Apple cinnamon steel cut oats with cinnamon, pecans, cranberries, brown sugar, garnished w/ Greek yogurt and honey will be a favorite breakfast treat. Yum!Apple cinnamon steel cut oats with cinnamon, pecans, cranberries, brown sugar, garnished w/ Greek yogurt and honey will be a favorite breakfast treat. Yum!

Sure… the title for this recipe “Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats With Pecans” is a mouthful…but so are these steel cut oats! They’re delicious!

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Steel Cut Oats… Who Knew I Would Like them?

I grew up eating oatmeal…and didn’t like it so much. I preferred my oatmeal in a COOKIE, thank you very much! But as an adult, I’ve discovered I actually like oatmeal, especially steel cut oats! The caveat to this is I like steel cut oats if they are “classed up” a bit with some tasty add-ins!

This is THAT kind of steel cut oats recipe! The kind of recipe where you take humble oats and add in chopped apples, cinnamon, pecans, dried cranberries, brown sugar…well, you get the picture!

These are the steel cut oats I used for this recipe.

I love to make this recipe because by the time I add all the good stuff in, I have enough for 6 decent sized servings. The oats will really firm up when refrigerated!

Do You Eat Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats HOT Or COLD?

My preferred method for eating them is to eat them cold, with a dollop of plain Greek yogurt on top, along with a drizzle of honey, and a pinch of cinnamon on top (for pizzazz!) It’s so good!

Of course, this recipe is great eaten hot, as well… (but remember to leave off the yogurt and honey at the end if you eat them that way).

Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats Are Great For “On The Go” Meals

It is very convenient to package these apple cinnamon steel cut oats up in little plastic cups with lids on them…then my oatmeal becomes a “Grab and Go” kind of meal.

I used to take a container of apple cinnamon steel cut oats to work, for a quick and filling breakfast or break treat. With a dollop of Greek yogurt and a drizzle of honey on top, this was a delicious “to go” breakfast!

Keep the covered containers in the refrigerator, then just grab one any time you want, or you can take it with you in the car if you’re in a hurry! See how cute they look in their little “Grab and Go” cups?

Containers of apple cinnamon steel cut oats with yogurt make a "to go" quick breakfast!

The first time I tried making apple cinnamon steel cut oats and decided to eat them cold, I was skeptical I would enjoy them served that way. Well, I was totally surprised at how fantastic it tastes!

If you told me a year ago that I’d enjoy COLD apple cinnamon steel cut oats I would have laughed. I’m not laughing now…I LOVE it, and I love the convenience of being able to make a few servings extra, ahead of time. Perfect… Hope you will give this recipe for apple cinnamon steel cut oats a try. They are delicious!

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Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats With Pecans
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 
Apple cinnamon steel cut oats with cinnamon, pecans, cranberries, brown sugar, garnished w/ Greek yogurt and honey will be a favorite breakfast treat. Yum!
Category: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple cinnamon steel cut oats
Servings: 6 servings
Calories Per Serving: 220 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 green apple , large, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup pecans (or walnuts), chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar , heaping
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 6 Tablespoons plain , Greek yogurt (for topping oats-this is optional, but I recommend)
  • 1 teaspoon Honey (to drizzle on top of yogurt topping-this is optional, but I recommend)
  • Additional cinnamon (to sprinkle on top of yogurt and honey-this is optional, but I recommend)
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Add the steel cut oats, salt, chopped apple, dried cranberries, chopped pecans, brown sugar and cinnamon. Stir well to combine and continue cooking and stirring occasionally for approximately 7-10 minutes, until water has all been incorporated into oats.

  2. When oats are done cooking, remove pan from heat; add in the vanilla and stir. If eating warm, serve it at this point.

  3. If eating cold (YUM), place oat mixture into a covered container and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. When ready to serve, divide into 6 equal portions. On top of each serving, place a large dollop (1 Tablespoon) of yogurt, then a drizzle of honey on top of yogurt, then a sprinkle of cinnamon on top of honey. Serve and ENJOY!

Recipe Notes

I have also added in just a bit of vanilla almond milk at times to the finished product (especially if eating it warm). If desired, you can also add in 1/2 cup milk to the recipe...just decrease the water used to 1 1/2 cups.

Nutrition Facts
Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats With Pecans
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 220 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Sodium 59mg3%
Potassium 54mg2%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 6g12%
Calcium 41mg4%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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