTHDAY! I can’t believe I didn’t give you a blog shout out on the actual day. Sorry! Anyway, I had Thai for the first time – pictures and more details to come later! I got home kind of late, I was tired and went to bed asap, hence the shorty post last night.

How to Make Steel Cut Oats

So, let’s rewind to yesterday morning. My final sample from Bob’s Red Mill was steel cut oats.

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Let’s have a little lesson on oats, shall we? Old fashioned oats and steel cut oats both come from a little thing called an oat groat. They look like this: please see picture below – thanks. Purdy huh? One of my favorite way to eat groats is with avocado, tomatoes, and cheese. Oat groats are delicious themselves, but they also are turned into other delicious things….


Such as steel cut oats. Steel cut oats are oat groats that have been cut into 2 or 3 pieces. Presumbly cut by um…steel. Now, old fashioned oatmeal is oat groats that have been steamed and rolled flat. Since they have been steamed and flattened out, they cook faster. Yes, cooking steel cut oats takes longer, but the effort is worth it. I like my whole oat groats and steel cut oats slightly chewy so I usually cook them about 15 minutes.

Nutrition: 1/4 c (dry) of steel cut oats has 170 calories, 5 grams of fiber and 7 grams of protein. And they are insanely delicious.


To cook steel cut oats

  1. Combine 1/2 c dry oats with 1 1/2 c water.
  2. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer and cover.
  3. Cook  for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. When the water is absorbed, enjoy.

With your next batch, you might try adding more water and cooking them a little longer for a softer result. Or add less water and cook for a shorter time if you want a chewier version. Experiement! I dare you.

I think they are delicious plain; they have kind of a nutty flavor. But of course, if you want to get all fancy, add all sorts of toppings…almond butter, peanut butter, raisins, nuts, bananas, brown sugar, the works. My favorite is Bruleed Banana Steel Cut Oats.


There are alternate methods of cooking steel cut oats to save time…such as overnight oats or presoaking the oats. But we’ll get to that another time.

Hopefully this was helpful to any steel cut newbies. And if you haven’t tried them out, you must. Really you must. One of these days, I’ll tell you about my first experience with steel cut oats and post a pretty freaking fantastic recipe. (I can say that without bragging because I just imitated a meal I had in a diner. 🙂 )

My review of Bob’s Red Mill Steel Cut Oats: I thought they were delicious, obviously, but didn’t really think they tasted that different from the variety I buy in bulk at Whole Foods. They might have been a little nuttier, but I didn’t have the two versions side by side to compare.

Now get in your Friday entry! And have a great day!


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  • Jessica @ How Sweet

    I love steel cut oats! I am a sucker for texture, and just love the chewiness!
    .-= Jessica @ How Sweet´s last blog ..Happy Easter! =-.

  • christina

    ooh i’m excited for your thai food pics! my favorite
    .-= christina´s last blog ..It’s Raining NUTS! Hallelujah, It’s Raining NUTS! =-.

  • Danielle

    Yay for Friday – here’s my entry!

  • Andrea J

    So weird…I just bought steel cut oats and I had so many questions about the difference with them and regular oats. Thanks for this post! Still have one question though, how come steel cut oats is 170 cals for 1/4 cup, and regular oats are 150 cals for 1/2 cup? I’m trying to watch my intake and I don’t like that I have to cut back from 1/2 c to 1/4 c…I love my oats too much lol

  • Karen W

    Interesting! I always wondered what the difference was in steel cut and old fashioned oats but was too lazy to really check out the answer.
    .-= Karen W´s last blog ..It is handy to have someone at home… =-.

  • Gracie @ Girl Meets Health

    I love steel cut oats! I used to eat them during my pre-blogging days, but stopped for some reason. Now that I think of it, I find them to be a bit more filling than regular oats…

    p.s. my mom just went to the store and asked if I needed anything, and I said GOAT CHEESE! 😛
    .-= Gracie @ Girl Meets Health´s last blog love & being “healthfully correct” =-.

    • Teri

      i think they’re more filling too.

      yay for goat cheese!! let me know what you think!!

  • Jill

    So I’ve never had oat groats, steel cut oats, or even cooked old fashioned oatmeal. I’m a majoy texture eater and the soggy texture just never looked good. But after reading this I decided to give it a shot so I picked some up while I was at Whole Foods today. I’m going to try them this weekend…fingers crossed they turn out good!

    • Teri

      I’m excited you are going to try them! Let me knwow what you think. 🙂

  • Laura @ youngDCliving

    Thank-God-for-Friday Entry!

    Thanks for the oat lesson! I still REALLY need to try steel cut, but whenever I am tempted to, I’m always too hungry to wait for the cooking time. I have the Country Choice Organic ones. Have you ever tried that company before? They sell them at TJ’s.
    .-= Laura @ youngDCliving´s last blog ..Owl City Concert =-.

  • Ashley

    Oat groats might just be as cute as YOU! I bet they would taste good smothered in ketchup..bahahaha…not sure if we can still be friends after you told me the shockingly bad news that you don’t like k-up! eeeeeeeeeeek!
    .-= Ashley´s last blog’re so cheesy =-.

  • Stephanie from Juicy Fresh Bites

    Ever since I made my first batch of steel-cut oats, I could never go back to regular oats! I just love the texture of steel-cut oats.

    This is my Friday entry! 🙂
    .-= Stephanie from Juicy Fresh Bites´s last blog ..Visual Food Log: Day 2 =-.

  • Tyler Ramey

    Ok, I have been putting off making the S.C.O because they take so long to cook!!! You have inspired me, and I will try them Monday. 🙂
    .-= Tyler Ramey´s last blog ..Embrace Your Inner Hippie. =-.

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