Apple Raisin Steel Cut Oats

Apple Raisin Steel Cut Oats

Most of us have eaten our fair share of oatmeal before, but have you had a chance to get your hands on steel cut oats? Steel cut oats are the whole berry from the oat plant (which is called a “groat”) that are then roughly chopped—instead of being rolled, like regular oats.

Nutritionally, there isn’t much of a difference between rolled oats, quick oats, and steel cut oats, but the real variation comes in the taste and texture. Instead of the creamy, pudding-like consistency you’d get from rolled oats or quick cook oats, steel cut oats give you more of a chewy bowl of breakfast cereal. The taste also has more of a nutty, whole grain flavor profile, which can be a really nice complement to the flavors of fall. Like, say, apples!

These Apple Raisin Steel Cut Oats are hearty, filling, and packed with amazing fall flavor. This is pretty much the ultimate autumn breakfast! Since steel cut oats aren’t processed as heavily as the oats you are used to, they do take a bit longer to cook (about a half hour), so if you’re short on time, maybe save your steel cut oat adventures for the weekend. Or, you can work ahead of time and place the whole recipe in the slow cooker on low overnight. You’ll wake up in the morning to a healthy breakfast and a house that smells amazing!

Apple Raisin Steel Cut Oats

Apple Raisin Steel Cut OatsMakes 4 small servings


  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 2 cups milk (animal, unsweetened nut, soy, or coconut would all work)
  • 1 large apple, cored and diced
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Butter, cream, maple syrup, nuts, etc. for topping


  1. Combine the oats, milk, apple, raisins, cinnamon, and salt in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stir, and then reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the oats are tender and have absorbed most of the liquid—about 25 minutes.
  2. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Spoon into bowls and top with favorite toppings.

Nutrition Per Serving

Does not include desired toppings

180 calories, 3.2g fat, 36.1g carbs, 3.9g protein

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Cassie Johnston is an award-winning food writer and recipe developer living and working in Southern Indiana. Her work has been feature in national publications such as Gourmet Magazine and The Huffington Post. Cassie’s a big fan of strenuous hikes, cheese, watching sports, Brussels sprouts, and craft beer, and she’ll talk your ear off about her love of local food and seasonal eating. She’s obsessed with social media and loves connecting with new friends!