ShortCut Method: Microwave Steel Cut Oatmeal

Most days, I eat oatmeal for breakfast and since I am not a ‘morning person’,  it has to be easy.   Now comes the dilemna…..I prefer the chewy texture of  steel cut oatmeal  and it takes 30 minutes on the stovetop.    So I used to make a pot at least once a week and then heat up single servings in the microwave.    Wait….oatmeal works great in the microwave… now I make a large bowl in the microwave in 10 minutes.  There is one trick:  the bowl has to be big enough so the oatmeal doesn’t boil over or you’ll have a sticky mess in the microwave.   

Adding different flavors and textures to oatmeal is really easy & you can use whatever is on hand.   Typically my base recipe includes a cinnamon stick, raisins and maple syrup.    But I have also used cranberries, dried cherries, figs, or any dried fruit.  In fall I usually use pumpkin pie spice or chai spices.   This week I was on a chocolate kick, so I added cocoa powder to the base recipe.  Now that is a great way to start the day !!

Each morning I fill a coffee mug with oatmeal from the fridge & stir in a bit of water or soy milk.  Before I microwave it for 1 minute, it is flavor creation time.   Add frozen blueberries, mango or peaches and then top with slivered almonds, pumpkin seed or any nut you like.  After it is heated, I have added coconut or a sprinkle of granola for crunch and sometimes peanut butter.   You can try cran-apple, apple-caramel or banana-nut.   In an exotic mood, add fresh berries & white or dark chocolate chips.   Want to go extra healthy, add a tablespoon of flax meal.    Go crazy & create your own favorite flavors.   It can make breakfast fun as well as easy.


1 part steel cut oats

4 parts water

cinnamon or other spices, maple syrup or dried fruit as desired

Combine all ingredients in a large, microwave safe bowl that is at least twice the volume of the amount of water,  e.g. if using 2 cups water you need a 4-5 cup bowl.   

Microwave on high for 10 minutes.   If you want drier oats, microwave an additional 1-2 minutes.  Store leftovers in fridge, reheat  in microwave for 1 minute.    NOTE:  If your microwave allows you to alter the power level, use less than ‘high’ to reduce possibility of boiling over.


About Pat Thomas

I love what food brings to our lives other than the needed nutrition. I share all my foodie experiments with friends & family. Thankfully they are usually delighted but always kind with whatever I've cooked up.
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1 Response to ShortCut Method: Microwave Steel Cut Oatmeal

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