Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal

4.94 from 263 votes

Hands-free yummy Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal prepared in the oven - perfect for entertaining guests at breakfast or meal prepping breakfast for the week!

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This baked steel cut oatmeal is a great healthy hot breakfast that’s easy to make. High in fiber and low in sugar, this breakfast will keep you feeling full until lunch. Great for meal prep and an endless amount of options for healthy toppings. Find out how to cook steal cut oats in the oven for a fuss free breakfast.

Slice cut from baked steel cut oatmeal topped with pecans
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Steel cut oats usually require 15-20 minutes cooking on the stovetop. Check out my tutorial on how to make steel cut oatmeal on the stovetop. But if you’d rather not stand by the stovetop the whole time, the oven method is a great hands-off appraoch!

This is great when you have guests coming over in the morning and want to serve something warm without doing last minute cooking! The baked steel cut oatmeal does take a little longer in the oven than over the stovetop or microwave. But it works so well for a big batch of oats. And you can just set it and forget it.

How to cook baked steel cut oatmeal

  • Start by mashing a banana.
  • Adding the wet ingredients on top of the mashed banana.
  • Add the steel cut oats and the cinnamon.
  • Stir to combine.
Process shots to show how to mix the oat batter
  • Transfer the mixture to a baking pan. It helps to spray the baking pan with cooking spray, but it’s not necessary. Place it in the oven with a foil loosely covering it for 30 minutes.
Mixture in a baking pan before baking
  • After 30 minutes, remove the steel cut oatmeal from the oven, remove the foil and sprinkle pecans on top. You can use other nuts instead or leave them out all together. Return to the oven to cook until it’s golden brown and set.
Mixture in baking pan halfway through cooking

So now you’ve teased your guests with the sweet smell from the oven and you’ve kept your stovetop and pots clean in the process. Then it’s ready to be served. You’ll notice that it gets thicker as it settles. You can wait until it’s set to serve as oatmeal squares or you can serve it immediately with a splash of milk – oatmeal style.

Baked steel cut oatmeal after baking

Tips for making baked steel cut oatmeal

  1. Make it more hearty by using two eggs instead of flaxseed. The eggs will help the oatmeal bind better and will give it more protein. I like keeping it vegan and using the ground flaxseed though instead.
  2. Tent the baking pan with foil the first half hour of cooking. This really helps to cook the steel cut oats without browning the top of the oatmeal. Otherwise, it will start to bubble and brown the top too quickly.
  3. Double or triple the recipe. Just remember to use 2 parts liquid to steel cut oats, and you can easily multiply the recipe for a bigger crowd.

Frequently asked questions

Can I use rolled oats instead of steel cut oats?

Because of the different composition of rolled oats and steel cut oats, the ratio of liquid to oats is different and the baking time will vary. Try one of these other recipes that use rolled oats instead
Banana Baked Oatmeal
Blueberry Baked Oatmeal

How do you cook steal cut oats?

Steel cut oats can be cooked with milk or water on both the stovetop and in the oven. I much prefer baking it – no stirring involved!

How do you make baked steel cut oatmeal taste good?

This oatmeal is really tasty! I’t’s baked with mashed banana for a natural sweetness and vanilla and cinnamon add to the flavor so it’s not bland. You can add so many toppings to the baked oatmeal, I like to switch it up each morning with different berries, nuts and seeds.

Is steel cut oatmeal healthy?

Oatmeal is a great option for a healthy and filling breakfast. They are a gluten-free grain and are a great source of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. They are high in fiber so it will help you to stop reaching for mid morning snacks. Eating oats at breakfast has many health benefits, including, lowering blood sugar, weight loss and management and a reduced risk of heart disease.

Slice of oatmeal served on plate topped with bananas and maple syrup

This baked steel cut oatmeal recipes is the perfect stress-free healthy hot breakfast to serve your guests or even your family. This also works well for meal prepping breakfast because you can divide the baked oatmeal into containers and just reheat in the morning. These tender tasty steel cut oats with are a huge hit with everyone!

