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Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal with Apples and Cinnamon


Oatmeal was not my favorite breakfast when I was younger. I would eat it but never really craved it. Until I had Irish oatmeal. Then things changed. We went to Ireland for our honeymoon and I fell in love with oatmeal. But not the run of the mill rolled oats. I’m talking steel cut oats. I had it every day as part of a huge breakfast. We stayed in a handful of different inns and bed and breakfasts, and they all served Irish Oatmeal – all fixed a little differently – but all delicious. 

Steel cut oats have such great texture. They feel like more of a meal than regular oatmeal. I toast the oats on the stove in this recipe before I bake them. It enhances the complex flavors and adds more depth to the oats. This recipe makes a huge batch of oatmeal and is perfect for weekday breakfasts for the kids. It takes about an hour to bake, so I will make it during the day and reheat individual portions for breakfast. Just add a little milk before you heat to get the creamy texture back. My kids love this oatmeal, and it keeps them full until lunch. My kids aren’t big egg eaters, so I struggle to make something that will keep their minds on school and off their grumbling bellies. This oatmeal paired with part of a protein smoothie is a winning combination. It took them a little while to get used to the coarser texture of steel cut oats, but the baked apples and cinnamon in this have won them over. Stir in a little brown sugar or maple syrup right before you serve it, and you have the breakfast of champions. 


Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal with Apples and Cinnamon
  • 2 cups Steel Oats
  • 1 T butter
  • 4 cups Boiling Water
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3 apples, peeled and diced
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2½ cups milk
  • Optional toppings:
  • brown sugar, maple syrup, fruit, nuts
  1. Preheat oven to 375 and grease a 9 x 13 pan.
  2. Melt butter in skillet and add oats. Stir until lightly toasted. Put oats in a large mixing bowl and pour boiling water over. Add apples,cinnamon, brown sugar and salt and stir until combined. Add milk and stir. Pour into prepared dish and bake for 50-60 minutes or until browned and set. Stir oatmeal before serving and then add toppings as desired.
  3. This reheats well. Just add a little milk before you reheat to prevent the oatmeal from drying out.





  1. I have been looking for a baked oatmeal recipe that doesn’t use eggs. This sounds delicious! Is all Irish Oatmeal steel cut? I looked at the many oatmeal choices at my favorite grocery store today and was totally confused….HELP!

    • Hi Cathy, Yes, Irish Oatmeal is Steel Cut. I find it in the organic section of my grocery store. Hope this helps. :)

  2. What a great recipe, made it for visiting guest and she loved it. Since it was only two of us I half the recipe and used some of my frozen apples from a former apple orchard visit.

    • Hi Nancy, I’m glad you both liked it! Frozen apples from the orchard would be fabulous in it! Yum!

  3. Love this recipe! Will be linking back to this in my upcoming post :)

    • Thanks Marla! Can’t wait to read it!

  4. I might make this tonight, looks awesome and breakfast for the rest of the week would be done !

    • It is a great make ahead breakfast! Perfect for weekday mornings. Enjoy!

  5. I just made it using light cocnut milk and earth balance to make it vegan. I skipped the skillet and toasted the oats with the ‘butter’ in the pan while the oven was preheating. I poured everything into a bowl and then back into the pan which I had greased, it was already warm so that was easier. Yummy! I like that it can be made much quicker than in a crock pot. Good for a weekend morning.

    • Great substitutions! I use Earth Balance all of the time and love it!

  6. I’ve been looking for steel cut oats recipe that isn’t an overnight crock pot so this looks perfect! Do you recommend reheating stove-top, microwave or in a warm oven?

    • I reheat it in the microwave for time purposes, but I’m sure it would be great whichever way you choose. I recommend adding a little milk before reheating to give it the creamy texture.

  7. HI. Love this. I have made this several times now. I only had 1 apple and 1 banana the first time i tried so that is what I used. I forgot to use the milk a couple of times ago. I just added it about 5 min before timer went off. Then put it back in the oven for 5 min. This has become a fav method of mine. Depending on what fruit and added ingredients I have put in I can adjust the moisture content the way I feel by adding in at the end. I end up using a little less then what the recipe calls for i general but i tend to like it a little thicker and chewier. But the almond milk at the end give a boost of creamey texture. Found some peanut butter powder that has chocolate powder mixed in. I love using all banana in the oatmeal and then sprinkling the peanut butter powder on top.

    I have been making 2 batches at once and portioning them into muffin pans and freezing them. Then i can take on the run to work and microwave with a splash of water or almond milk heck i used my coffee one time. you can spray the muffin pans then pop em out and put them in a freezer bag.

    • Sounds like a great adaptation! Love the muffin pan idea. :)

  8. This was so hearty & delicious! I loved the fact that it was steel cut oats too. I am making blueberry/strawberry right now-I hope it’s as delicious. Thanks for a great recipe!

    • Ooh, that sounds delicious! Let me know how it is!

  9. Did anyone else find this terribly salty? The salt is overpowering. I used 1 1/2 tsp as the recipe said. After I tasted it, I checked the regular directions on my bag of Steele Cut Oats and it only calls for 1/4 tsp per 1 cup of oats. So, this recipe has 3 times the amount of salt? I’m very disapointed that I wasted all those ingedients. I’m not sure there is any way to salvage it.

    • I’m sorry this didn’t work out for you, Lorraine. Everyone has different tastes. I hope you found a way to suit yours.

    • I found the same thing. I’m a salt lover and I couldn’t eat it. Made it again and used a 1/2 tsp of salt and it was perfect!
      This is an awesome recipe, I’ll be making it again and again!

      • Thanks for the comment, Kate! Enjoy!

      • Don’t forget that if you are using salted butter, it adds more salt… i added a sprinkle of salt along with my salted butter because it enhances the taste of the sugar but not nearly as much as the recipe called for… waiting for it to come out of the oven as i type this!

  10. I love having this for breakfast! I’ve been adding raisins after warming it up and it tastes amazing! Thanks!

    • Raisins are a yummy addition!

  11. We loved this, thank you! I increased the cinnamon, halved the salt, and used coconut milk.

  12. Just like you I was never a big fan as a kid, but now this is probably my favorite breakfast!
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    • Isn’t it funny how our tastes change as we get older? Older and wiser :)

  13. Thank you for this lovely recipe!! It is comforting, satisfying, and a convenient way to have breakfast ready ahead of time, and especially since we are approaching fall and winter. Take care!

  14. I’ve never made oatmeal from scratch before. My 2 year old LOVES it for breakfast! I’m definitely going to have to try your recipe!
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    • Thanks, Betsy! It’s a keeper and smells soooo good while it’s baking!

  15. This sounds and looks delicious. I love oatmeal but have never tried steel cut oats. Now I have no excuse not to try them this recipe is great. Pinned.
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  16. I want to gobble this up right now! Love the apples in the oatmeal.


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