Apple Cake

I first tried this apple cake recipe on a gray, rainy Monday. I had a mountain of work to plow through, but I managed to carve out enough time to chop the apples, whisk together the batter, and pop the cake in the oven. Like magic, it transformed my da…


I first tried this apple cake recipe on a gray, rainy Monday. I had a mountain of work to plow through, but I managed to carve out enough time to chop the apples, whisk together the batter, and pop the cake in the oven. Like magic, it transformed my day! There’s something about a really simple, really good baking recipe that can brighten my mood in an instant, and this apple cake recipe did just that. It’s a breeze to make, and it yields a moist, tender cake that’s perfect for dessert, breakfast, or an afternoon treat. It’s jam-packed with […]

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Blueberry Sourdough Pancakes

Put that sourdough discard to good use and whip up a batch of these fluffy buttermilk pancakes, studded with fresh blueberries and topped with a drizzle of maple syrup. With a flavor somewhere between a classic buttermilk pancake and a slice of French toast (you can thank the sourdough starter for that), these sourdough pancakes […]

Put that sourdough discard to good use and whip up a batch of these fluffy buttermilk pancakes, studded with fresh blueberries and topped with a drizzle of maple syrup.

With a flavor somewhere between a classic buttermilk pancake and a slice of French toast (you can thank the sourdough starter for that), these sourdough pancakes are light, fluffy, and buttery with just a hint of sweetness.

Drizzling maple syrup on a tall stack of blueberry pancakes

If you haven’t given up on your sourdough starter yet, here’s another recipe to make use of that discard.

And in fact, these pancakes or so good, you may find yourself feeding the yeasty beast for the discard alone, just to make this recipe.

That’s totally allowed. I’m sure your starter, comfy as it is napping in the fridge, will appreciate the exercise, even if it doesn’t result in a loaf of homemade bread.

Overhead, plate of Blueberry Sourdough Pancakes with pat of butter, fresh blueberries and pot of maple syrup

How are these pancakes different from old-fashioned buttermilk pancakes? Upon first taste, you might think they were just regular old blueberry pancakes. They are light and fluffy and buttery and everything that a blueberry pancake should be.

However, as you eat, you might start to notice a hint of… something… a fascinating undertone of flavor that you can’t quite pinpoint. All you know is these are possible the best pancakes you’ve ever tasted.

I like to describe them as a French toast-flavored pancakes. Which, if you think about, makes sense, since ingredient-wise they are almost identical: French toast is made from bread, milk and eggs, and pancakes made from flour, milk and eggs. Yeast, in this case, is the critical difference. So adding some natural yeast in the form of a sourdough starter, it’s no wonder they end up tasting a bit like French toast.

Now, sourdough bread has a distinctive sour flavor (I mean, that’s why it’s called sourdough, right?) but I would in no way describe these pancakes as such. There is a bit of tang, sure, but it’s more from the buttermilk, and the blueberries, than the sourdough. I think the sugar and butter tempers the sour flavor, leaving only the yeasty undertones.

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How to Make Home Fries, the Superior Potato Preparation (We Said It!)

Passing the gleaming prefab husks of my favorite Manhattan diners these days brings a pang. The exaggerated nostalgia of neon signs and swooping stainless steel, of sprawling, manic menus, is now a sort of memorial to itself. I can practically smell th…

Passing the gleaming prefab husks of my favorite Manhattan diners these days brings a pang. The exaggerated nostalgia of neon signs and swooping stainless steel, of sprawling, manic menus, is now a sort of memorial to itself. I can practically smell the singed, watery coffee as I wander by. But until our favorite haunts return to their timeless, 24-hour routine, we can take advantage of their absence to make some diner classics better—let’s face it—than we could ever find on a foldout menu.

That brings us to one of the great pillars of diner fare—home fries. At their best, home fries are a perfect union of crisped potatoes, browned onions, and grilled peppers. They should be ordered extra crispy, to avoid the tragedy of the steamed, crunchy potato, and should always be topped with a dash or two of hot sauce. We can argue knife skills and varietals—my ideal home fries involve quartered new potatoes, whereas my brother likes a diced russet—but we can all agree that, alongside a diner omelet, with a cup of weak coffee and some good company, this is the perfect breakfast food. And until I can order them at my favorite diners again, I’ll be making them at home.

