These Baked Blueberry Almond Steel Cut Oatmeal are a healthy, hearty, and filling breakfast that is packed with whole grains, healthy fats, and everything you need to fuel your day. Jump to Recipe keyboard_arrow_down
Baked steel cut oatmeal with blueberries, almonds, cinnamon, and just a hint of maple syrup is a delicious way to enjoy your morning bowl of oatmeal. It's a combination we can get enough of and use in these Jumbo Blueberry Oat Muffins and Microwave Blueberry Oatmeal Muffin.
This is the oatmeal recipe for people who don't think they like oatmeal in my humble opinion. The magic of soaking the oats overnight and then baking them turns them into something highly delicious and dare I say, almost like dessert. It's delicious. Better yet? You can pretty much make this recipe any way you like - use different fruit, change out the nuts or add more, use almond or cashew milk, change up the spices - you name it, this recipe can probably adapt to it. This keeps great in the fridge and can be eaten cold or reheated with a little extra milk in the microwave.
The other thing I love about these Baked Blueberry Almond Steel Cut Oatmeal is that it is an easy make-ahead breakfast. Once it is cooked, you can eat it cold right out of the refrigerator or you can warm it up with some extra milk or almond milk. It also is great to pack and take with you to work or send to school for a healthy snack.
Now a few notes about this baked steel cut oatmeal recipe that are extremely important. It is important to soak the oats the night before so that they are tender when they are baked. Without soaking, the steel cut oats remain somewhat crunchy and the texture of the baked oats won't be the same. It also gives all the flavors time to meld together, resulting in a really delicious baked oatmeal dish.
What are steel cut oats?
Steel cut oats are the least processed of the oatmeal options available and are also known as Irish or Scottish oats. Essentially to make steel cut oats, the groats are chopped into smaller, almost rice-like pieces using a steel mill, which is where the name steel cut oats comes from. Steel cut oats take longer to cook and have a more toothsome texture, which is absolutely worth waiting for.
What are the benefits of steel cut oats?
Like all oatmeal, steel cut oats are an extremely healthy whole grain that is packed with fiber and a good source of both iron and protein. They also have a low glycemic index and will keep you full for an extremely long time given their high fiber content. Oats are also heart healthy and recommended as part of a healthy diet.
How to bake steel cut oats?
Steel cut oats are a bit more difficult to bake than traditional oats since they take significantly longer to cook and prepare. The best way to cook steel cut oats is to soak the oatmeal overnight before baking it to soften the oats and prepare them for baking. Normally you will need about 2.5-3 cups of liquid for every 1 cup of steel cut oatmeal if you are soaking them the night before. The oats will take about 45 minutes at 375 degrees.
Recipe Ideas for Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal
There are lots of different ways you can customize this recipe based on what you have at home and what flavors you would like.
- Fruit: This recipe works with virtually any fruit you like. I have made this recipe with blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, apples, pears, and plums.
- Milk: Depending on your dietary needs, you can use dairy milk, almond milk, cashew milk, oat milk, or coconut milk. If you use canned coconut milk, it is important to mix it with at least half water since the coconut milk is extremely thick.
- Nuts: Although I opted for almonds in this recipe, you can use any nuts that you like.
- Sweetener: I love how maple syrup pairs with oats and blueberries, but you can use brown sugar or honey as well. You could also cut back on the sweetener and add some mashed banana for both flavor and sweetness.
- Eggs: If you want to make a firmer baked oatmeal recipe than add 1-2 eggs to the mixture. The eggs will bind the oats and form a more bar-like consistency that will hold together more than a traditional baked oatmeal.
- Extra nutrients: To add some extra nutritional benefits to your steel cut oats, add in a tablespoon of chia seeds, flaxseed meal, hemp seeds, or maca powder.
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- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 1/4 cup almonds, chopped
- 1.5 tsp. baking powder
- 1.5 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp. nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp. salt
- 2.67 cups skim milk (or almond milk)
- 1.5 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 U eggs
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 cups blueberries
Mix together the oats, almonds, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
Whisk together the milk, vanilla, eggs, and maple syrup.
Add this to the oatmeal mixture and stir to combine. Fold in the blueberries.
Pour this into a prepared 9 X 9 baking dish and refrigerate overnight.
When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Bake for 45 minutes or until oats are tender and the mixture it set.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.
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