Steel Cut Oats with Rhubarb and Apple Topping

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It is almost the end of summer and our rhubarb plants are still going strong. I have tried to make as many rhubarb recipes as possible, but I can’t keep up. Yesterday the rhubarb plant was staring me down, I knew it was time to make another rhubarb creation. For breakfast, I made steel cut oats with rhubarb and apple topping. It was the perfect way to start my morning.

We love steel cut oats, if you haven’t tried them, don’t wait any longer. They are even better with a rhubarb and apple topping. I sauteed chopped rhubarb and Granny smith apples with cinnamon, brown sugar, vanilla, lemon juice, and a little bit of butter. I served the rhubarb and apples over a bowl of piping hot steel cut oats. The rhubarb and apples are a little tart, but the cinnamon and sugar add a nice sweetness.

Jazz up your morning with a bowl of steel cut oats with rhubarb and apples. You can’t go wrong with a nutritious and delicious breakfast like this one!

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Steel Cut Oats with Rhubarb and Apple Topping

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  • 1. Bring the water to a boil in a large pot. Add the steel cut oats and and salt. Stir.
  • 2. Reduce the heat to medium low and cook for 30 minutes. Stir the oats often so they don’t stick to the pan.
  • 3. When the oats start to thicken, at about 30 minutes, add in the milk and vanilla. Stir the oats, milk, and vanilla together and cook for ten more minutes.
  • 4. To make the rhubarb and apple topping, in a small skillet melt the butter. Add the rhubarb and apples. Add the brown sugar, vanilla, lemon juice, and cinnamon, stir well. Saute until tender. Pour topping over a bowl of steel cut oats. Serve the oats hot.
  • This batch makes 4-6 servings.
  • *Note-you can use 4 cups of water and omit the milk, I just like the creaminess the milk adds.*

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. We love steel cut oats and this is an excellent way to prepare them! Rhubarb and apples is the perfect combo 🙂 xo

  2. I sure need to hop on the steel cut oats bandwagon- not quite there yet! Maybe I haven’t found the right recipe!

  3. What a great looking breakfast – I can think of MANY uses for that apple rhubarb topping!

  4. Matt puts my rhubarb strawberry jam on his steel cut oatmeal in the morning & I bet he would love this version.

  5. If I lived nearby, I’d come take some of that rhubarb off your hands 😉 What a great topping for your morning oats. I haven’t tried steel cut- I need to get on that

  6. I love steel cut oats – as we have talked about before. Yum.
    Liking the new looks!
    Good luck with all that rhubarb. To be honest – i wouldn’t know what to do with it because I have never had it. I didn’t like strawberries when we were little and that was the only time it was in my life – strawberry rhubarb pie. Now we don’t have it and I like them now. I am sure I would love this. You guys haven’t failed me yet!

  7. The topping sounds so yummy! I always make green tea oats with peanut butter topping, time for a change!

  8. What a beautiful and healthy breakfast. I can’t even tell you what I normally eat because it is so boring – I’d love a bowl of this instead!

  9. Now that is a bowl of comfort- hearty and healthy, colorful and delicious. And just so you know, every time I think of Rhubarb, I think of you 🙂

  10. this kind of breakfast will hold you over for hours and hours, plus it’s tasty and gorgeous and good for the ol’ digestive system. me likey. 🙂

  11. What a gorgeous pictures – ‘I want to dive right in! Looks like the perfect way to enjoy your rhubarb crop!

  12. You know- they say warm meals are better for children who crave calmness and order. It brings peace. My son does better on mornings that he consumes warm comforting options. I will give this a try.

  13. A friend of mine swears by the steel cut oats – claims her husbands cholesterol was cut in half after a month of regular eating of the grain! I’ll have to try it – especially with this yummy topping (and share this idea with her as well).