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Almond Flour Pancakes

If you like pancakes that are light, fluffy, moist, and flavorful (who doesn’t?!), you’re going to LOVE these almond flour pancakes! I had the idea to make them last spring, when Jack and I were saving our limited supply of regular flour fo…


If you like pancakes that are light, fluffy, moist, and flavorful (who doesn’t?!), you’re going to LOVE these almond flour pancakes! I had the idea to make them last spring, when Jack and I were saving our limited supply of regular flour for baking projects like pita, bagels, and no-knead bread. All-purpose flour is easier to come by now, but in our house, these almond flour pancakes are sticking around for good. This almond flour pancake recipe is totally grain and gluten-free, but it’s just as good as any traditional pancake recipe I’ve tried. The pancakes are soft and tender, […]

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Pumpkin Waffles

Pumpkin waffles are perfect for fall! They’re lightly spiced and made with real pumpkin puree for a cozy special breakfast. It’s fall and that means: cue the pumpkin recipes! It’s our goal to turn just about everything imaginable into a pumpkin flavored version of itself. Of course, that extends to hummus, pasta, coffee, pancakes, soup, oatmeal…and waffles! These Pumpkin Waffles are the ideal fall breakfast, featuring cozy spices and pumpkin puree. They’re just sweet enough and topped with a little pure maple syrup…let’s just say they went over like a charm over here. Ingredients for pumpkin waffles (just enough pumpkin!) Here’s the thing. Pumpkin is very dense, so adding the stuff to waffles can make them thick and weighty. This pumpkin waffles recipe uses just enough pumpkin to bring in a light orange hue, but not so much that each bite is weighed down with vegetable puree. Here are the ingredients you’ll need for these pumpkin waffles: All purpose flour: If you prefer GF pumpkin treats, go to our healthy bread or oatmeal. Brown sugar: While we typically sweeten waffle batter with maple syrup, the consistency is better with sugar here. Trust us! Pumpkin puree: Make sure it’s puree, not […]

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Pumpkin waffles are perfect for fall! They’re lightly spiced and made with real pumpkin puree for a cozy special breakfast.

Pumpkin waffles

It’s fall and that means: cue the pumpkin recipes! It’s our goal to turn just about everything imaginable into a pumpkin flavored version of itself. Of course, that extends to hummus, pasta, coffee, pancakes, soup, oatmeal…and waffles! These Pumpkin Waffles are the ideal fall breakfast, featuring cozy spices and pumpkin puree. They’re just sweet enough and topped with a little pure maple syrup…let’s just say they went over like a charm over here.

Ingredients for pumpkin waffles (just enough pumpkin!)

Here’s the thing. Pumpkin is very dense, so adding the stuff to waffles can make them thick and weighty. This pumpkin waffles recipe uses just enough pumpkin to bring in a light orange hue, but not so much that each bite is weighed down with vegetable puree. Here are the ingredients you’ll need for these pumpkin waffles:

  • All purpose flour: If you prefer GF pumpkin treats, go to our healthy bread or oatmeal.
  • Brown sugar: While we typically sweeten waffle batter with maple syrup, the consistency is better with sugar here. Trust us!
  • Pumpkin puree: Make sure it’s puree, not pie filling.
  • Pumpkin pie spice: Use purchased or homemade!
  • Eggs: These help hold the batter together and give it a little lift.
  • Milk: Use your milk of choice. Non-dairy milk makes these dairy-free waffles.
  • Baking powder, salt and oil: The usual suspects to round it out.
Pumpkin waffles

Use Pumpkin Pie Spice or individual spices

As you probably know, most of what people love about pumpkin are the spices: not the actual pumpkin itself! Pumpkin is pretty bland and bitter right out of the can. Our favorite way to flavor it is with our homemaker spice blend, which makes a large batch. But you can also mix up the individual spices just for this recipe. Here’s what to do:

  • Make a batch: Mix up this Pumpkin Pie Spice: it makes 1/4 cup, which is enough for 4 pumpkin waffles recipes
  • Substitute these spices: For the 1 tablespoon pumpkin spice in the recipe, use 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger, and 1/4 teaspoon each cloves and nutmeg.

Standard waffles vs Belgian waffles

You can make these pumpkin waffles two ways: using a standard waffle maker or make them into Belgian waffles. Our top choice? Belgian. They’re taller and fluffier than standard waffles, and just plain more fun to eat. Here are the differences between the two:

  • Belgian waffles are twice as large as regular waffles: they’re thicker with a deeper grid pattern. They look more impressive and have a fluffier texture. Remember a serving size is 1/2 of the waffle, because it’s double a standard waffle.
  • Standard waffles are thinner: about 1/2-inch thick. If you’re making a standard waffle, the serving size is 1 waffle.

