Breakfast, it can be a challenge. There are usually time constraints involved and sometimes rushing around can lead us to grab a less than healthy choice for the first meal of the day. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact this breakfast of Steel-Cut Oats with Seasonal Fruit can simmer away while you get ready for the day!
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Steel-Cut Oats with Seasonal Fruit in blue bowl on wood table with blue dish towel

Steel-Cut Oats with Seasonal Fruit:

Steel-cut oats, also known as Irish or Scottish oats, are made when the whole groat is cut into several pieces, rather than rolled. Steel-cut oats look almost like barley and this cut gives the oats a bit more texture, what I call a hearty ‘bite’. Steel cut oats are super creamy and delicious, especially when topped with seasonal fruit. 

A blue bowl of Steel-Cut Oats with Seasonal Fruit on a table surrounded by flowers, berries and honey

Make Ahead to Save Time!

If you have ever tried to reheat old fashioned rolled oats, you probably know it’s not that great of an idea. Steel cut oats on the other hand reheat beautifully! So feel free to make a large batch and reheat as desired. I love time savers.


Toppings For Steel Cut Oats:

After warming oats you simply top with your favorite seasonal fruit and nuts. Because it’s fall I chose fresh figs, pomegranate seeds, pepitas, chopped dates, red pears and blueberries. A beautiful, healthy bowl of goodness in minutes! (To see how to easily seed a pomegranate click!) BUT I have other suggestions too: nut butters and on steel cut oats, as are dried fruits like apricots, blueberries, cranberries, cherries, shredded coconut, and cherries. You can add flavor and sweetness with applesauce, yogurt, maple syrup, honey or jams as well as vanilla paste and cinnamon!

Steel Cut Oats with Seasonal Fruit in a turquoise bowl with a small bowl of blueberries and and honey in the background.


Try Overnight Oats!

If you, like most people, are rushed in the morning, overnight oats are a fabulous option for a quick healthy breakfast. Instead of cooking you simply soak the oats overnight and they are ready to eat the next morning. Just grab and go!


The Recipe: Steel-Cut Oats with Seasonal Fruit

What you need: a quality sea salt.

5 from 1 vote
Steel-Cut Oats with Seasonal Fruit
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins

A fast and easy breakfast with seasonal fruit! I used the fruit listed below but offer additional suggestions as well

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy breakfast recipe, kid-friendly recipes, summer recipe
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup whole milk or non dairy milk of your choice
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup cooked steel-cut oats cook according to package directions or use Pacific Foods ready to eat steel cut oats.
  • pinch sea salt
Toppings shown above:
  • pear or apple slices
  • chopped dates
  • slices of fresh fig
  • blueberries
  • pomegranate seeds
  • roasted salted pepitas pumpkin seeds
Additional Add ons:
  • Nut butters and all nuts or seeds. Fresh fruits. Dried fruits like apricots, blueberries, cranberries, cherries, and shredded coconut. You can add flavor and sweetness with applesauce, yogurt, maple syrup, honey or jams as well as vanilla paste and cinnamon!
Other topping suggestions:
  1. In a med/large pot, combine the water and milk. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat. While pot heats melt butter) in pan over medium heat. Once butter shimmers, add the oats and cook, stirring occasionally for 2 minutes or until lightly toasted and golden.

  2. StirWhen water is boiling add oats to pot. Lower heat to medium-low, but be sure to maintain a low simmer. Cook for about 18-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the oats thicken up

  3. Add sea salt, stir. Continue to simmer, , stirring here and there and reducing heat as necessary for about 10 minutes. When liquid is absorbed, and oats are creamy, you're done! Let oats cool for a few minutes before adding toppings etc.

  4. To store extras for later use: wait until completely cool. Place in airtight container and reheat as needed!


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