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Orange Scented Steel Cut Oats

This creamy bowl of Orange Scented Steel Cut Oats is the perfect way to start the day.

I planned on bestowing you with a lovely new muffin recipe this week; however, the muffins had other plans. They decided to be lazy and refused to rise. I think they had good intentions on rising but got half way there and decided to give up, sinking instead. I wouldn’t have minded so much if they hadn’t tasted so darn good, but that was not the case; they were popping with flavor. Such teases, those muffins.

There’s good news! I stumbled upon a new oatmeal recipe as I was preparing my weekly batch of steel-cut oats on Sunday. I love eating steel-cut oats for breakfast during the winter months; they’re warm and filling. I prepare a big batch and store it in the fridge until I’m ready to reheat it during the work week. I just scoop out what I need into a plastic travel container and warm in the microwave in the morning, then sprinkle with my favorite toppings. It makes for a satisfying breakfast on-the-go.

I prefer using steel-cut oats over old-fashioned oats for the very fact that steel-cut oats reheat well. Unlike old-fashioned oats, steel-cut oats don’t get gelatinous and gooey when reheated. They keep their integrity, and you’ll still get that lovely chewy bite from steel-cut oats even after reheating them.

I cooked the oats in a combination of vanilla soy milk and water. The vanilla soy milk provides a lovely burst of vanilla flavor that pairs perfectly with the orange zest/juice. If you don’t have vanilla soy milk on hand, feel free to use regular milk and stir in a teaspoon of vanilla extract when you take the oats off the heat.

Dish up a bowl of Orange Scented Steel Cut Oats with your choice or toppings: dried cranberries, nuts, seeds, honey, or maple syrup.

Orange Scented Steel Cut Oats

Yield: 3-4 servings

Total Time: 35 minutes

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes



  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup vanilla soy milk
  • 1 cup steel-cut oats
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 orange, zested and juiced
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar


  • dried cranberries
  • toasted pecans
  • toasted almonds
  • dried cherries


  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, bring water, soy milk, and salt to a simmer.
  2. Stir the oats into the simmering water/milk mixture. Reduce heat to medium-low and gently simmer until the mixture is thick.
  3. Continue to simmer, stirring occasionally so the mixture doesn’t form a film, until almost all the liquid is absorbed and the mixture is thick and creamy, about a total of 30 minutes.
  4. Take the oats off the heat and stir in orange zest, orange juice, and brown sugar (and a teaspoon of vanilla extract if you used regular milk or plain soy milk).
  5. Serve immediately with desired toppings or allow to cool slightly before ladling into an airtight container and storing in the refrigerator.
  6. To reheat: Spoon desired amount of oats into a microwave-safe bowl. Reheat in 30 second increments until hot. If the mixture is too thick, stir in a touch of milk to thin. Add desired toppings and serve.
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26 Responses to “Orange Scented Steel Cut Oats”

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    Becky — January 17, 2013 at 8:09 am

    I have oatmeal, but have yet to try the steel cut oats. Your steel cut oats look so good, that I must try them now. I’m off to Trader Joe’s this morning.


    • Jennie replied January 17th, 2013 at 7:56 pm

      Thanks, Becky. Let me know how you like them.


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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — January 17, 2013 at 11:44 am

    I love oatmeal and eat it almost everyday. But how cute is your bowl!! SWOON!


    • Jennie replied January 17th, 2013 at 7:55 pm

      Thanks, Anna! My grandmother bought the mugs for me at Marshall’s and Home Goods.


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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — January 17, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    I just got a huge bag of oranges and now I know exactly how I will use some of them. I’m in a citrus-state-of-mind recently! I love warm steel cut oats in the morning during these chilly months. :)


    • Jennie replied January 17th, 2013 at 7:54 pm

      I love citrus in the winter. It brightens up these dreary winter days. Thanks, Sally! Let me know how you like it.


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    CCU — January 17, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Oats have never looked so appetizing :)

    Choc Chip Uru


    • Jennie replied January 17th, 2013 at 7:53 pm

      Thanks, Uru!


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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — January 17, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Wow, you have no idea how badly I want a mug of this for breakfast!


    • Jennie replied January 17th, 2013 at 7:53 pm

      I have some in my fridge. Come on over!


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    Mom — January 17, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    This sounds yummy, I’m tired of cinnamon and nuts. And I’m going to serve it up in my pretty mugs to <3


    • Jennie replied January 17th, 2013 at 7:53 pm

      You go, Mom!


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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — January 17, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Let me share a tale of annoying people today.

    When filming my short film this past weekend, some of the obnoxious middle aged people (from Staten Island) were freaking out over the steel cut oatmeal on the menu at breakfast-as if they’d never heard of such a thing and it was ridiculous. They were like “WHAT? Does it taste like metal? I don’t get it!” in a very thick accent. I wanted to kill em. Esp. when they pointed to an organic item and said the only difference bw organic and non is that organic stuff doesn’t taste as good…..WHAAAA?!

    Sorry about my rant….I felt you’d understand :P


    • Jennie replied January 17th, 2013 at 7:53 pm

      Crazies! Does it taste like metal? That cracked me up. Seriously, what kind of question is that? I totally appreciate this tale, Kayle. Thanks for sharing. I got my laugh for the day.


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    Julia — January 17, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    mmm mmmm mmm mmm mmm! I looooves me some oatmeal and steel cut oats are so healthy and tasty! Love all the zesty flavors you’ve got going on in that bowl!


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    Shelby | Diabetic Foodie — January 18, 2013 at 11:50 am

    I haven’t yet mastered the cooking of steel-cut oats. Will definitely be trying your recipe!


    • Shelby | Diabetic Foodie replied January 21st, 2013 at 9:49 am

      I’ve had this for breakfast for the last two days. I used vanilla almond milk and left out the brown sugar. I also added some dried cherries about 10 minutes before the oatmeal was done to plump them up a little bit. Love the subtle orange flavor. Delish!


      • Jennie replied January 21st, 2013 at 2:11 pm

        I’m so glad you like it, Shelby! I liked it so much that I made another batch for the week.

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    Liz — January 18, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    You’ve made oatmeal look beautiful!!! Hubby is the oatmeal eater, and I’d love to get him hooked on steel cut oats. I prefer mine in cookies :)


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    shannon — January 19, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    YUM! i think steel-cut, orange-scented oats are a great substitute for a muffin; still warm, still delicious, so i’m okay with the switchout. I love the flavors in this!


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    Laura Dembowski — January 26, 2013 at 10:28 am

    I hate when recipes don’t work out, but this looks so yummy! It is a great idea to reheat it throughout the week. I nominated you for a Liebster Award! Please check out the details on my blog: :)



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