Honey Nut Steel Cut Oats

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My first goal with this post is to convince you to get a rice cooker.

Yes. Stay with me here.

Because my second goal is to get you to use your rice cooker to make your breakfast for you.

And then my third goal is to get you to truly enjoy steel cut oats. Because I know, like, one crazy person who actually likes a big bowl of those harsh grains, and I am not that one person. Harsh is a weird way to describe food, but do you know what I mean? They’re just… too much on their own.

So when I think delicious breakfast involving any ingredient named steel, I think of this little one: bananas, almonds, honey, steel cut oats, regular oats, AND bulgur. That’s right – triple grain! And honey-nut sweet. I’m in love.

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These are the things that keep my life interesting.

Because let’s be honest – I’ve had the same breakfast oatmeal for the last five years. Somewhere deep down, I really do want to branch out in the oats department. But I have a hard time letting go of things like pumpkin oats, apple cinnamon bran oats, and Lord help me, double chocolate oats.

That’s why I kept the regular oats in this rice cooker breakfast combo. They make it familiarly (wow – really? spell check counts that as a word?) soft and fluffy, while the bulgur gives a little texture and nutty flavor and the steel cut brings the … whatever steel cut is supposed to bring.

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But if steel cut is not your thing AT ALL, and you can’t even fathom the thought of mixing it together with a few other grains and topping it with the most heavenly sweet, crunchy-nutty goodness, you can still do this! Remember my primarily goal for this post? To encourage you to get a rice cooker to make your breakfast for you. Ohhyeah.

This can work with any kind of grains! I’ve used rolled oats with wheat berries, bulgur with steel cut, quick oats with, um, brown rice. Cause it’s a rice cooker and cause I love carbs.

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You don’t even need a recipe for this. You just need to choose some grains, dump ’em in, and turn on your rice cooker to make a perfectly cozy and filling breakfast for you.

Okay? Okay.

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4.9 from 8 reviews
Honey Nut Steel Cut Oats
Serves: 6
  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 1 cup quick cooking oatmeal (or rolled oats - doesn't really matter)
  • ½ cup light bulgur (dry)
  • 3½ cups water
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup milk
  • honey, banana, sliced almonds, flax for topping
  1. Rinse the bulgur. Place both oats and bulgur in a rice cooker with water. Add the salt, cover, and let it cook until the rice cooker switches off (mine automatically switches off when all the water is absorbed). Check oats - add more water, stir, and cook for another 5 minutes if they're too sticky or not soft enough.
  2. Stir in the cinnamon and milk. Serve topped with sliced banana, sliced almonds, honey, and flax.
The nutrition information includes ½ a banana, 1 tablespoon honey, 2 tablespoons sliced almonds, and 2 teaspoons flaxmeal per serving. If you want, you can soften the steel cut oats by soaking them overnight. Any kinds of grains will work for this - just check the cook time on them!


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By the way, at home, I have this little cutie rice cooker. It’s red and tiny and awesome.

So does anyone else actually have one of these things or am I just obsessed because I live in the Philippines?

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  1. So it is 5:45am and I so wish these were cooking in my rice cooker right now!1 These look delicious and healthy!! Yum!

  2. I must be one of the weirdos that love the texture of steel cut oats– there’s something just so hearty and wholesome about them! I love the mix of grains in this and I love when a machine makes my breakfast for me 😉 I don’t have a rice cooker, but I always think about getting one because rice is one of those foods I’m just a total failure at trying to make.

  3. Oatmeal in the rice cooker sounds like such a great idea. No standing at the stove. I can get ready while my breakfast is getting ready. Totally have to try this.

  4. I have a rice cooker and i actually just used it last night for the first time! I had been on the fence about buying one, then one morning while constantly watching/stirring my steel cut oats on the stove, I bit the bullet and caved!

    I eat something similar to this almost every morning – i stir in a tablespoon of peanut butter, though. I think the combination of peanut butter and honey is like my childhood in a bite and i love the sweetness the banana adds. I’m going to try topping with some nuts for some added texture – now i’m definitely ready for breakfast! Thanks for the great idea!

  5. Queen of a TINY kitchen kingdom, I’ve been back and forth about the rice cooker for about 2 years. You may have just sold me!
    PS. You now know TWO weirdos that like steel cut oats (count me in!).

