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Steel Cut Oats Healthy Breakfast Recipe


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Steel Cut Oats with Maple Syrup, Apples, and Pecans. Start with  Steel Cut Oats simmered to perfection.  Top it with apples and pecans sauteed in maple syrup and coconut oil. Serve this healthy breakfast with warmed Maple syrup.

Cooked Steel Cut Oats with Fried Maple Apples and Pecans
Cooked Steel Cut Oats with Scrumptious toppings make a hearty breakfast.

Try this Low-Sodium, Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free breakfast any day of the week. It’s ready in less than 15 minutes.

Toast and coffee is our usual weekday breakfast. I may have mentioned a time or two that I’m not a morning person. Springing out of bed is achieved lately only to avoid a potty training disaster with our new puppy.

Steel Cut Oats with fried Maple Apple Pecans
Warm and comforting, this breakfast will stay with you and satisfy.

Hubby is getting some pretty nice breakfasts lately. He’s such a work horse for us. With all the construction jobs he’s on and the work around here he needs good food to keep him going.

SO…Today I made him this bowl of delicious healthiness. It’s packed with all sorts of healthy fats, carbs and protein.

Since he usually gets toast and coffee this came as a very nice surprise. And he really loved this breakfast.

The inspiration for this recipe is a 5-gallon bucket of apples sitting on the kitchen floor looking forlorn.

Dave picked them for me from our trees. You know I had to use them. We have a fuji apple and they are delicious with these oats.

Jonagolds, fuji, honeycrisp or other types of baking apples will work in this recipe. Just stay away from the tarter green apples or red delicious.

Healthy Oats breakfast that takes only 15 minutes to make
This breakfast is full of healthy sustaining carbs and protein.

This week I made him my apple pie cheesecake, and this breakfast that uses an apple. Apples always go in his lunch… and I still have a ton of them! so, My thinking cap is on. I have enough frozen apples.

It’s time to use the Food dryer.  Long ago, I used to make dried apple cinnamon chips… I’ll keep you posted on that. UPDATE: I DID make homemade Apple Chips. They are delicious.

Steel Cut Oats Nutrition:

All oats are excellent for you so if you don’t have any steel cut just use regular rolled oats. You may want to stock up on steel cut oats though.

They are very healthy additions to your diet. Because of the way they are processed they are even minimally healthier than regular oats.

Serve this healthy breakfast with warmed Maple syrup!

Here are a few reasons why you’ll want to add these healthy oats into your diet on a regular basis.

And they taste great. The texture of the steel cut is quite different that regular rolled oats. The Steel cut makes oats springier and chewier. I actually prefer them to rolled oats.

Oats Have Powerful benefits for your health.

 Sf Gate has a great article on this healthy food. According to Livestrong all Oats are Full of protein, fiber and various vitamins and minerals. However,

  • The low glycemic index of steel cut oats is such that they help you feel full a long time. This helps manage body weight
  • Decreases Heart disease risk by lowering cholesterol
  • Aides Diabetes prevention through the low glycemic index and high fiber. Healthy fiber and carbs in your diet is important. They regulate your body in many ways.
  • Blood pressure control:  Compounds contained in the oats help control blood pressure.
Oats Breakfast with Fried Maple Apple Pecans
Try this Fall breakfast.

More Steel Cut Oat Recipes:

Here are some healthy breakfast recipes that use steel cut oats. And one of my FAVORITE oat bread recipes ever.

Let us know how you like the Irish oats compared to rolled oats. They are very different mouth feel when cooked and have a nutty flavor.

A Steel cut oat does take longer to cook than a regular rolled oat (Unless you are using instant, like I am), but they give you a less gelatinous result.

How to Cook Steel Cut Oats with Toppings:

This is an easy recipe to make. And takes only about 15 minutes cooking time with quick oats. It’s a nice hot filling way to start your day.

  • Put the oats into boiling water and turn it to simmer.
  • Throw the coconut oil in the fry pan, add the apples, pecans, brown sugar and maple syrup.
  • Let it cook on low while the oats are simmering.
  • Serve when the oats are cooked and the toppings are done. Pour on a little maple syrup as you desire.

Your family will thank you. This nourishing healthy vegan breakfast will get them off to a great start; and they will love it!

Steel Cut Oats
Yield: 4

Steel Cut Oats Recipe with Toppings

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Steel Cut Oats with Maple Syrup, Apples, and Pecans. Start with  Steel Cut Oats simmered to perfection.  Top it with apples and pecans sauteed in brown sugar, maple syrup and coconut oil. Serve this healthy breakfast with warmed Maple syrup.



  1. Put the water in a 1 quart pan and set it on high to boil.
  2. Put an 8 inch frying pan on medium heat and melt the coconut oil in it.
  3. Chop the apple into one inch pieces
  4. When the water boils, stir in the salt and oats and reduce the heat to simmer for 7 to 10 minutes.
  5. Add the pecans, apples, brown sugar and maple syrup to the frying pan and reduce heat to low.
  6. Cook the oats and apple mixtures until done to your liking. The apples should be soft and the oats should be as thick as you care for.
  7. Place one cup of oats in four 1/2 cup serving dishes and top with the apple mixture to taste. Add extra syrup as desired
  8. Serve with Maple syrup on the side.


This recipe is easy to double for more servings. It's also good cold in my opinion.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 136Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 0mgSodium 47mgCarbohydrates 20gNet Carbohydrates 0gFiber 1gSugar 17gSugar Alcohols 0gProtein 0g

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Kelly Hutchinson

Wednesday 4th of November 2015

Steel cut oats are so good for you! I think this would be so yummy for a cold winter morning breakfast!


Thursday 5th of November 2015

Cooked Steel Cut Oats is a great way to start off a cold, busy day Kelly and the toppping is a real treat!

Melissa @ Cilantro and Citronella

Wednesday 4th of November 2015

Wow, I wish I had apple trees! It must taste like fall in a bowl and it looks delicious!


Thursday 5th of November 2015

Thank you Melissa. Stop by a farmer market and enjoy this excellent breakfast!

Ali @ Home & Plate

Tuesday 3rd of November 2015

I need to give this a try with the steel cut oats. I like your idea of using them in granola. Your recipe looks delish and I might have a way to use up the just picked apples in my fridge. Yum.


Tuesday 3rd of November 2015

Apples are so good fried up with nuts and a little pure maple syrup Ali. I hope you ty this recipe. The steel cut oats are a favorite breakfast food in our house. We love them in granola and cooked like this!


Tuesday 3rd of November 2015

What a great way to use up all those apples! I love oatmeal in the morning, especially in the winter when I just want something warm to heat me up. Thanks for sharing!


Tuesday 3rd of November 2015

Sarah, Oatmeal is really tasting delicious right now with our gloomy chill weather. The apple topping is so warming and flavorful

Heidy L McCallum

Monday 2nd of November 2015

Diane your recipe looks amazing, who would think you could turn oats into such a fab recipe, all those ingredients together spell out heaven in my book.


Monday 2nd of November 2015

Thank you Heidy. Fall is a great time of year to play with our harvest goods!