Make a batch of this hearty Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal with Apples and Cinnamon and enjoy breakfast all week long.
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 years later when I was introduced to Irish oatmeal (otherwise knows as steel cut oatmeal) on our honeymoon in Ireland. Now it’s one of my favorite breakfasts, and this recipe for Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal with Apples and Cinnamon brings me right back to the Emerald Isle.
This baked breakfast dish is loaded with chewy oats, chunks of apples and, and spiced with cinnamon. Perfect for those chilly mornings when you need more than just a hot cup of coffee to warm you up, and any other time of the year too!
What’s The Difference Between Different Types of Oatmeal?
Have you ever had steel cut oatmeal before? Steel cut oats have such great texture, and because of that, they feel like more of a meal than regular oatmeal. What makes steel cut oats different than other oats such as rolled, quick, or instant is how they are cut/prepared before being packaged.
Types of oats
Rolled Oats: The whole grains are steamed and pressed flat with steel rollers. The rolling process shortens the cooking time.
Quick and instant: The oats are cooked and dried before they are cut and rolled then to make the cooking process even quicker than that of rolled or steel cut oats.
Steel cut: These oats aren’t rolled. Instead, steel blades slice them into coarse nubs, giving them an appearance like cut-up grains of rice. Steel-cut oats are less processed than rolled oats. They take longer to cook than rolled oats, and their texture is a bit chewier.
If it is your first time eating steel cut oatmeal, it might take a little time to get used to the coarser texture of steel cut oats, but the addition of baked apples and cinnamon will surely win you over. (Plus a little maple syrup and brown sugar doesn’t hurt, either.)
How To Make Steel Cut Oatmeal with Apples and Cinnamon
If you’re someone who loves having oatmeal every day, you’ll love this baked oatmeal because you can make a big batch at once and have a ready to go breakfast in minutes every morning for the next week (or less, because it’s too good to resist). Just a few simple steps are all it takes to create this delicious breakfast treat!
Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease a 9 x 13 pan. Then melt butter in a skillet and add oats. Stir until lightly toasted. I toast the oats on the stove in this recipe before I bake them, and I highly recommend this step. Why? This little bit of effort truly enhances the flavors and add more depth to the already hearty steel cut oats.
Put oats in a large mixing bowl and pour boiling water over them. Add apples, cinnamon, brown sugar and salt and stir until combined. Add milk and stir. Pour into prepared dish and bake until browned and set. Stir oatmeal before serving and then add toppings as desired.
Can I make the recipe with different fruit?
This recipe can be made with any of your favorite fruits. If you want to make a little more summery, try replacing the apples with strawberries or raspberries. Three diced apples equate to about three cups of fruit, so keep that in mind if you do choose to replace the apples with a fruit of your choice.
You can also take the fall feeling of this recipe even further and replace half of the cinnamon with pumpkin pie spice. It’s the perfect combo to get you in the mood for fall, of PSL season as everyone seems to call it these days.
Tips for Serving Baked Oatmeal
Baked oatmeal isn’t just good for helping you breakfast meal prep your way through the week. With a recipe this good, you’ll want to share it with others too!
This recipe makes a huge batch of baked steel cut oatmeal and is perfect for weekday breakfasts or brunch for a bunch. It takes about an hour to bake, so you can even make it ahead of time and reheat individual portions when needed.
It also makes a great family breakfast staple to make special holiday mornings even better. Try whipping up a batch or two for Christmas, Easter, or Mother’s Day brunch at home. It will surely be a hit no matter the occasion!
Hosting brunch? Here are some great ideas for filling the food table:
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- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 cups Steel Cut Oats
- 4 cups boiling water
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 3 apples, peeled and diced
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 1/2 cups milk
- Brown sugar, maple syrup, fruit, nuts (optional toppings)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease a 9 x 13 pan.
- Melt butter in skillet and add oats. Stir until lightly toasted. Put oats in a large mixing bowl and pour boiling water over them. 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.
This reheats well. Just add a little milk before you reheat to prevent the oatmeal from drying out.