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5 Breakfasts in 5 Minutes with Steel Cut Oats

Photo credit: Kelli Foster
If you’re wondering what to tote to someone who is under the weather or perhaps that new mom and her family, here‘s a great suggestion. Steel cut oats aka pinhead oats are delicious, and nourishing. I found these oatmeal recipes on thekitchn’s website, a really comprehensive, easy to follow site.
I’m making a batch for myself, since I have leftover pinhead/steel cut oats from making goetta.
(Tip from Rita: Steel cut oats are also called pinhead oats. They are nutritious and good for boosting breast milk production.)


1 2/3 cups steel-cut oats
4 cups water
1/4 teaspoon salt

Optional Mix-Ins

Milk or soy milk
Cinnamon or other spices
Raisins or other dried fruit
Fresh berries
Nuts or seeds


5 pint-sized Mason jars with lids (Weck jars are pictured above)
Large saucepan


  1. Collect your jars and other equipment. I like pint-sized jars for this, as they allow a little more room for adding nuts, raisins, and milk later. But you can also use half-pint jars.
  2. Cook the oats for 3 minutes: Bring the oats, water, and salt to a boil. Simmer for about 3 minutes then turn off the heat.
  3. Let the jars stand at room temperature, then refrigerate: Divide the oatmeal among the jars. Let stand, uncovered, at room temperature for about an hour or until cool to the touch, then cap and refrigerate.
  4. Reheat the oatmeal in the microwave: Take the cap off one jar and stir up the oatmeal inside. Microwave for 2 to 3 minutes, or until quite hot. Add milk, raisins, or other mix-ins.

Recipe Notes

  • You can also add your raisins, cinnamon, or other mix-ins to the rest of the jars before putting them away in the refrigerator. Then all you have to do is grab one and go on your way out the door.





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