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Classic Creamy Steel-Cut Oatmeal

20 min


One-bowl / one-pot

10 ingredients or less

This is a classic breakfast staple. A hearty and warm porridge that feels so comforting in the morning.



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  • ⅔ cup (107 g)
    steel cut oats, soaked overnight, rinsed, drained
  • 2 cups (480 mL)
    unsweetened soy milk
  • ½ tsp
    ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp
    pumpkin spice mix (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp (7 g)
    ground flaxseeds
  • 1
    banana, sliced
  • 1 tsp (5 mL)


  • 1
    nectarine, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL)


  1. In a medium pot, add the drained oats, plant milk, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice. Bring to a gentle boil, then reduce to a gentle simmer. Cook for 10 - 12 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Then add the ground flaxseeds, banana, and vanilla extract. Stir and continue to cook for another 2 minutes.
  3. When the oats are cooked through, it’s done! Add more milk if a thinner consistency is preferred, or cook for another couple of minutes to thicken.
  4. Add toppings and enjoy!


  • Soaking steel-cut oats increases nutrient absorption and helps decrease cooking time. If using unsoaked oats, double the cooking time and add about 30% more milk. Learn more about the benefits of soaking in our PUL article.
  • Nutrition tip: aim to use plant-based milk that is fortified with calcium.


  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • Reheat leftovers on the stove or in the microwave. If possible, add the banana fresh the next morning.

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Grains & Starches 30%

steel cut oats

Proteins 40%

unsweetened soy milk

ground flaxseeds

almond butter

Fruits & Veggies 30%




unsweetened soy milk


ground flaxseeds

almond butter

Nutrition info

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Faith - Feb. 17, 2024, 6:01 p.m.

Yummy as always

Geetha Raj - Jan. 19, 2024, 12:20 a.m.

So Good 🫶🏽

erica bulow - Dec. 31, 2023, 5:48 p.m.

Easy and tasty

Japsowin Kaur - Dec. 6, 2023, 3:18 a.m.

I've been making these for over a year without fail and this has become my go to healthy breakfast. I add tons of seeds to bump up the protein, and enjoy with seasonal fruits. This is the recipe that made me an oats lover and I've been recommending it to friends and family since then! ❤️❤️❤️ I look forward to breakfast every single day😇

PUL Team - Dec. 8, 2023, 5:25 a.m.

Your creative touch of adding seeds for extra protein and pairing it with seasonal fruits is fantastic, Japsowin! It's heartwarming to know that our recipe has made you an oats enthusiast, and we appreciate you spreading the love to friends and family ❤️

Choupette La Calicotte - Dec. 3, 2023, 8:23 a.m.

This is the first time my porridge is perfectly creamy and delicious 😋
Thank you for the timer what a fantastic idea 💡 I just forgot the banana because I wasn't awake haha 😆
This app is a gem

PUL Team - Dec. 4, 2023, 12:25 a.m.

Thanks a million, Choupette! In case you haven't seen it already, we can press ingredients to cross them out on the ingredients list or in the step-by-step cook-along "Make" feature. This helps us keep track 🤗

Heather Weiche - Nov. 25, 2023, 5:29 p.m.

I used oats instead of steelcut oats and it was delicious!

Ruchi - July 4, 2023, 5:17 a.m.

This is a great base recipe that I use all the time with different flavor combinations. I’ve found that cooking this in the instant pot (12 mins on high and natural pressure release for 20 mins) cuts down on cook time and does not require me to pay attention to it. I also sometimes use dates to sweeten this naturally.

PUL Team - July 5, 2023, 6:37 a.m.

Thanks for sharing your experience with it, Ruchi!

Dr. Trishla Jain - Dec. 11, 2022, 3:24 a.m.

So aesthetically and thoughtfully created article. Thanks a lot for putting it out there.

PUL Team - Dec. 11, 2022, 11:48 p.m.

Aw thank you, Dr. Trishla Jain!

Isabel - March 29, 2022, 1:38 a.m.

Base recipe is amazing, and my go to for steel cut oats. But this recipe can easily be adjusted to try out new flavor options or combos, depending on what's in season and what you have on hand. The hardest part is remembering to soak them the night before, lol.

PUL Team - March 29, 2022, 4:04 a.m.

We're so happy to hear, Isabel, and can relate to the soaking struggle 🤣 We'd love to hear your favourite flavour combos!

Riya Agrawal - Nov. 28, 2021, 6:06 a.m.

Thanks for sharing the recipe.

aishwarya sen - Oct. 27, 2021, 1:51 p.m.

Very interesting blog. I would definitely recommend this to my family and friends. Thank you.

Siddhi Raina - Oct. 13, 2021, 8:13 a.m.

This recipe is so easy to understand and looks so yummy. Even the information shared is so apt about steel cut oats and rolled oats and it is very detailed. A perfect blog for steel cut oats. I would recommend this blog and the recipe to my friends and family. I have been using Steel Cut Oats from True Elements - a clean label food brand and I am going to try this recipe now.

Brunettebakes - Sept. 15, 2021, 10:27 a.m.

Just made it with quick oats and a mix of almond and oat milk and topped eith frozen blueberries, flax seeds, chia seeds, banana and some date syrup. So incredibly delicious! Tastes very different to making oats with water I definitely recommend trying this out :)

PUL Team - Sept. 15, 2021, 5:06 p.m.

Mmmm that does sound tasty! So glad the oatmeal was enjoyed, Brunettebakes 🙂

Manali D - Aug. 20, 2021, 6:42 p.m.

I tried this recipe. Its now one of my most favourite breakfast😊
Thank you for all the tricks to make it so delicious 😊❤️

Nahida Shahidi - July 24, 2021, 6:34 p.m.

I love this recipe and don't how many times had it during my breakfast!!!

Sragdhara Ghosh - June 14, 2021, 8:35 p.m.

Hi!! If we are using old fashioned rolled we have to soak it overnight?? and can it be prepared and stored??? or finish it that day itself!!

PUL Team - June 15, 2021, 3:36 p.m.

Hello Sragdhara, thank you for the questions! When we make oatmeal with old-fashioned rolled oats, we usually do one of two things: 1) don't soak it overnight at all, and just cook it in the morning in plant-based milk, or 2) soak it overnight in milk in the fridge, and then cook it on the stove in the morning to heat it up.

Since rolled oats aren't as dense as steel-cut, they'll soak up liquid easier and cook faster. You'll want to use less liquid (such as a 1:2 ratio) and cook it for less time. It may be worthwhile to taste as you cook in case the spices need adjusting as well. The storage will be the same. We hope this helps for now and happy cooking ✨😃

Sragdhara - June 15, 2021, 9:25 p.m.

thank you soooo much!!

Ram Rathi - June 2, 2021, 2:05 p.m.

I tried this recipe at home. It was really classy and creamy. I used True Elements steel-cut oats for it which was a perfect Oat for this recipe. Thank you for this recipe.