Looking for a waffle iron? Here’s a Belgian waffle iron we use and love!

Pumpkin waffles

Make ahead instructions for pumpkin waffles

Don’t want to do all the work every time? Make a double batch of these pumpkin waffles and save more for later!Here’s what to do:

  • To store: Make the waffles, then let them cool completely on a wire rack. Once they’ve cooled, stack the waffles in a freezer-safe baggie. They’ll keep for up to 3 months.
  • To reheat: Pop them into the toaster and cook them on a low setting for just a few seconds, repeating it two or three times. Or, warm them on an oiled baking sheet in a 300 degree oven (make sure to oil the sheet or the waffles will stick!).

Toppings for pumpkin waffles

Once you’ve whipped up a batch of pumpkin waffles, the fun begins! Top them up to make them into a healthy or no so healthy breakfast. Here’s what we used, and a few more ideas:

  • Almond butter: This is our top pick for pumpkin waffles because it offsets the sweet with richness, and adds a hit of plant-based protein.
  • Chopped pecans or walnuts: These nuts both go well with pumpkin! Make toasted pecans or toasted walnuts to bring out their flavor even more.
  • Greek yogurt with maple syrup: Mix 1/2 cup Greek yogurt with 1 tablespoon maple syrup and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and use it for dolloping.
  • Make it dessert: ice cream! Turn this pumpkin waffle into dessert by topping it with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce. Wow!
Pumpkin waffles

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Pumpkin waffles

Easy Pumpkin Waffles


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 (4 standard or 2 large Belgian waffles)
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Pumpkin waffles are perfect for fall! They’re lightly spiced and made with real pumpkin puree for a cozy special breakfast.


Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Pumpkin Pie Spice*
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup milk of choice (dairy or non-dairy)
  • 1/4 cup neutral oil (like organic vegetable oil, organic canola, or grapeseed)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the waffle iron to the high heat setting.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the all purpose flour, baking powder, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and kosher salt until thoroughly combined.
  3. In another bowl, whisk the eggs, pumpkin puree, milk, and neutral oil. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk vigorously until the batter is mostly smooth.
  4. Lightly brush oil onto the waffle maker. Immediately, add the batter (1 1/4 cups for a Belgian waffle maker and a little over 1/2 cup for a standard waffle maker) into the center of the waffle iron, then cook according to the waffle iron’s instructions. Remove the cooked waffles and place them on a baking sheet without stacking. Make the waffles to order, or place cooked waffles in a 250°F oven to keep warm.
  5. Cooked waffles can be frozen; place them in a plastic bag and remove the remaining air with a straw before sealing. To reheat, remove from the freezer and lightly toast in a toaster.

Notes

*Or substitute 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ginger, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg and 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves. 

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Waffles
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Pumpkin waffles, fall breakfast idea, pumpkin waffle recipe

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Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal

This pumpkin baked oatmeal is the ideal fall breakfast: cozy spiced and full of healthy oats! Bake up a pan and eat off of it all week. Oatmeal is our go-to for healthy, whole grain breakfasts. So why not dress it up in fall glory? This Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal is like a cinnamon and ginger-spiced hug. It’s full of autumnal flavor, yet at the same time a healthy way to start the day! Whole grain oats provide lots of protein and fiber, and are the perfect backdrop for pumpkin puree and cozy spices. Make up a big pan and eat off of it all week, or make it for guests! Either way, it’s the ideal way to make fall mornings more delicious (we couldn’t stop eating it). Ingredients for pumpkin baked oatmeal This pumpkin baked oatmeal is pretty simple to whip up: it requires a pretty standard cast of characters when it comes to pumpkin recipes. Here are the main ingredients you’ll need: Old Fashioned rolled oats: Do not substitute steel cut oats or instant oats! They cook much differently than Old Fashioned. For steel cut, go to Pumpkin Baked Steel Cut Oats: it tastes just like pumpkin pie! Pecans: […]

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This pumpkin baked oatmeal is the ideal fall breakfast: cozy spiced and full of healthy oats! Bake up a pan and eat off of it all week.

