Steel Cut Oatmeal with Bananas & Cobbler Topping


Sorry I’ve been out of the loop lately! My internet is being ridiculous. Like it will work between the hours of 6 and 9 am. Does that work with my schedule? Uhh, no. Do they not know that I have a toddler who takes a nap between 1 and 3 pm?! The nerve! But, things seem to be back to normal for now {knock on wood!}, so for that I am thankful!

So, today I’m posting a surprisingly delicious breakfast. I did not have high hopes for this oatmeal when I was cooking it up, but I added some of my favorite things, worked my magic and turned it into something special. Like, ‘something I would feed company’ special. Seriously. It’s THAT good. And, I fed it to my sister-in-law and her family and they ALL ate it up. All 5 of them!

How can I portray the awesomeness that is this meal?

This oatmeal:

1. falls under the life altering realm.
2. is healthy {with a little butter on the side}.
3. is really easy to make…it just takes a little time.
4. is downright delicious.
5. is something I’ve eaten two days in a row and am about to make it three.
6. has brown sugar, vanilla, maple syrup, cinnamon, walnuts, and that delicious cobbler topping all going for it. {Take a moment and think about all those flavors in your mouth….amazing!}
7. is downright delicious.
8. is inexpensive.

Did that convince you?


{Pop quiz: how do you know what grains are really good for you and which ones aren’t? You can always read the nutrition label, but I think something easier to go by is the cooking time. The longer it takes to cook, the less processed it is, the more nutrients it has. A good example would be white rice versus brown rice. White rice can cook in 20 minutes or so whereas brown rice is closer to 45 minutes. Both are good sources of carbs, but the brown rice is the healthier, more nutrient packed option. Other awesome grains that I happen to love are quinoa, barley and farro. If these are new to you, I’d recommend checking them out! They take a little more time to cook, but that just means they are better for you! They are inexpensive, packed full of vitamins and minerals and taste delicious!}

If you make this over the weekend, you will not be sorry! I promise! 🙂

Happy weekend!

Steel Cut Oatmeal with Bananas & Cobbler Topping
yield: 2 servings
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for the Oatmeal-
1 teaspoon butter
1/2 cup steel cut oats
1 1/2 cups water
pinch salt
1/2 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

for the Cobbler Topping-
1 tablespoon butter, melted
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons rolled oats
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts

1 banana, sliced
maple syrup {optional}


In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in steel cut oats, coat in butter and toast lightly about 2 minutes. Stir in water and salt. Bring to boil and then reduce to simmer lightly for 20 minutes, covered. Stir milk into oatmeal, cover and cook another 10-15 minutes or until oats are cooked completely. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and cinnamon. Divide between two bowls.

For the cobbler topping, stir all ingredients together until combined and divide into two equal portions. Top each bowl with prepared topping, bananas and maple syrup. Serve warm.


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  1. I am a complete sucker for fancy oats. I’ve been thinking of trying to make a cobbler-like oatmeal, but you’ve done it for me! 🙂 Thanks!!

  2. This is the perfect breakfast idea. Yum!

    • I fed this to 4 kids and all of them cleaned out their bowls with one of them saying “this is delicious!”

  3. Lauren, I just finally tried steel cut oats. They are so easy to make in a crock pot as well. You do it as a water bath and let it cook all night and in the morning yum. Fresh blueberries and a little cream and sugar and you have yourself the best breakfast ever. I am going to try yours as well. Thanks.

    • Aren’t they delicious! I’ve always been skeptical of them for some reason and I tried them once and now I’m hooked! I’ll have to try them in a crock pot! That’s even easier!

  4. Seriously everything about this sounds amazing! I cannot wait to try this – talk about upping the ante on basic oatmeal!

  5. I would love this! It’s definitely one yummy bowl of goodness! 🙂 I’m not surprised your sister-in-law and her family ate it all up! 🙂

  6. Hi Lauren, we are huge oatmeal fans! My kids ask for it all the time for breakfast. I’ll make steel cut oats in the winter months and old fashioned oats in the summer time. We sure love adding fresh fruit and nut toppings. I bet this smelled awesome!

  7. Oh my…I’m addicted to oatmeal, and it’s possible I could love you forever for this one! It’s so deceiving: it looks like it would be super rich, but the ingredients are actually pretty good!! I can’t wait to try it!!

  8. Yum…just ate it for dinner! I’d seen the recipe on Tasty Kitchen and could not get it out of my mind! Thanks 🙂

  9. So good! I used different mix-ins but I loved the contrast of the texture and temperature that the cobbler topping brings.

  10. I loved this. I used regular oats as I didn’t have steel cut and omitted the walnuts (ditto). The topping was outstanding esp. w/ the bananas. I did add a pinch of salt.

  11. This is one of the best oatmeal recipes of all time. It’s a family favorite here. Sometimes I consider just making the cobbler topping and eating that – oh wait, did I say that out loud?

    • Stacy. how would this recipe change if one used organic rolled outs instead of steel cut oats? Just the cooking time? I MISS YOUR BLOG 😉



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