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Honey Nut Steel Cut Oats

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My first goal with this post is to convince you to get a rice cooker.

Yes. Stay with me here.

Because my second goal is to get you to use your rice cooker to make your breakfast for you.

And then my third goal is to get you to truly enjoy steel cut oats. Because I know, like, one crazy person who actually likes a big bowl of those harsh grains, and I am not that one person. Harsh is a weird way to describe food, but do you know what I mean? They're just... too much on their own.

So when I think delicious breakfast involving any ingredient named steel, I think of this little one: bananas, almonds, honey, steel cut oats, regular oats, AND bulgur. That's right - triple grain! And honey-nut sweet. I'm in love.

Steel cut oats in a white bowl.

These are the things that keep my life interesting.

Because let's be honest - I've had the same breakfast oatmeal for the last five years. Somewhere deep down, I really do want to branch out in the oats department. But I have a hard time letting go of things like pumpkin oats, apple cinnamon bran oats, and Lord help me, double chocolate oats.

That's why I kept the regular oats in this rice cooker breakfast combo. They make it familiarly (wow - really? spell check counts that as a word?) soft and fluffy, while the bulgur gives a little texture and nutty flavor and the steel cut brings the ... whatever steel cut is supposed to bring.

Steel cut oats in a white bowl with bananas.

But if steel cut is not your thing AT ALL, and you can't even fathom the thought of mixing it together with a few other grains and topping it with the most heavenly sweet, crunchy-nutty goodness, you can still do this! Remember my primarily goal for this post? To encourage you to get a rice cooker to make your breakfast for you. Ohhyeah.

This can work with any kind of grains! I've used rolled oats with wheat berries, bulgur with steel cut, quick oats with, um, brown rice. Cause it's a rice cooker and cause I love carbs.

Steel cut oats with bananas in a white bowl with a spoon.

You don't even need a recipe for this. You just need to choose some grains, dump 'em in, and turn on your rice cooker to make a perfectly cozy and filling breakfast for you.

Okay? Okay.

Steel cut oats on a spoon with bananas and almonds.
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Honey Nut Steel Cut Oats


A simple recipe for steel cut oats made easily in a rice cooker and topped with banana, honey, and almonds. Perfect breakfast!


  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 1 cup quick cooking oatmeal (or rolled oats - doesn't really matter)
  • 1/2 cup light bulgur (dry)
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • honey, banana, sliced almonds, flax for topping


  1. Rinse the bulgur. Place both oats and bulgur in a rice cooker with water. Add the salt, cover, and let it cook until the rice cooker switches off (mine automatically switches off when all the water is absorbed). Check oats - add more water, stir, and cook for another 5 minutes if they're too sticky or not soft enough.
  2. Stir in the cinnamon and milk. Serve topped with sliced banana, sliced almonds, honey, and flax.


The nutrition information includes 1/2 a banana, 1 tablespoon honey, 2 tablespoons sliced almonds, and 2 teaspoons flaxmeal per serving. If you want, you can soften the steel cut oats by soaking them overnight. Any kinds of grains will work for this - just check the cook time on them!

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: honey oats, oatmeal recipe, steel cut oats

By the way, at home, I have this little cutie rice cooker. It's red and tiny and awesome.

So does anyone else actually have one of these things or am I just obsessed because I live in the Philippines?

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  1. Skillful Cook Logo

    So it is 5:45am and I so wish these were cooking in my rice cooker right now!1 These look delicious and healthy!! Yum!

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    I must be one of the weirdos that love the texture of steel cut oats– there’s something just so hearty and wholesome about them! I love the mix of grains in this and I love when a machine makes my breakfast for me 😉 I don’t have a rice cooker, but I always think about getting one because rice is one of those foods I’m just a total failure at trying to make.

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    I have a rice cooker and i actually just used it last night for the first time! I had been on the fence about buying one, then one morning while constantly watching/stirring my steel cut oats on the stove, I bit the bullet and caved!

