Prep 5m Cook 40m Additional - Ready In 45m
Servings 8 servings Calories 261.6

I love instant oatmeal ‘raisins and spice’ flavor, but I wanted better oats, so this is my own twist. This recipe is not ‘quick,’ but if you make this large amount, you can refrigerate in small storage containers for a quick and easy snack or meal. This oatmeal taste great hot but even tastes good cold when you are on the go.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 8 cups water
  • 2 cups steel-cut oats
  • 1 dash salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup dried cranberries

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Bring water to a boil in a large pot. Stir oats into boiling water and cook at a boil until the mixture begins to thicken, about 5 minutes. Season oats mixture with salt; stir.
  2. 2 Reduce heat to low and simmer oats until beginning to soften, about 20 minutes.
  3. 3 Stir milk, brown sugar, melted butter, and cinnamon together in a bowl with a whisk until smooth; stir into the oats mixture. Continue cooking the oats until tender, 10 to 15 minutes more.
  4. 4 Stir cranberries into the oatmeal to distribute throughout the mixture; cook just until the berries are warmed, 2 to 3 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 261.6
  • Carbohydrate 50 g
  • Cholesterol 6.9 mg
  • Fat 4.9 g
  • Fiber 4.9 g
  • Protein 6 g
  • Saturated Fat 2 g
  • Sodium 80.6 mg
  • Sugar 21 g


  1. Made exactly as instructed though used my slow cooker because I had the time. Cooked on low for about four hours stirring every hour. Delicious!
  2. Good starter recipe. I toasted the oats in the 1 tbsp butter before anything else. I ended up using a lot more salt than 1 pinch but I didn't measure. Used half and half in place of milk. Added 1 tsp vanilla. Only used 1/4 cup sugar but I also threw some maple syrup in - Read more ...
  3. This is definitely one of the best oatmeal recipes I have ever made and eaten. I make it a lot and it is now my go to recipe for steel cut oats. I do substitute soy milk for the milk and Canadian maple syrup for the brown sugar and add walnuts sometimes.
  4. I added a tablespoon more sugar and a tsp of vanilla just bc I like vanilla. Great recipe. Easy to follow.
  5. Very good starter recipe for me but I added raisins instead of cranberries, 2tsp vanilla, an extra 2tsp of cinnamon, extra 1tb butter & 1/4c of brown sugar. Soooo good!
  6. So good! I'm not a fan of oatmeal in general but wanted to try steel cut oats and found this recipe. I only made 4 servings but added 1 tablespoon butter 1 teaspoon cinnamon (we're big cinnamon fans) and 1/4 cup brown sugar. Oh my! So yummy! I added some toasted slivered almonds to the - Read more ...
  7. This was excellent!! It was my first attempt at making steel cut oats. I did omit the dried cranberries as I don't particularly care for them. The recipe and times are spot on! I divided the portions into 8 1cup containers and froze for future use. Thanks for a great recipe!!
  8. This was absolutely delicious. My whole family LOVED it - even my one year old. I did add an extra TBSP of brown sugar but otherwise made it as directed. So yummy!!
  9. Great flavor stick to your ribs healthy breakfast for anytime of day. I chose to omit the butter and sugar as I cooked this to accommodate my dieting daughter so those who wanted them added them on top. This is comfort food! Thanks!

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