Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal

4.94 from 156 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

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 156 votes
Servings 6 servings
Course Breakfast
Calories 355
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins

Ingredients
  

Instructions

  • 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 25-30 minutes until golden brown (55-60 minutes total).
  • Serve hot, scooped into bowls, or let cool for 10 minutes and cut into squares.

Notes

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.

Nutrition

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.

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Slice cut from baked steel cut oatmeal topped with pecans

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  1. I made this for breakfast this morning and it was great, served it with fresh fruit. My husband like it too. We are definitely going to make this again. I used regular milk for almond milk. Olive oil in place of coconut oil and 2 eggs instead of flaxseed. Yummy!!! I’m so glad I found this site. I’m definitely going to try some of the other recipes. Love the videos.

    1. That’s amazing! I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed it. Thank you! Let me know what you think of the other recipes too.

  2. So glad I found this! Better way to use up overripe bananas than bread and just as simple. 🙂

    I left out the nuts and oil, added 2 cups wild blueberries, and doubled the cinnamon. So delicious.

    This is going in the rotation. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Recently found this recipe and quickly tried it out….wow!! Everyone in my house loves this so much that I frequently whip up a batch at night and pop in the oven when I get up. Hubby and kids love waking up to that yummy smell! Thanks for this 🏆

    Also, I really splurge once in awhile and use 2 cups milk and 1 cup cream…omg it’s like custard and oatmeal for breakfast. Also made in a 9×13 pan a cut the leftover into squares and ate them cold 😊

    1. That makes me so happy to hear! It’s definitely a wonderful smell to wake up to. Sounds delicious!

  4. I mixed this up last night & baked it today. I followed all the ingredients except I subbed 2/3c applesauce for the banana (based on a prior comment about subbing pumpkin). At 30 min I stirred the pan to redistribute the oats & removed the cover. It was still quite liquidy at the hour mark so I stirred again and baked for another 25-30 min. It was still a bit wet & bubbly but firmed up more after about 15 min resting on stove. Next time if I use apple sauce I might decrease milk by 1/2c. I’m also wondering if it might be possible to cook in instant pot & set it to come on early in the morning. Flavor was great! I might decrease maple syrup by 1-2 Tbsp for my taste. Thank you so much for sharing your creation.

    1. That’s a good call with the milk! So glad you enjoyed. Check out my Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats recipe!

    2. I used 1 1/2 cups mashed sweet potato instead of 2 mashed bananas. I added 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice in addition to the 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. I used chopped walnuts instead of pecans. I also added raisins. I was delighted with the outcome!

    1. Because of the different composition, the ratio of liquid to oats is different and the baking time will vary. Try my Banana Baked Oatmeal or Blueberry Baked Oatmeal recipe instead!

  5. I made this recipe this morning and it turned out great…eventually! I doubled the recipe, cooked in a 9×13 pan but I couldn’t put the nuts on after 30 minutes. They went on after an hour and I had to cook it for about 90 minutes total to get mine to look like the picture. It’s not too sweet and reminds me of a really soft banana bread. So good! I can’t make this on a busy weekday morning (as I did today) but I will make it in advance and heat it up for the busy weekday. Thanks for the recipe!

  6. Hi! Wheat can i substitute for the flaxseeds? I am allergic to them. Can i use Chiai seeds or hemp hearts instead?

  7. I just want to let you know I made your delish square oats
    It’s sooo good
    I added a bit of maple sirup hemps and grounded flex seed
    Thank you lovely Yumna 😘🤗

  8. I love this recipe!!!! We always have bananas to use up…voila! I just used a covered casserole rather than foil for the first half of the baking. Also used walnuts! THIS IS A KEEPER!

  9. Can you prep this the night before and keep covered in the fridge before baking? How much would this reduce cooking time?

    1. I would recommend baking it and storing any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last about 5 days in the fridge, and you can reheat in the microwave for 1 minute with a splash of water or milk to loosen the thickened oats.

    1. Instead of maple syrup, you can use honey or any other sweetener. I like the texture better with a liquid sweetener, but it will also work with other sweeteners.

    1. Thank you! I haven’t tried hard-baking this oatmeal recipe, so I’m not sure. I’d recommend checking in on it every additional 10 minutes until it has reached the texture of your liking.

  10. Followed the recipe as directed but did not turn out anything like the picture shows. Waste of my ingredients and time unfortunately. Very disappointed.

    1. I’m so sorry. Could you please talk me through what went wrong, so I can help pinpoint what went wrong? Is it possible you used rolled oats instead of steel cut oats?

    2. I used pumpkin left from an Easter cheesecake. At the 30 minute mark taking off the foil, it does not look like it is cooking at all.

      1. It may take a while, as the additional 25-30 minutes is needed to fully cook the oatmeal and get that golden brown.

    1. For best results, follow the recipe as is. However, instead of banana, you can use another fruit puree or leave it out all together.

  11. Thank you for this recipe! For the “Uncover the pan and add the pecans on top. Bake an additional 25-30 minutes until golden brown (55-60 minutes total).” – do you re-cover loosely with foil for the additional 25-30 minutes?

  12. Delicious! I made this with oat milk, honey instead of maple syrup ( my friend has honey bees!) and used the 2 egg option. Instead of adding pecans for the last half hour, I added a sprinkling of raw sunflower seeds and raisins. Cooked for allotted time but left it in the oven, with the oven off, for about another 15 minutes. I’ve been eating it with plain Greek yogurt with a drizzle of maple syrup on the yogurt. I’ve now given this recipe to six of my friends!

  13. Made this recipe for breakfast for the week and was so excited to eat breakfast every morning. It was so delicious and smelled amazing!!

