Maple & Brown Sugar Steel Cut Oatmeal and Griddle Cakes
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Note that the prep time doesn't include overnight chilling, as you have the option to eat the steel cut oatmeal right away ... and regardless, I don't count sleeping as prep time. Think of this as a wonderfully wholesome 'make ahead or not' recipe for your everyday menu.
Serves: 4 servings
  1. Heat the oil in a medium pot over medium heat. Add the oats and cook while stirring, until lightly toasted, about 2 to 3 minutes.*
  2. Add the water; it should quickly come to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low (or low if your burners tend to run hot, like mine), cover, and simmer, checking in to stir every 5 minutes, for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the oats are quite thick, but still creamy, and almost all of the liquid is absorbed.
  3. Stir in the maple, sugar, vanilla, and salt until well combined.
  4. Divide into bowls and serve with your favorite dairy-free milk beverage and toppings, or follow the Make Ahead instructions.**
For Make Ahead
  1. Pour the cooked oats into a greased 9x9-inch baking dish (you can use an 8x8-inch dish, the steel cut oatmeal griddle cakes will just be thicker, if making), and level out.
  2. Let the oats cool, cover, and refrigerate overnight.
  3. In the morning, cut the steel cut oatmeal into portions. These portions will keep in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days, or they can be frozen!
  4. To eat a bowl of steel cut oatmeal, heat a portion in a pan, adding as much dairy-free milk beverage as desired, while mashing the oats. In just a few minutes, you should have a creamy, hot bowl of maple & brown sugar steel cut oatmeal.
  5. To enjoy some griddle cakes, heat a little coconut oil or dairy-free buttery spread in a skillet over medium heat. Add a steel cut oatmeal portion or two and cook until lightly browned on both sides, about 3 to 4 minutes per side. Serve topped with nut butter, maple syrup, fresh fruit ... whatever you're in the mood for.
*Why toast the oats? Toasting the oats gives the steel cut oatmeal nice flavor and richness, but I also found that it helps to prevent sticking as your oats cook.
**Double down with leftovers. If you are enjoying a bowl of freshly cooked steel cut oatmeal, but can't finish it all, just follow the make ahead directions to preserve your leftovers for enjoyment throughout the week. You can use an 8x8-inch or smaller dish based on how much you have left.
Recipe by Go Dairy Free at