Ultra-nutritious Steel cut oatmeal breakfast

Our family’s traditional oatmeal recipe is not only ultra-nutritious, it has no added sugar, is great for weight-loss and is enriched with the best flavors of sweet-spice aromatic qualities of nutmeg, cinnamon and more.

My husband started making this as a healthy breakfast alternative for us . Yes, it is easy enough for your husband to make it, I am fortunate that my hubby knows how to cook every dish and enjoys cooking for his family as and when time permits .


Oatmeal : The King of breakfast table

Oatmeal or rather Oats show up in different forms on the breakfast table at home and at restaurants in muffins, pancakes, granola bars and much more.

You must have consumed oats in the form of either instant oats, rolled oats or steel cut oats and might be wondering which one is better and why ?

It all depends on how much the Oat groat has been processed.

Instant oats have the least cook time and it has become a choice for very many people .Just because it is instant or quick oats does not mean it is a healthy choice.

Rolled oats are usually used in baked goods like muffins, granola bars etc and take a little longer to cook than Instant oats.

STEEL CUT OATS take the longest to cook and have a more textured flavor. Basically , these are the healthiest of all the oats since the oat groats do not undergo intense processing , instead the oat groats are just cut into 2-3 pieces unlike rolled and instant oats that undergo steaming and rolling process for easy cooking.

In my nutrition plan for my clients , instant oatmeal  is a NO-NO . You don’t need the added sugar and sodium . Steel-cut oats would be a great option. Oats fall under the gluten-free category but they are not grain-free. The outer husk in steel-cut oats adds that extra fiber you might need for your daily fiber intake.

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Ultra-nutritious Steel cut oatmeal breakfast
Prep Time 5 min
Cook Time 15 min
Passive Time 10 min
Prep Time 5 min
Cook Time 15 min
Passive Time 10 min
  1. I made oatmeal in my instant pot... easy and fun. Featured in the image is Steel cut oats from Trader's Joe. I also like to use a high quality unsweetened Almond milk from an organic store, but you have a choice to use what is available for you. Just make sure it does not have carrageenan, xanthum gum , it just might be too processed. ( just a health tip )
  2. I added nuts and seeds to my oatmeal for extra health benefits. Don't try to avoid nuts and seeds thinking they are high in fat and calories. They are actually good for you in moderation. Don't overdo on them either. A handful of them is enough to give you the vitamins, immune-boosting minerals and healthy fats that are good for your brain as well.
  3. Add your Steel cut oats, water, almond milk, nuts and seeds , banana, cinnamon, nutmeg powder and vanilla extract and set your instant pot for 15 min. Nutmeg adds a special slightly sweet flavor along with its additional benefits of improving brain health, detoxification, blood pressure and more. Cinnamon is our wonder spice used widely in India as well. It helps in arthritis, osteoporosis, blood sugar control, weight loss and much more.
  4. And it is ready.. don't go by its looks.. It is actually filling and delicious. I did not add any brown sugar to it. Personally prefer low sugar. The sugar from the banana made it sweet enough for me. Also, when you add berries on top or any added fruits it adds to the sweetness.
  5. Yumm.. Berries have the least amount of sugar and I feel they taste so fresh and amazing . Load up your oatmeal with more antioxidants . Add honey to your oatmeal if you want it sweeter.
Recipe Notes


  • Stir together Steel-cut oats, water , almond milk and other ingredients listed
  • Cook on high for 15 min
  • Follow it by natural pressure release for 10 min
  • Remove lid and stir the oatmeal
  • Let it cool for 5 min
  • Add the fruit topping of your choice
  • Enjoy this fiber and antioxidant rich breakfast

*This recipe is for Steel cut oats only. Don't use Instant oats or rolled oats by mistake. *

If using a SLOW COOKER , the same recipe would take 4-6 hours in slow cooking mode.

Refrigerate the Oats, re-heat and eat , easy, simple and delicious breakfast for busy people ...

Enjoy ..


  1. This looks like a great recipe! I am going to have to give this a try. I have always heard that you should soak your grains first to make it more digestible, especially the steel cut oat. Do you happen to know if cooking them in the instant pot can remove that step? I know that it can with rice so I”m assuming it may be the same with the oats.

    • Heidi, you could soak steel cut oats overnight or for 3-4 hours before cooking but for this recipe I did not soak them. Soaking them will help you cook it faster but as far as digestibility , with slow cooker and instant pot it works fine either way.

  2. I am a great fan of oatmeal. And yes you reminded me of the nutritious steel cut oats – it tastes so delicious and has that crunch lets me know the fibre in it. I love it with the organic almond milk. This is a really healthy and tasty breakfast. And you’re right you can get your sugar from the banana and the fruits, no need for added sugar. Great recommendation!

    • Dwyan, Yes, that is the reason I did not add any extra sugar …fruits have more than enough sugar to satisfy a sweet tooth 🙂
      Glad you are a fan of steel cut oats as well.

  3. Great poat Dini! We are big fans of soaking and even sprouting grains in our house, but it is really easy to forget about steel cut oats. All the other oatmeal is so quick and easy, i think people dont really know the benefits are not the same….

  4. Thank you for the healthy info and recipe. I did not know about steel-cut 0ats, but i will check for them in my supermarket. I enjoy oats as my breakfast several times a week and find them quite filling. I will try them this way and experience the difference. Thanks again.

  5. That is some great nutritional info on which oats are best to eat. When I first discovered oats, I began with rolled oats, but I soon found steel cut. I prefer the texture way more, and I make oatmeal all the time. I’ve been thinking to get an instant pot as well, there’s just so many things you can cook in them. I never thought you could use it for oatmeal, what a great idea! I see your recipe is plant-based/vegan, do you often cook plant-based/vegan meals? My own site is all about a healthy vegan diet.

    • Suha, thanks for your comment. Glad you like steel cut oats too. Yes, I am a vegetarian myself and 99%vegan hence most of my recipes are plant based. Will check out your site as well.

  6. Of course, I also published the post with oatmeal, that more important nutrition food, It is useful foods for diabetes patient also. I mentioned that. You make oat meal with different measurements, I don’t don’t know flavor of it, But I think your explanation is very good, while I am reading this, I want to make and try to eat. Thanks for you, to introduce very delicious food for us.

    • Thanks Samantha, there are different ways to make oatmeal and everyone likes different consistency too, There is no one right way.. All varieties should be good.
      Appreciate you commenting.

  7. Wow that recipe looks delicious! I had always heard that steel-cut oats were the healthier choice but I never actually knew why exactly until reading this article. I’ll definitely give them a try on my next high-carb day. Thanks for sharing!

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