Pumpkin baked oatmeal

Oatmeal is our go-to for healthy, whole grain breakfasts. So why not dress it up in fall glory? This Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal is like a cinnamon and ginger-spiced hug. It’s full of autumnal flavor, yet at the same time a healthy way to start the day! Whole grain oats provide lots of protein and fiber, and are the perfect backdrop for pumpkin puree and cozy spices. Make up a big pan and eat off of it all week, or make it for guests! Either way, it’s the ideal way to make fall mornings more delicious (we couldn’t stop eating it).

Ingredients for pumpkin baked oatmeal

This pumpkin baked oatmeal is pretty simple to whip up: it requires a pretty standard cast of characters when it comes to pumpkin recipes. Here are the main ingredients you’ll need:

  • Old Fashioned rolled oats: Do not substitute steel cut oats or instant oats! They cook much differently than Old Fashioned. For steel cut, go to Pumpkin Baked Steel Cut Oats: it tastes just like pumpkin pie!
  • Pecans: Optional, but they add great texture to this oatmeal
  • Spices: You can use either cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg: or pumpkin pie spice! Grab some at the store or make it at home.
  • Pumpkin puree: Make sure it’s pumpkin puree: not pie filling!
  • Milk of choice: Whatever you’d like! Non-dairy milk makes it a vegan pumpkin baked oatmeal recipe.
  • Maple syrup: Pure maple syrup adds just the right sweetness, and it’s a natural sweetener. You could use any other liquid sweetener of choice (honey or agave syrup).
  • Vanilla: Vanilla adds depth of flavor.
Pumpkin baked oatmeal

It takes 1 hour, but leftovers save well

This pumpkin baked oatmeal takes 1 hour start to finish, but most of the time is hands off while the oatmeal bakes. Because it takes longer than the standard breakfast, we like to make a pan and eat off oft it all week. It saves well in the refrigerator, and you can eat it cold or room temp: no reheating necessary! If you’d like, you can heat it in the oven or microwave.

Variations: steel cut and stovetop pumpkin oatmeal

Want to make pumpkin baked oatmeal with steel cut oats? Or want a really fast version of pumpkin oatmeal? Here are some variations:

  • Pumpkin baked steel cut oats: This Pumpkin Baked Steel Cut Oats really tastes like pumpkin pie, according to feedback we’ve been getting for years. Using Old Fashioned oats in this recipe makes it taste more like pumpkin bars, but the steel cut version is very moist and tastes like pie filling. Go to Pumpkin Baked Steel Cut Oats.
  • Pumpkin oatmeal (on the stove): Want to have the same flavors in just 10 minutes? Make our Pumpkin Oatmeal on the stovetop. It’s got a similar vibe but is more like a creamy bowl of oatmeal.
Pumpkin baked oatmeal

Toppings for pumpkin baked oatmeal

Make up a batch of this pumpkin baked oatmeal and it’s a fantastic vegan and healthy breakfast. The toppings are where this recipe really shines! Here’s what to know about topping the oatmeal:

  • Maple syrup: A bit of maple syrup is all you need for a little sparkle. Or heat it with a little melted coconut oil for a dreamy drizzle.
  • Maple yogurt: It’s also tasty with maple yogurt. We mixed Greek yogurt, maple syrup and vanilla for a swirled topping (quantities are listed below). If you make this, still add a tiny drizzle of maple over the top: it adds the final flavoring.
  • Glazed pecans or walnuts. Get fancy and use maple glazed pecans or glazed walnuts.
  • Pepitas. Pumpkin seeds work too! Roasted salted have the best flavor.
  • Nut butter. Almond butter or cashew butter are the best nut butters to go with pumpkin! Peanut butter can overwhelm the flavor.
Pumpkin baked oatmeal

Make ahead instructions for pumpkin baked oatmeal

Can you make this pumpkin baked oatmeal ahead? Kind of! Note that this is not overnight oats: you cannot mix it up the night before and place in the refrigerator! The oats would soak up all the liquid and come out much too dry. If you do want to prep in advance, here’s what to do:

  • Minimal prep: Mix up the wets and dries separately and store in separate containers (with the wets refrigerated). Pour them together in the morning and bake. OR:
  • Bake in advance: Make up a pan on a Sunday night, then refrigerate it for eating off of throughout the week. You can refrigerate leftovers for up to 1 week, and re-warm them in a 300 degree oven or the microwave.
Pumpkin baked oatmeal

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Cozy Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6 to 8
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This pumpkin baked oatmeal is the ideal fall breakfast: cozy spiced and full of healthy oats! Bake up a pan and eat off of it all week.


