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!
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?
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!
Looking For More OATMEAL Recipes?
All of my recipes can be found in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page. A few favorite breakfast using oats include:
- Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats
- Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal
- Chocolate Banana Overnight Oats
- Cranberry Almond Granola
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Recipe Source: My brain, plus instructions for making oats on the back of bag.
- 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)
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.
When oats are done cooking, remove pan from heat; add in the vanilla and stir. If eating warm, serve it at this point.
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!
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.
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