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Steel Cut Granola

Crunchy, Homemade, steel cut granola delivers a medley of healthy ingredients for a high-​fiber, low-​sodium, vegetarian, dairy-​free and gluten-​free breakfast. Make it yourself for a powerhouse nutrition boost!

Steel Cut Granola
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours

Crunchy, Homemade, steel cut granola delivers a medley of healthy ingredients for a high-​fiber, low-​sodium, vegetarian, dairy-​free and gluten-​free breakfast. Make it yourself for a powerhouse nutrition boost!


  • 4 Cups steel cut oats
  • 1/2 Cup whole flax seed
  • 1/2 Cup Chia seed
  • 1/4 Cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 Cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 Cup water
  • 1/4 Cup honey
  • 2 Tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 Cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 Cup dates, chopped
  • 1/4 Cup cherries, dried


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  2. Mix oats, flax, chia seeds and chopped pecans with the cinnamon in a large bowl.
  3. In an 8 cup microwaveable bowl put the coconut oil, maple syrup, water and honey.
  4. Microwave one minute. Stir the mixture until the coconut oil is completely melted. Add the vanilla and stir.
  5. Add the wet ingredients into the dry and stir well. At this point you may add more oats if it's too wet. Steel cup oats do not absorb water like regular oats do. Feel free to adjust the oats and water until you are satisfied with your consistency.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes on a greased baking sheet and stir the granola. Bake another 20 minutes and stir again. The granola is done if it is browned slightly and dry. It will continue to dry as it cools so don't over bake it!
  7. Remove from oven and pour it back into your big bowl. Add the dates and cherries and mix it well.
  8. Store it in an airtight container after it has completely cooled.
  9. This granola should stay fresh several weeks in an airtight container

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 152Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 0mgSodium 3mgCarbohydrates 21gFiber 4gSugar 6gProtein 4g

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Crunchy, Homemade, steel cut granola delivers a medley of healthy ingredients for a high-​fiber, low-​sodium, vegetarian, dairy-​free and gluten-​free breakfast. Make it yourself for a powerhouse nutrition boost!

Making homemade granola is a creative way to experiment with different flavors, and textures in healthy ingredients. I enjoy creating my own granola. You will find several of my recipes for steel cut oat breakfasts linked at the bottom of this post. I also linked my homemade Greek yogurt recipe and a few other ideas for you fellow granola fans. I even made a fantastic bread with steel cut oats!

My husband and I recently found Bob’s Red Mill organic steel-cut oats. You can follow the affiliate link to Amazon if you need to order them. Of course, we found them at Costco. The challenge now is learning how to use them!

Steel cut oats are not like regular oats. Steel cut oats are smaller but fairly chewy, thicker, and denser. They have a very different texture than regular oats. I made an apple crisp with them and… I won’t be blogging it. Regular oats win that recipe contest! I intend to continue using regular oats in cookies and other light treats. I love the texture of rolled oats and they are good for us; so why not?

steel cut granola

Steel cut granola all by itself, chock full of pecans, Cherries and dates!

Why steel-cut instead of regular oats?

The advantage of steel-cut oats over regular oats are many, nutritionally speaking. Steel cut oats are not cooked  and processed as rolled oats are. Just chopped in steel blades. Steel cut oats are higher in fiber and benefit diabetics and people with high cholesterol,(like me!) by lowering the overall glycemic levels in your system and clearing out the gastric system really well. My daughters learned that these amazing oats also boost mother’s milk production enormously! Steel Cut Oats also provide protein, iron and other valuable nutrients we all need. I’ll be learning other uses for them. They do make a dynamite granola!

Steel Cut Granola

Fresh out of the oven. Ready for the dried fruits!

What other goodies are in this granola?

This Steel Cut granola is chock full of deliciously healthy foods. I’ve added chia seeds for even more fiber, antioxidants, healthy fat and minerals. Pecans, flax, coconut oil all have healthy fats, trace elements, antioxidants and help with digestibility. Maple syrup is lower on the glycemic index than processed white sugar. I love the flavor of Pure organic Maple Syrup. A scrumptious, nutritious way to start the day!