Ingredients

  • 2 cups Old Fashioned rolled oats (don’t substitute steel cut or instant oats)
  • 1/2 cup pecan pieces (or chopped pecans)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons Pumpkin Pie Spice (or 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves and 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 3/4 cups milk of choice (dairy, almond or oat)
  • 6 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted and cooled to room temp
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • For serving: 1 tablespoon coconut oil melted with 1 tablespoon maple syrup or maple Greek yogurt*

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.*
  2. Butter an 8 x 8″ or 9 x 9″ pan. In a medium bowl, mix together the rolled oats, pecan pieces, baking powder, pumpkin spice, and kosher salt.
  3. Dump the dries into the prepared pan. 
  4. In the same bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree, milk, maple syrup, melted cooled coconut oil, and vanilla. Drizzle the milk mixture over the oats. Stir lightly with a fork to make everything gets evenly incorporated.
  5. Bake 40 to 45 minutes until the top is nicely golden and the oat mixture has set. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes.
  6. Before serving, drizzle with maple syrup OR add maple Greek yogurt* plus a drizzle of maple. Store leftovers refrigerated for up to 1 week: reheat in a 300 degree oven or microwave until warm.

Notes

*For the maple Greek yogurt, mix 1/2 cup Greek yogurt with 1 tablespoon maple syrup and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. Make sure to still add a small drizzle of maple over the top when serving.

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

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Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls

Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls are fluffy, sweet, and packed with everyone’s favorite pumpkin spice flavor. Make these cinnamon rolls the night before and pop them in the oven on a cozy autumn morning for a breakfast the whole family will love.  This post is sponsored by Fleischmann’s® Yeast. Thank you for continuing to support the […]

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Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls are fluffy, sweet, and packed with everyone’s favorite pumpkin spice flavor. Make these cinnamon rolls the night before and pop them in the oven on a cozy autumn morning for a breakfast the whole family will love. 

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Fall is undeniably my favorite season of the year. 

From the cozy sweaters and apple picking to enjoying warm cups of spiced apple cider while snuggled up under a blanket, fall is the best. 

And when else can we enjoy my favorite pumpkin spice treats without our friends and family thinking we’re weird? 

Whether it’s pumpkin bread, pumpkin bars, or pumpkin cookies, you guys know that I go through more cans of pumpkin puree and more batches of pumpkin pie spice than I can count every fall. 

Another of my favorite fall traditions is making special breakfasts on the weekends. There are few things more special than pulling a hot breakfast from the oven on a cool fall Saturday morning and kicking off the day with Eric and Elle around the breakfast table.

Overnight cinnamon rolls are one of my favorite fall breakfast options: I assemble the rolls the night before and bake them in the morning. Then the rolls are ready for my family to grab, along with a cup of coffee (or even a homemade pumpkin spice latte) or orange juice, whenever they roll out of bed.

Seeing my little family gathered around the breakfast table in their pajamas enjoying their homemade cinnamon rolls is a sight that warms my heart and makes me so grateful for this beautiful season, as cheesy as it sounds.

So when I can combine my love of cozy fall breakfasts with pumpkin spice? That’s just the best. 

This year, my family is asking for these Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls on repeat. 

And what can I say? I give the people what they want.

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Perfect Steel Cut Oats

Here’s how to cook steel cut oats! It takes just 25 minutes to make an easy creamy bowl of oatmeal: the ideal healthy breakfast. Are you a steel cut oats fan? These chewy oats have a porridge-like texture and feel like a cozy hug in the morning. They’re a fun way to mix up the standard Old Fashioned oats, and may have some slight benefits over them: though both are an incredibly healthy way to start the day! Alex and I used to avoid this type of oats because they take longer to cook. But here’s the thing: you can make a big pot of steel cut oats in 25 minutes and eat off of the leftovers all week! They come out beautifully creamy and a fitting canvas for tasty toppings. What are steel cut oats? What’s the difference vs rolled oats? Steel cut oats are whole grain oats that are cut into nubs: the grains look like brown rice or barley. Rolled oats are oat groats that are rolled through steel rollers: this gives them a flat shape and makes them much quicker to cook. Both varieties have very similar nutritional profiles: lots of protein and fiber to start your day! An additional benefit […]

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Here’s how to cook steel cut oats! It takes just 25 minutes to make an easy creamy bowl of oatmeal: the ideal healthy breakfast.