    I eat something similar to this almost every morning – i stir in a tablespoon of peanut butter, though. I think the combination of peanut butter and honey is like my childhood in a bite and i love the sweetness the banana adds. I’m going to try topping with some nuts for some added texture – now i’m definitely ready for breakfast! Thanks for the great idea!

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    Thanks for the great idea! I am Filipino, so a rice cooker is a staple appliace in my kitchen!

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    I love your site design! So much that I went to Shay’s site – she does nice work! Your steel cut oats look delicious and I like your rice cooker trick!

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      Thanks Julia! We are excited to have a little more zing and organization to the site design. Shay is super talented!

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    I love that picture of you and Bjork on your sidebar Lindsay! I love you guys, you’re awesome. And this is even more awesome – creamy, comforting, healthy! I will now register for a rice cooker for our wedding… 😉

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    We have a rice cooker but only because my husband had one when we got married. He’s Fillipino. I think that explains it. lol. Ours is a cheap old one that gets the job done. But I want to save up and get a Zojirushi one. I’ve heard they’re amazing.

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      I’ll have to look for that brand! Here in the Philippines I always feel like they have one option for all other kitchen appliances, and one million options for rice cookers. 🙂

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    Very cool! Periodically, I try to get myself to like steel-cut oats, as for some reason I have not only a huge box, but also a metal can (which I bought purely for the cute can) on hand at home. Yesterday was actually one of those days. I ended up going for the microwave directions, and they were….terrible. They got all chunky and gross and I couldn’t eat more than half the bowl before I gave up. I’m going to have to try your way and see if I can make myself like them 🙂

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      Try it again! Because that’s what happened to me the first few times I made them. I really like this mixture of grains… it’s just too much for me to do a bowl of the steel cut on their own so adding more variety helps. 🙂 And I have the can, too! Is it McCann’s?

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    Steel cut oats are the best–I love the addition of bulgar! I bet it tastes delicious. I have never tried a rice maker for oatmeal but that is a great idea.

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    Lucky for me, I already have a rice cooker–although I’ve never used it to make steel-cut oats! Super interesting. This almost reminds me of Honey Bunches of Oats for some reason–I don’t know why, since we never eat them, but hey. 🙂

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    I love our rice cooker! I didn’t know someone could be as terrible at making rice as I am (I’ll blame the gas stove….) and I love it for all grains. Even though I love all kinds of oats I’ve still never made oatmeal in the rice cooker. I guess it’s on the to-do list!!

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      Thanks Marie! I’ve just been using screen shots of the Laveem labels that I create because we found that installing the interactive labels was really slowing the site down. 🙁 I love the design of the labels but you have to check things pretty thoroughly because their ingredient database is sometimes off (or missing things). For example, sometimes butter shows up with 0 grams fat. I used to use this one (again, just screen shots since they don’t have an installation option) but I’m sticking with Laveem for now and hoping they will continue to develop their ingredient database. The design is just so much more friendly. 🙂

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      I make lots of rice/grains and steamed veggies since mine has a steamer on top, but for specific recipes you can just google search it! There are tons of ideas out there – even entire cookbooks dedicated to making everything in a rice cooker. Here’s an example called The Everything Rice Cooker Cookbook.

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    I’ve always wondered how steel cut oats tasted and I thought you could only cook rice in a rice cooker. My husband eats oatmeal for breakfast most days (I do during the winter), so I will have to look into this!

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    I love your site, and thanks so much for this recipe — I always have steel-cut oats sitting around unused, since like you I find them harsh (perfect word for it). We have a Zojirushi with a porridge setting that I haven’t tried. I’m not sure how it differs from the regular rice setting but I’ll make this both ways and see…

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      Wow, fancy! I wish my rice cooker had a porridge setting – that sounds perfect! You’ll have to let me know how it works for you. 🙂

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    Just found your blog and love it! This post made me so happy — I just bought a rice cooker and am loving the rice and the steamed veggies, but this recipe sounds amazing! I had to print it out and will probably have some steel cut oats tomorrow morning.