I saw a version of this recipe on America’s Test Kitchen and was sold. We are a big oatmeal eating family but sometimes the classic rolled oats are boring and lack a hearty bite. Luckily, now we can all make perfect steel cut oatmeal (that usually takes close to an hour) in ten minutes. Here’s the trick…


Like all hard delicious things (think beans, grains) soaking is the key. So the night before pour boiling water over the oats and in the morning simmer with grated apple, milk, cinnamon, and brown sugar. In ten minutes breakfast is ready.

This is a seriously fuel-filled breakfast so plan it for a day when you’ll need some energy. Recently we hiked around Cedar Tree Neck with our steel cut oatmeal power.


10 Minute Steel-Cut Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal 

3 cups water
1 cup steel-cut oats
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup whole milk (or nut milk)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 apple, grated
2 tablespoon dark brown sugar
chopped mixed raw nuts and maple syrup for topping


1.  The night before, bring 3 cups water to boil in large saucepan over high heat. Remove pan from heat; stir in oats and salt. Cover pan and let stand overnight.

2. In the morning, stir milk, cinnamon, apple, and brown sugar into oats and bring to boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until oats are softened but still retain some chew and mixture thickens and resembles warm pudding, 4 to 6 minutes.


3. Remove pan from heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Stir and serve, passing desired toppings separately (I like chopped mixed raw nuts and maple syrup).