Steel cut oats

Are you a steel cut oats fan? These chewy oats have a porridge-like texture and feel like a cozy hug in the morning. They’re a fun way to mix up the standard Old Fashioned oats, and may have some slight benefits over them: though both are an incredibly healthy way to start the day! Alex and I used to avoid this type of oats because they take longer to cook. But here’s the thing: you can make a big pot of steel cut oats in 25 minutes and eat off of the leftovers all week! They come out beautifully creamy and a fitting canvas for tasty toppings.

What are steel cut oats? What’s the difference vs rolled oats?

Steel cut oats are whole grain oats that are cut into nubs: the grains look like brown rice or barley. Rolled oats are oat groats that are rolled through steel rollers: this gives them a flat shape and makes them much quicker to cook. Both varieties have very similar nutritional profiles: lots of protein and fiber to start your day!

An additional benefit of steel cut oats is that since they are processed the most minimally, they have slightly more fiber and may have a lower glycemic index than rolled oats. This may allow you to feel fuller and have less of a “spike” of energy after eating. (Source)

Steel cut oats vs rolled oats
Rolled oats on the left, steel cut on the right

How to cook steel cut oats: tips!

Steel cut oats might seem daunting, but they’re very easy to cook. You’ll simply simmer them in a mix of milk and water for about 25 minutes, until they become creamy and tender. Here are a few notes on the process:

  • Simmer the water and milk (and watch closely). The mixture of water and milk can quickly go from almost simmering to boiling over. Keep an eye out!
  • Add oats and simmer about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. You’ll want to have the heat on low where it’s just bubbling. Stay close by so you can stir occasionally, or the oats will stick to the bottom and a film will form on the surface.

That’s it! It’s truly simple. It makes for a great make-ahead breakfast that you can store in the refrigerator all week.

How to make steel cut oats

Alternate method: Instant Pot!

You can also cook steel cut oats in an Instant Pot. This makes the method totally hands off, and makes a great creamy texture. This Pressure Cooker Steel Cut Oats makes a big batch of 8 to 10 servings: it’s perfect for entertaining or eating off of all week. Speaking of…

Storage info for steel cut oatmeal

Store your cooked steel cut oatmeal in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Here’s the thing: steel cut oatmeal becomes very thick when it’s chilled. To reheat it, follow these instructions:

  • Add a splash of milk or water.
  • Throw it in the microwave for a minute, or heat it on the stovetop over low heat, stirring until it becomes creamy.
Instant pot steel cut oats

Vegan variation for steel cut oats

Steel cut oats are easy to make vegan! Simply cook them with your favorite non dairy milk. Here are a few non dairy milk options we recommend (all unflavored):

  • Oat milk: It’s got a great creamy body and neutral flavor. This is our top choice for oatmeal.
  • Almond milk: This type of milk also works, but the texture is thinner and almost like water. You may want to consider using all milk instead of the combination of milk plus water.
  • Soy milk: You can also use soy milk for steel cut oats. We typically don’t buy it because we prefer the flavor of oat or almond.

Note: Avoid coconut milk in this case: it has a very strong coconut flavor and is very high fat. It’s better to use in curries and to make vegan whipped cream.

Steel cut oats toppings

Once you’ve got a big bowl of creamy goodness, here’s the fun part: adding toppings! Here are some of our favorite oatmeal topping ideas:

The best is combining flavors into an interesting topping! Try PB&J oats with peanut butter and berry jam, or banana nut oatmeal with bananas, toasted walnuts and a drizzle of honey.

Steel cut oatmeal

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Steel cut oats

Perfect Steel Cut Oats (25 Minutes!)


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 0 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1/2 cups (4 to 6 servingfs)
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Here’s how to cook steel cut oats! It takes just 25 minutes to make an easy creamy bowl of oatmeal: the ideal healthy breakfast.


Ingredients

  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups milk of choice (dairy or non-dairy)
  • 1 1/2 cups steel cut oats
  • Scant 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, bring water and milk to a boil (watch closely to make sure that it does not boil over). Once boiling, add the steel cut oats, salt and cinnamon and stir to combine.
  2. Bring to a simmer over low heat and cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 to 25 minutes until the oats are creamy and tender. Serve immediately with desired toppings. Stores refrigerated up to 1 week: it will become very thick when chilled, so stir in some milk or water when reheating. 