  14. Very tasty recipe and quick to prepare! My kids were getting tired of eating traditional oatmeal in the morning and this was a great way to make oatmeal that my kids loved! Definitely will be making again!

  15. I made this recipe instantly and it was super easy and so yummy to make! I am no baker but this recipe was so easy to follow and my whole family is obsessed! Thank you Yumna xo

  16. Love your page! I just made your steel cut oats and they were so good I couldn’t get a picture before the family dove in.

  17. I followed the recipe but added a bit of Greek yogourt and substituted the flaxseed with 2 eggs. After an hour in the oven, the top is still very wet (pecans are floating). What did I do wrong? Is it the 1/4 cup of yogourt I added?

    1. Most likely! If you add Greek yogurt, you should cut down on the mashed banana, so it doesn’t turn out watery.

  18. The bottom of the pan was mostly oats and the top a spongy mixture. Still good but don’t understand why they sunk to the bottom.

  19. I made this per the recipe last night to have for breakfast today and I couldn’t be happier with the finished product! This was my first experience with baked oatmeal and I was not disappointed. I plan to keep this recipe in my regular rotation. Thank for such a wonderful recipe! 10/10

  20. Hi, I am excited to try this tomorrow for breakfast. If i want to make half the recipe, will the baking time differ ? Also can i skip the banana ? I dont have any in hand. Should i substitute with anything else ? Thanks !

    1. Hi Priya – Sorry for the late response. If you make half the recipe, it will depend on how deep the pan you use is. But it will still need at least 45 minutes in the oven. I would check it at that point and see if the liquid is absorbed and the oats are tender. Also, you can skip the banana, but it may not be as sturdy that way. You can substitute with an egg to help it bind or another fruit puree like applesauce if you’d like.

    1. What happened to the other steel cut oats recipe that was topped with almonds and chocolate? I had saved that one to my phone, only for this one to replace it. Can you please post it again?

      1. This is still pretty much the same recipe with less milk so it’s more solid after baking. You can still add more liquid to this or you can add more milk after it finishes baking. Please let me know if I can help trouble shoot at all!!

  21. Bought some steel cut oats to switch things up and I’m so happy I found this recipe. ill definitely repeat.
    Thanks

  22. Hi there! I’m super eager to try this recipe! I was wondering if there was a replacement for the flax?

  23. Can I use rolled oats instead of steel cut oats? How much would I need to change the baking time? Thanks!

  24. If I substitute vanilla Greek yogurt for my binder instead of the mashed bananas, how much do you think I should use?

  25. This didn’t work for me. The oats sat on the bottom of the pan and didn’t really cook or soften. I will still to the stove top method.

      1. I just made this for the first time and after an hour and 20 minutes in the oven, I have soggy weird almond milk custard like stuff on top of a layer of sort of cooked oats. Followed the recipe exactly. Not sure what the issue could be. When you ask the first commenter if she stirred them, are you saying she should have stirred them or implying that she did and caused the issue?

        1. I asked that question to the other commenter because stirring it can help to redistribute everything, although I never stir mine. Are you sure you used steel cut oats and not rolled oats? Steel cut oats need a lot more liquid to cook compared to rolled oats or old fashioned or quick oats. I’m trying to think what else could have gone wrong. But I will make a video for this recipe to help out as well!

  26. I made this for me and hubby. I’ve NEVER liked steel cut oats but after making this and tweaking it a bit, I’ve made it twice in 5 days. I carmalized Granny Smith apples in brown sugar and cinnamon, topped off with honey Greek yogurt, black Zante currants and blueberries. (Hubby likes a few vanilla wafers in his) Mmmm, mmmm, mmm! Thanks for the recipe.

  27. It was so delicious! Loved the texture of the steel cut oats. Will definitely make again for sure, thanks again Yumna! ??❤️✨

  28. I was using the recipe on Coach’s Oats, but was unhappy with the texture. Your recipe solved the problem…not enough liquid! I also found I could use straight water (out of plant milk currently) and it was still perfect. Thank you Yumni!

    1. So glad to hear that! And I actually prefer making oatmeal just with water because it will last longer and then you can always add a splash of milk before eating. So glad you liked this!

    1. No, it wouldn’t, but you would need a deep baking dish for it because this amount works for the 9×13 baking dish and fills it up about 75% full.

  29. I’ve made this twice now in two weeks, it’s the only oatmeal recipe I’ve ever been able to finish (I hate the mushiness of all other oatmeal besides steel cut apparently).

  30. Hi Yumna,
    Thanks for such a detailed recipe. You also answered many questions that pop up. I am surely trying this for breakfast and will revert with pictures and a feedback. I love one pot gluten free and low fat veg recipes (egg will do) for lunch and dinner as well. Do share links if you have any.

    1. Hi Manisha – Thanks so much for the feedback! I will continue to make more vegetarian recipes and gluten free ones. There are quite a few on the site already if you search “vegetarian”. Thank you!!

    1. Yes, sorry for the confusion, it automatically assigns 1g as the serving size. It’s basically 3-4 total servings for the entire recipe, so it equals more than a cup of cooked oats. I hope that helps!

    1. Yes you can, but only use half the liquid (so 3 cups of either water or milk or combination) and only bake it for 20-25 minutes.

  31. I love that his is hands-off and I don’t have to stir on the stovetop. It’s so convenient and my family loved it!

  32. This is incredibly good! I loved it!!! I put in two mashed bananas and a Granny Smith apple. I added a little more cinnamon, 4 cups of milk a ten packs of Truvia. This is not just breakfast, it’s a snack and dessert. I also baked it an extra 25 minutes because it was too wet. The crusty top is very good and the tart apple and bananas made it perfect. Thank you very much.