An Ode to Steel-Cut Oats

❁ Steel-cut oats with shredded coconut, chia seeds, goji berries, and agave syrup 


  • 100g steel-cut oats
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • pinch of salt
  • Toppings (chia, coconut, dates, berries, dried fruit, etc..)

From early childhood, steel-cut oats have been a staple in my pantry. When I was little, I would regularly request porridge as a weekend breakfast. Unfortunately, I would then add mounds of brown sugar or honey, negating most of the health benefits of this high-fiber, low fat breakfast! Today, I’ve updated the toppings to make it more health-concious, but no less delicious!

Steel-cut oats differ from “quick-cooking” oats in that they have not been steam-rolled to hasten the cooking process. By preserving the fibrous kernel, you preserve the fibre and protein of this whole grain. The increased fibre content of rolled oats slows the digestion process, making this a low-GI breakfast (or any meal!) choice, as well as a good choice to ensure longer-term satiety!

These oats can be found at most grocery stores, and certainly at speciality food shops. They may be sold under the names “groats” or “pinhead oats.” Typically inexpensive (a 500g bag cost me $3!), this is a great and inexpensive food that can easily be accessorized with berries, seeds, nuts, or sweeteners!

Hi! I’m Anna. I’m a rising sophomore at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Follow me on Instagram for more recipe ideas and healthy-living inspiration! 

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