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Steel cut oats, steel cut oatmeal, how to cook steel cut oats

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Pumpkin Coconut Cream Cold Brew.

Here’s a peek at how I’ve been making pumpkin cream cold brew at home! I mean, to say that I’m obsessed with the pumpkin cream cold brew is an understatement. Remember a few weeks back when I shared this coconut cream cold brew? Well, it easily became a staple here, especially the afternoons. This is […]

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Here’s a peek at how I’ve been making pumpkin cream cold brew at home!

pumpkin coconut cream cold brew

I mean, to say that I’m obsessed with the pumpkin cream cold brew is an understatement.

can of cold coconut milk

Remember a few weeks back when I shared this coconut cream cold brew? Well, it easily became a staple here, especially the afternoons.

This is super similar, except we’re making a pumpkin coconut cream mixture, much like the pumpkin cream cold brew from starbucks. Which is my LOVE. I mean, I could drink one everyday. I just adore that drink. 

whipped pumpkin coconut cream

My version is much similar, but no where near as sweet. Don’t get me wrong – there is sugar in the pumpkin coconut mixture, it just not as sweet as the store version. Which is fine, because I like to save any of my sweet(er) coffee drinks for outside the house. But in the case that you DO want it sweeter, you can add more!

I mean, doesn’t this look like ice cream below?!

pumpkin coconut cream cold brew

This is how it goes down!

You start with coconut cream. I always have a few cans in the refrigerator – store them there because they need to be cold for this. You can use the cold cream from the milk to whip, or you can actually buy a can of coconut cream too. Either way works.

And don’t worry about it being super thick, because it works better when it’s softly whipped anyway. Think super soft peaks!

pumpkin coconut cream cold brew

Whip in the pumpkin, some spice (I like less, most people prefer more than I do!), vanilla extract, some sugar and salt. 

Pour a glass of your favorite cold brew. Or if you really want, you can absolutely throw this on top of hot coffee too! 

Top the iced cold brew with a few spoonfuls of the pumpkin coconut cream. Oh my gosh. It’s heavenly! 

pumpkin coconut cream cold brew

If you’d like, you can add some pumpkin syrup, vanilla syrup, or heck even maple syrup to the cold brew.

This is such a great drink because you can really customize it to your liking.

pumpkin coconut cream cold brew

And for me, it’s ALWAYS iced coffee season. I love iced so much more than hot. Once this season is over, I’ll move to an iced eggnog latte. Give me iced all the time!

pumpkin coconut cream cold brew

Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew

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Pumpkin Coconut Cream Cold Brew

This pumpkin cream cold brew is made with whipped pumpkin coconut cream, spiced with cinnamon and served over ice. It's perfect!
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 1 can cold coconut milk, or ½ cup coconut cream
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons powdered sugar, depending on your preference
  • pinch of salt
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon, or pumpkin pie spice, if you prefer, plus more for sprinkling
  • pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • 12 ounces cold brew coffee

Instructions

  • Remove the can of coconut milk out of the fridge. Open the can - the cream should have separated from the liquid. (If you’re using coconut cream, it will not have liquid and you can just whip that.) Discard the liquid, then scoop the firm coconut meat into the bowl of your electric mixer. Add in the pumpkin puree, sugar, salt, vanilla extract, nutmeg and cinnamon.
  • Beat on medium speed until it's softly whipped and slightly thickened. Taste and add more spice or sugar if you’d like. I don’t like a lot of spice, so I only add a bit. Feel free to add more nutmeg, allspice, cloves, etc! (You can store this in a sealed container in the fridge for a few days!)
  • Pour the cold brew over ice. If desired, you can add a syrup, honey or sugar to the cold brew to make the coffee itself sweeter. Top the iced coffee with a few big spoonfuls of the pumpkin coconut cream. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Drink!
  • Notes: You MUST use full-fat CANNED coconut milk for this. I keep a few cans of coconut milk or coconut cream in my fridge at all times so I can make this when I want!

pumpkin coconut cream cold brew

Swirls together nicely too!

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Cinnamon Toasted Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal.

I want to eat pumpkin pie oatmeal for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I mean, look at this bowl! Don’t you?! Pretty sure that is going to be the year of cozy breakfasts for me. I know I just shared a pumpkin recipe yesterday. But I HAD to share this one with you too because I […]

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I want to eat pumpkin pie oatmeal for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

pumpkin pie oatmeal with coconut cream and almonds

I mean, look at this bowl! Don’t you?!

