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 Summary

5 mins
40 mins
45 mins
8 servings


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

  • Reduce heat to low and simmer oats until beginning to soften, about 20 minutes.

  • 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.

  • Stir cranberries into the oatmeal to distribute throughout the mixture; cook just until the berries are warmed, 2 to 3 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

262 calories; protein 6g; carbohydrates 50g; fat 4.9g; cholesterol 6.9mg; sodium 80.6mg. Full Nutrition

Reviews (18)

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25 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 24
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
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Rating: 5 stars
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! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I added a tablespoon more sugar and a tsp of vanilla just bc I like vanilla. Great recipe. Easy to follow. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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 top as well. Thanks for sharing! I'll definitely be making this one again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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 there. Added about 3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut which made it for me the coconut makes it amazing! Also I used about 1/2 cup Golden raisins instead of the cranberries. SO GOOD! Read More