  6. Lesley G. says:

    Thanks for the great idea! I am Filipino, so a rice cooker is a staple appliace in my kitchen!

  7. You’ve convinced me, I need a rice cooker!

  8. I love your site design! So much that I went to Shay’s site – she does nice work! Your steel cut oats look delicious and I like your rice cooker trick!

  9. Yum! Love how creamy and crunchy these look. I unfortunately do not own a rice cooker… someday when I am in a bigger place I will get one! And this will be first on my list :)

  10. I love that picture of you and Bjork on your sidebar Lindsay! I love you guys, you’re awesome. And this is even more awesome – creamy, comforting, healthy! I will now register for a rice cooker for our wedding… 😉

  11. We have a rice cooker but only because my husband had one when we got married. He’s Fillipino. I think that explains it. lol. Ours is a cheap old one that gets the job done. But I want to save up and get a Zojirushi one. I’ve heard they’re amazing.

    • I’ll have to look for that brand! Here in the Philippines I always feel like they have one option for all other kitchen appliances, and one million options for rice cookers. :)

  12. Very cool! Periodically, I try to get myself to like steel-cut oats, as for some reason I have not only a huge box, but also a metal can (which I bought purely for the cute can) on hand at home. Yesterday was actually one of those days. I ended up going for the microwave directions, and they were….terrible. They got all chunky and gross and I couldn’t eat more than half the bowl before I gave up. I’m going to have to try your way and see if I can make myself like them :)

    • Try it again! Because that’s what happened to me the first few times I made them. I really like this mixture of grains… it’s just too much for me to do a bowl of the steel cut on their own so adding more variety helps. :) And I have the can, too! Is it McCann’s?

  13. Steel cut oats are the best–I love the addition of bulgar! I bet it tastes delicious. I have never tried a rice maker for oatmeal but that is a great idea.

  14. This is my kind of breakfast! Love the idea of making it in a rice cooker!

  15. I love my rice cooker! I put all kinds of grains in there with veggies and voila! dinner is ready. Same for oats, love making them in there! Love your combo!

  16. Lucky for me, I already have a rice cooker–although I’ve never used it to make steel-cut oats! Super interesting. This almost reminds me of Honey Bunches of Oats for some reason–I don’t know why, since we never eat them, but hey. :)

  17. Oh my god that is how I want to eat every breakfast time

  18. I love our rice cooker! I didn’t know someone could be as terrible at making rice as I am (I’ll blame the gas stove….) and I love it for all grains. Even though I love all kinds of oats I’ve still never made oatmeal in the rice cooker. I guess it’s on the to-do list!!

  19. OMG – looks so delish! Also wondering how you like the Laveem app?

    • Thanks Marie! I’ve just been using screen shots of the Laveem labels that I create because we found that installing the interactive labels was really slowing the site down. :( I love the design of the labels but you have to check things pretty thoroughly because their ingredient database is sometimes off (or missing things). For example, sometimes butter shows up with 0 grams fat. I used to use this one (again, just screen shots since they don’t have an installation option) but I’m sticking with Laveem for now and hoping they will continue to develop their ingredient database. The design is just so much more friendly. :)

  20. Yum! What other recipes can I make using the rice cooker?

  21. I’ve always wondered how steel cut oats tasted and I thought you could only cook rice in a rice cooker. My husband eats oatmeal for breakfast most days (I do during the winter), so I will have to look into this!

  22. I love your site, and thanks so much for this recipe — I always have steel-cut oats sitting around unused, since like you I find them harsh (perfect word for it). We have a Zojirushi with a porridge setting that I haven’t tried. I’m not sure how it differs from the regular rice setting but I’ll make this both ways and see…

  23. haha i just posted about baking brown rice and thought i lost my reason to use my rice cooker…and ahhhh…you’ve given me the perfect reason for keep on using it…i love oats.

  24. Rice cooker , check , make this recipe, double check!

  25. Just found your blog and love it! This post made me so happy — I just bought a rice cooker and am loving the rice and the steamed veggies, but this recipe sounds amazing! I had to print it out and will probably have some steel cut oats tomorrow morning.

