Steel Cut Irish Oats

If you’re used to opening a packet to “make” your oatmeal, you’ll need to learn the basics of cooking oats. But don’t worry. It’s easy!


Know Your Oats

There are four different kinds of oatmeal each undergoing a different level of processing:

  • Instant oatmeal is packaged in envelopes with sweeteners & flavorings. It takes only the addition of hot water. This is the most processed oatmeal and tends to have more calories due to added sugars per serving than unprocessed oatmeal.
  • Quick oats are processed to remove the outer bran for faster cooking. Less processed than instant oatmeal, these take minimal cook time, between 1 and 5 minutes.
  • Old-fashioned oats are steamed and rolled flat. These oats take about 10-12 minutes to cook on the stove-top. They’re slightly less processed than quick oats.
  • Steel-cut or “Irish” oats are minimally processed and retain all the inherent fiber and vitamins of whole oats, but take longer,about 25 minutes, to cook. Unlike the flat oats or instant oats, steel-cut oats are round in shape.

Stick to the old-fashioned or steel-cut oats for nutrition’s sake; and know that old-fashioned oats require little to no more cooking time than the quick variety. Quick, old-fashioned, and steel-cut oats all allow you to create your own flavor combinations and control what goes into your bowl.

Baked Pumpkin Steel Cut Oatmeal
serves 4 to 6

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups steel cut oats
  • 1 cup pumpkin or squash puree
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Recipe instructions can be found at Hot Breakfast Recipe: Baked Pumpkin Steel Cut Oatmeal | Recipes from The Kitchn

Baked Irish Steel Cut Oatmeal Recipes

Simple Oatmeal Combinations

As a time saver, you can make a big batch of basic oatmeal on the weekend and refrigerate to use during the week. For more instructions on cooking steel-cut oats, click here.

The nutritional info is based on one serving of oatmeal, or a 1/4 cup of uncooked grain.

Steel cut oats Old-fashioned oats Quick oats
Calories 150 75 78
Total Fat 2.5 g 1.5 g 1.3 g
Saturated Fat .5 g .3 g .2 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0 mg 0 mg
Sodium 0 mg 0 mg 0 mg
Carbs 27 g 13.5 g 13.6 g
Fiber 4 g 2 g 2 g
Sugars .5 g .5 g .3 g
Protein 5 g 2.5 g 3.3 g
Calcium 20 mg 0 mg 10.5 mg

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Inspired by 20 Healthy and Tasty Breakfast Ideas.

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