Steel Cut Granola Recipe notes:

Overall, this Steel Cut granola is a whopper of a healthy meal topper! This recipe is built for 36  one Tablespoon servings. Just one Tablespoon over your favorite smoothie bowl or yogurt add quite a nutritional punch to your breakfast. Use more if you like, of course!

Right now, as I’m writing this I’m also enjoying a late night, steel-cut granola parfait with pineapple chunks, banana and homemade Greek yogurt. Delicious!

Steel Cut Granola

A delicious part of a healthy breakfast!


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Steel cut granola with chocolate, nuts and cranberries is a healthy breakfast or mid-day snack. Easy to bake into bars, this homemade recipe is a great year round go to. #granola #steelcut #recipe #bars #homemade

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Sunday 17th of May 2020

How might I adjust this recipe to create granola bars with the steel cut oats?


Sunday 17th of May 2020

Hi Kris, Ok...this is going to be a completely different recipe now. Off the top of my head I'd suggest you cook the oats as directed on their package to get them wet and sticky. Maybe Replace the water with a nut butter of your choice. Or just omit the water altogether. At this point mix everything together. If you like the consistency oil an 8 x 8 pan Or line it with parchment paper. PRESS it firmly and evenly into the pan. (I use a bottom of a glass over a piece of parchment). You can bake it like we did with the Choco Bar Recipe. Or you can try setting it raw into your freezer for 30 minutes or so to chill and set. Remove the bars from the pan. Chill until set (for baking) and cut into pieces. Please let us know how it works out for you!


Thursday 28th of February 2019

Unfortunately my oats burned, even though I followed the instructions for heat and timing- I would recommend adding a little more oil to prevent that!


Thursday 28th of February 2019

Hi Silvia, Hmmm. Thanks so much for sharing your experience. I've made granola like this many many times over the years with great results.

So glad you stopped by with your tip on this recipe. I hope it goes better next time for you. Suggestions for you: Your oven may be hotter than mine. Try turning down the heat or shortening the baking time a bit. Also I do use a wooden spoon around the edges every once in a while to keep the outer edge from over toasting.

Hope this helps. Have a great day!


Monday 18th of September 2017

Why do you not crush the flax seed? I always thought you did not get the nutritional punch from flaxseed unless it was crushed. Shouldn't you crush it first before putting it in the granola?


Monday 18th of September 2017

Hi Patti, You are quite right. Flax meal has a lot of nutrients released when crushed. Whole flax does have more calcium and folate and tiny amounts more of omegas, iron and protein and fiber according to this Popsugar article and others I have looked at. The problem with whole seed is it goes straight through when eaten, if not crushed, without releasing the nutrients. By toasting the flax in this granola it gets plumper and more brittle. I really enjoy the crunchiness of it in the granola. I do chew it so the nutrients (at least some of them ) are released. If you prefer to crush your flax before adding it this recipe that's fine. But I encourage you to buy WHOLE seeds to retain the flax freshness. Ground flax oils oxidize and go rancid fast. This will make the flax bitter and not very nutritious after all. Wheat germ has this same problem. Crush the flax in a mortar and pestle or your coffee grinder just before using to maximize the nutrients. Thanks so much for your great question! Have a great day!


Tuesday 8th of August 2017

As much as I loved this with the steel cut oats, my hubby did not. Have you ever tried this recipe with rolled oats?


Tuesday 8th of August 2017

Hi Jennifer, I have never made this recipe with regular oats. I think it would work great though. Not everyone enjoys the texture of steel cut oats in granola. I actually prefer it over rolled oats. Give the substitution a try and let me know what you think.


Monday 8th of August 2016

I tried this recipe yesterday. I like the flavor, but I'm not sold on the texture - it might have been just a little too dry and hard. I wonder if I should have added more liquid. I do like the texture and chewiness of cooked steel cut oats. My trial of this recipe did not produce clumps of granola. I wonder if that was to be expected. This morning I prepared this as cooked and topped with diced strawberries and vanilla bean Greek yogurt. I think I prefer it that way.


Monday 8th of August 2016

Hi Sophie, Thanks so much for offering your experience with this recipe! This granola will not form clumps. The low liquid level and low amount of sticky sweetener has a lot to do with that. I prefer it mixed in with yogurt or kefir, or poured on top. I'm curious how you cooked it. I have never tried to cook my granolas after they are toasted in the oven. Intriguing!

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