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Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal

Hands-free yummy Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal prepared in the oven – perfect for entertaining guests at breakfast or meal prepping breakfast for the week!
4.9 from 263 votes
Servings 6 servings
Course Breakfast
Calories 355
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
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  • Preheat oven to 375ºF. Lightly coat an 9 x 9 baking dish or 8 x 11 baking pan with cooking spray.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the banana, almond milk, ground flaxseed, maple syrup, coconut oil and vanilla extract until well combined. Add the steel cut oats, cinnamon and salt and stir to combine.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Cover the pan loosely with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover the pan and add the pecans on top. Bake an additional 30 minutes until golden brown (55-60 minutes total).
  • Serve hot, scooped into bowls, or let cool for 10 minutes and cut into squares.


Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last about 5 days in the fridge. Reheat in the microwave for 1 minute with a splash of water or milk to loosen the thickened oats.
Substitutes: For best results, follow the recipe as is. However here are some common substitutes that would work well in this recipe.
  • Instead of almond milk, you can use any other plant-based milk or regular milk or even water.
  • Instead of maple syrup, you can use honey or any other sweetener.
  • Instead of banana, you can use another fruit puree or leave it out all together.
  • Instead of ground flaxseed, you can use 2 tablespoons chia seeds or 2 eggs.
  • Instead of coconut oil, you can use another oil or fat or leave it out since you’re using the mashed bananas.


Calories: 355kcal, Carbohydrates: 47g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Sodium: 359mg, Potassium: 224mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 13g, Vitamin A: 25IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 198mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

Cuisine American
Course: Breakfast

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  1. Tara says:

    Love love love this! Wanted to grab a spoon and eat it right out of the pan!

    1. Yumna says:

      Ha! So happy you enjoyed it!

  2. Alexa says:

    Do you think this recipe would still work without the sugar, just not be as sweet? Or is it important for the composition?

    1. Yumna says:

      hi there, yes, the sugar does impact the texture, but you could test reducing it a bit to suit your preferences.

  3. Debbie says:

    Can this recipe be frozen after baking?

    1. Yumna says:

      Hi there, I have not tried freezing these so I can’t speak to how they would turn out stored in there. However, you can store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last about 5 days in the fridge. Reheat in the microwave for 1 minute with a splash of water or milk to loosen the thickened oats.

  4. Haidy says:

    It’s perfect 🤩 I tried so many ways for baked steel cut oats and never liked them. Thank you Yumna for this one!!!!

    1. Yumna J. says:

      You’re so welcome!! Glad to hear you liked it!

  5. Becky says:

    I am an avid steel cut oats fan, but wanted a quick recipe that would cook without needing to be watched. These were perfect!! I doubled the recipe and everything turned out beautifully. I have breakfast for the week and can add in different toppings each morning. I did use cashew milk vs almond milk and put in my protein powder. Thank you!

    1. Yumna says:

      Thanks for letting me know about the additions you made, sounds like a great way to get an extra protein boost in the morning. Glad you like the recipe!

  6. Anna says:

    Fantastic! It was my first time baking steel cut oats and I absolutely loved it! Next time I will add more cinnamon. Otherwise it’s perfect 😍

    1. Yumna says:

      So happy you liked it, these make such a hearty and warming breakfast!

  7. Phyllis says:

    This was delicious and i am am adding apple compote and cottage cheese for breaky tomorrow.Can’t wait.Thanks for the recipe Yumna.

    1. Yumna J. says:

      You’re so welcome, Phyllis!

  8. C. Dazey says:

    Unfortunately, these took almost two hours to cook and were still not set. I think the proportion of almond milk to oats may be off.

    1. Yumna J. says:

      Oh no! I am sorry to hear that the recipe didn’t turn out as expected for you. Maybe my oven runs a hotter, I will take a look and reevaluate the cooking time. Thank you for your feedback!

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