  26. What a great idea. I like oatmeal and anything like oatmeal (as long as it has those delicious type toppings in your gorgeous photos). I will have to look into a rice cooker soon!

  27. martina says:

    I’m in the process of moving cross country so no appliance purchases right now BUT do you think a slow cooker could do the same, overnight even?

  28. I’m Asian, so of course I own a rice cooker. But I have never once cooked anything other than rice in it. I didn’t even know it people used it for anything else. I grew up always having a rice cooker in the house, and nothing else has been cooked in it. But what an interesting dish to make in the rice cooker. Sounds so good!

    I am in love with adorable little rice cookers too. I like it in pink (my favorite color). A lot of the Korean and Japanese home appliance stores have the cutest rice cookers. I have one that talks!

  29. I have been thinking about buying one for awhile, and you gave me the push I needed.
    Definitely going to make some oatmeal. Last night was the first time I used it. Great!! I added the rice, sprinkled some salt and curry powder, tossed in some chopped bell pepper and onion. So good. The rice was cooked perfectly.
    I love milk rice. Sprinkled with brown sugar and cinnamon. My booklet doesn’t say anything about using milk. I know on the stovetop it can boil over very quickly. Messy! Do I dare try? :)

  30. Oddly enough…I actually do like steel cut oats! (Bringing your tally to 2 weirdos!) I just rarely make them because they take so long, and when I want breakfast I want it NOW. I definitely have contemplated getting a rice cooker just to make breakfast-making easier (and, ya know, rice making…), and as soon as I have some money in my budget, that may just be happening. Until then, I’m definitely putting this yummy flavor profile on my oatmeal to-do list.

  31. I am one of those weird people who likes steel cut oats! Love the combination of grains you used, I never thought to combine grains like that. I don’t have a rice cooker, but my mom does…hmm…maybe I need to “borrow” it.

  32. Sold.

  33. I don’t have a rice cooker, but I was staying with a relative who did and I used it to make my morning oatmeal. Until recently I’ve been the same way- oatmeal every morning! I love the fact that you can just leave them in there and not worry about it. This looks much tastier and healthier and a certain honey-nut cereal at the grocery store 😉

  34. Dominique says:

    My brother and I are filipino… we’re going to try putting coco jam on this. :)

    • Awesome! I just bought some delicious coco jam from Bohol Bee Farm… it’s this all organic resort/restaurant that (obviously) has bees and honey and lots of other homemade yummy things. I’ll have to give it a try!

  35. I just found your blog through RunningtotheKitchen and I love it already. All of your photos look amazing.

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  38. Delish! If you don’t have a rice cooker, get one. I have a nice little cheapie ($20) and just tried making steel cut oats for the first time and it worked beautifully. Dolloped some yogurt and fruit on it and was in heaven. My Asian-American friend encouraged me to get a rice cooker and it’s great. I’ve cooked quinoa, winter berries, as well as rice in it. Makes live so much easier 😉 If something needs more time, just add the same amount of water you did the first time and cook again for the same time you did before … works well.

  39. I am totally on the steel cut train! Every morning I do a bowl of steel cut with chia, flax, and hemp seeds, a big dollop of yogurt and some maple syrup. I look forward to it every morning and could care less that it takes up way more of my daily calories than a breakfast should!

    Thanks for the great post, I just discovered your blog and I’m loving it!

    • 1Million and 1 option for rice cookers — options that do the job and are value for money. I am a Filipino and live in the islands. Where do you get your steel cut oats? I have been to SM, Ayala and S&R but could not find one. Am trying healthy options one of these days. I meant to feed my new solid eater with oats. Thanks and I enjoy your site.

  40. I appreciate you listing the nutritional value, but I didn’t see what the serving size of the oatmeal is? It is very good. Thank you!

  41. MaryJane says:

    This recipe is delicious! What a great idea. I make it every Sunday (usually a double batch to feed the family for the week). I freeze it in separate individual portion sized bags. Then we just pop it in the microwave and have a quick healthy breakfast. I typically add a little cinnamon and vanilla to the water that I add to the rice cooker. Thanks for sharing. (Another bonus is the bulgur – I’m a new fan).

  42. What’s up, after reading this awesome post i am too delighted to share my experience here with friends.

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