Steel-Cut Oats & Fruit Breakfast Cereal

Martha Stuart
Homemade steel-cut oats taste nuttier and are healthier than prepackaged oatmeal. For even more flavor, top with dried fruit or nuts for the perfect breakfast.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2


  • 2/3 cup steel-cut oats
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • Coarse salt
  • Light brown sugar
  • Toppings optional, such as banana chips, sliced apricots, or toasted nuts


  • The night before: In a 2-quart saucepan, bring 2 1/2 cups water to a boil. Add 2/3 cup steel-cut oats (not quick-cooking). Stir, let cool to room temperature. Cover; refrigerate in pan overnight.
  • In the morning: Add 1/8 teaspoon coarse salt to pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer until oats are tender but still chewy, 12 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in 1/3 cup milk, and cook until creamy, 2 to 3 minutes. Divide between 2 bowls. Spoon on light-brown sugar and toppings (such as banana chips or sliced apricots), if desired. For a crunchy texture, add toasted nuts.


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