holiday oats

When we purged our cupboards, one of the things we were left with was a single little serving of steel-cut oats, abandoned when we restocked our supply of the more convenient rolled oats.

As much as we believe in making real food, we don't believe in oatmeal that takes 20 minutes to cook. We already feel like pioneers for seasoning our own oatmeal.

But steel-cut oats are really so good. They are chewier and somehow more filling. And I have to admit, there's something satisfying about serving up a hot breakfast straight off the stove. I would just reserve them for a morning when there is time to simmer and savor...a time like the holidays.

That was the inspiration for these...the Thanksgiving cranberries, winter maple and nuts, and the warmth of a little spice...

Holiday Oats

1/4 cup steel-cut oats
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 tbsp dried cranberries
2 tbsp pecans
2 tsp pure maple syrup
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
dash of ground cloves
dash of salt

1. Heat the milk until bubbles are rising around the edges. Stir in the oats, and when bubbling again, reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, until most of the liquid is absorbed and desired thickness is reached. (Be sure to stir occasionally, especially toward the end, when the milk will tend to form a skin.)
2. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the rest of the ingredients.


  1. oh yum!! this sounds so warm and comforting!

  2. Looks like such a comforting breakfast ~ yum!
    And I love the addition of cranberries - sure looks like a holiday breakfast ;)

    I'm actually so happy my daughter asks for oatmeal over froot loops at our house ;) And she would love cranberries added in ;)
    Have a great week.

  3. This looks so good! I'll definitely have to give this a try!

  4. Oh me oh my. This looks amazing. I, too, made the switch back to rolled oats for convenience sake, but pictures like one above make me question that decision.

  5. Looks delicious! We have some in our pantry too...maybe a good day after Thanksgiving breakfast!

  6. These look great! I laughed out loud with the comment, "we don't believe in oats that take 20 minutes to cook- we're already pioneers seasoning our own!"--- I totally feel the same way! I cook oats every day but have NEVER cooked steeelcut- and feel like a hippie when i telly people to skip the starbucks/mcdonalds oatmeal and make their own! xo, andrea


Thanks for making me smile. =)