Pretty sure that is going to be the year of cozy breakfasts for me.

toasted steel cut oats with cinnamon

I know I just shared a pumpkin recipe yesterday. But I HAD to share this one with you too because I wanted to make sure you have every day of fall left to make this. 

Every.single.day.

It is that good! This oatmeal is perfect for breakfast or lunch and if you’re really needing some comfort, dinner. 

pumpkin butter

Also, don’t freak about the pumpkin shortage! 

This oatmeal doesn’t use pumpkin puree, it uses pumpkin butter! Which is great news if you can’t find pumpkin puree. I also use pumpkin butter in my gooey pumpkin bars, so don’t worry about buying a jar and not using it up.

P.S. If you DO have pumpkin puree and want to use it, you totally can. You may need to add some sweetness to your oats in that case! 

pumpkin butter in pumpkin pie oatmeal

I’ve been obsessed with pumpkin butter for as long as I can remember. It’s always been a staple that we bought at american spoon

And about a billion years ago I made these pumpkin chocolate chip cookies with pumpkin butter instead of puree. I was adamant to make a chewy pumpkin cookie and not a cakey one. I still love those cookies, but how hilarious is that now a decade later, I do want a cakey pumpkin cookie?!

swirling pumpkin butter in pumpkin pie oatmeal

When it comes to oatmeal, steel cut will always be my pick. Well, after overnight oats, that is. But steel cut just have SO much texture. They are so wonderfully chewy and when cooked, become incredibly creamy. They make such a classic bowl of oatmeal that I feel like I could eat it every morning.

Especially when it looks like this.

I mean… YES. 

Now – I have made a version of pumpkin pie oatmeal before. This bruléed oatmeal served in a pumpkin is amazing – it’s just made with different oats! It’s a little fancier while this one is more… everyday oatmeal.

pumpkin pie oatmeal with coconut cream and almonds

Now one of the reasons these ones are so delish is because we’re toasting them. We’re toasting the oats with a big pinch of cinnamon. Toasting them in BUTTER! You can also use coconut oil or your fat of choice, of course. 

I liken this to toasting rice for risotto. It adds depth of flavor while at the same time, browning the butter a bit. Which obviously makes for the the perfect base of breakfast! 

pumpkin pie oatmeal with pumpkin butter

From there, the oats take about 15 minutes. Add in some water and milk, simmer and stir, and watch them become creamy and dreamy. Stir in the pumpkin butter and vanilla. Scoop them into a bowl and be the happiest!

pumpkin pie oatmeal with coconut cream and almonds

I love to top these with whipped coconut cream. You can make your own from a can of refrigerated coconut milk or you can get a can of coconut cream and scoop it from there. The coconut cream is what really makes these taste like pumpkin pie. I am obsessed.

See, with the addition of pumpkin butter here, I don’t find that these oats need any sweetener. That will depend on the kind of pumpkin butter you use, of course. But the coconut cream also adds a hint of creamy sweetness. It’s perfect!

Then I also like to sprinkle with some toasty sliced almonds. 

Oh my gosh.

pumpkin pie oatmeal with coconut cream and almonds

Seriously the best fall breakfast ever!

pumpkin pie oatmeal with coconut cream and almonds

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

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Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

This pumpkin pie oatmeal is made with steel cut oats and pumpkin butter. It tastes like a slice of pumpkin pie, topped with coconut cream!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • cup pumpkin butter, plus more for topping
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • pinch of finely grated nutmeg
  • maple syrup, if needed
  • whipped coconut cream, for topping
  • sliced almonds, for topping

Instructions

  • Note: the sweetness level of this recipe will differ depending on the brand of pumpkin butter you use. I suggest tasting the oats near the end of cook time and if needed, stirring in maple syrup or honey for more sweetness.
  • Heat the butter in a pot or large skillet over medium-low heat. Once melted, stir in the oats and cinnamon. Cook, stirring often, until the oats are toasty, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Pour in the water, milk and salt. Bring the mixture to a boil then reduce it to a simmer. Cook, stirring often, for 15 minutes. Stir in the pumpkin butter, vanilla extract and grated nutmeg. Taste and if needed, add in a bit of honey or maple syrup.
  • Serve the oats topped with coconut cream, sliced almonds and a dollop of pumpkin butter. Add a sprinkle of cinnamon and eat!

pumpkin pie oatmeal with coconut cream and almonds

Happy breakfast to us.

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