Cinnamon Date Steel Cut Oats

Are you an oatmeal fan?

I sure am. Especially in the fall and winter months when the weather becomes brisk and I want something cozy and satisfying to start the day.

This oatmeal is extra special because it’s made with chopped dates, apples, cinnamon and vanilla so it’s extra delicious. The recipe calls for steel cut oats, but if you have old-fashioned rolled or quick cooking oats, those will work as well! Simply follow the package directions for cooking them.

I am often asked if steel cut oats are more nutritious than old-fashioned rolled oats and if either of those options are more nutritious than quick cooking oats. And the answer is: they’re all equally nutritious!

Oats of any sort are packed with soluble fiber, which can help maintain healthy blood cholesterol levels or help reduce blood cholesterol levels.

Plus, they’re a vessel for other nutritious ingredients, like fruit, spices and nuts!

You can even make savory oats and put a nutrient-packed egg on top.

Basically the moral of the story is: oats are nutritious and a great option for breakfast!

You can even make them ahead of time and reheat them during the week. Now that’s what I call fast food!

Now tell me – how do you like your oats?

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Cinnamon Date Steel Cut Oats

  • Author: Julie Andrews
  • Prep Time: 5-10 mins
  • Cook Time: 25-30 mins
  • Total Time: 30-40 mins
  • Yield: Serves 6 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stove-Top
  • Cuisine: American


Simple steel cut oats with honeycrisp apples, chopped dates, vanilla, cinnamon and pecans.


  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 3 cups water or milk
  • 1 medium honeycrisp apple, cored and diced (skins on)
  • 8 pitted Medjool dates, diced
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar or maple syrup
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts or pecans


  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a large saucepan and bring to a low boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook until the oats are soft, about 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the brown sugar or maple syrup.
  2. Spoon oatmeal into bowls and top with walnuts or pecans.


Substitution Tip: You can swap in old-fashioned oats or quick oats. Simply read the package directions to determine ratio of water to oats and cook according to package directions. Add the other ingredients as indicated in the recipe.


  • Serving Size: 1/6 of recipe
  • Calories: 247
  • Sugar: 27g
  • Sodium: 52mg
  • Fat: 5g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 4g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 49g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: oatmeal, oats, steel cut oats, breakfast, brunch, vegetarian