This Strawberry Steel Cut Oatmeal is an easy way to take your ordinary oatmeal bowl to the next level! This oatmeal is made with almond milk, honey and fresh strawberries to give it a naturally sweet taste and a delicious creamy texture. It’s super filling and a great way to turn oatmeal skeptics into believers! It’s definitely the best way to start your morning.
This strawberry oatmeal recipe is made with steel cut oats which gives it a thick, creamy consistency compared to regular old-fashioned oatmeal. Steel cut oatmeal is also the perfect foundation for adding toppings like fruit, nuts, seeds, almond butter or extra milk. But you do have to have some patience when it comes to cooking steel cut oatmeal. It takes quite a bit longer to cook than traditional oatmeal, but the taste and texture is well worth the wait! If you want steel cut oatmeal sooner then try this Instant Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal recipe!
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF OATMEAL?
Let’s talk about three different types of oats that you often see in your local grocery store,
- Instant (Quick) Oats are oats that have been pre-cooked, dried and rolled very thin. They are the most processed type of oat and also the quickest type of oatmeal to cook. However they are often very mushy and they don't hold their texture well. Not the best when adding fruit and toppings on top.
- Old Fashioned (Rolled) Oats are whole grain oats that are steamed and then flattened with a roller to create rolled oats. This is probably the most popular type of oatmeal because it doesn’t take long to cook and it’s great for baking.
- Steel Cut Oats are oats made by cutting oat groats with steel blades into coarse tiny pieces. They are thicker, chewier and less-processed than rolled oats. They do take longer to cook (about 25 minutes) but are extremely filling, digest slower and are perfect for meal prepping. These are my favorite oats for oatmeal!
HOW TO COOK STRAWBERRY STEEL CUT OATMEAL
The full instructions are included in the recipe card below, but here’s a quick overview:
Step One: Cook your steel cut oats with half water, almond milk and a pinch of salt for approximately 25 minutes. Keep an eye on your oatmeal and stir occasionally to prevent any sticking at the bottom.
Step Two: Once the oatmeal is done add a little bit of honey to sweeten and some chopped fresh strawberries. Stir to combine.
Step Three: Add your oatmeal to a bowl and top with more sliced strawberries, chia or hemp seeds and a little bit more almond milk to make it extra creamy. Enjoy!
WHAT IS THE WATER TO OATS RATIO FOR STEEL CUT OATS?
Steel cut oats require more water than traditional old-fashioned oats due to the thickness of the oat and the cook time for steel cut oats. For every 1 cup of steel cut oats you will need approximately 3 - 3 ½ cups of water. I like using half water and half almond milk for my oats to give them more flavor and richness. As the oats are cooking you can always add a little more water or milk if you notice the oats soaking up most of the liquid too quickly.
GOT AN INSTANT POT?
You can also make a bigger batch of oatmeal in your Instant Pot. It's easy to do and more hands-off than the stove top method. You can make a big batch for a large family or it's perfect for meal prepping oatmeal for breakfast! Check out this Instant Pot Oatmeal recipe and just adjust your toppings accordingly!
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