Cranberry Orange Oatmeal using Steel-cut oats

Start your morning with a delicious healthy breakfast is the first meal that makes your whole day and keeps you motivated. It is the best for the cold or the winter season and, this is creamy, warmly, and just different and, this is full of cozy flavors. This Cranberry-Orange Steel Cut Oatmeal checks all those boxes. It’s made in a matter of minutes and is wonderfully delicious and gluten-free also!

Cranberry and orange are the perfect pairings, especially when it comes to the winter holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas.

I wanted to reduce my cholesterol for the past weeks and, it’s been high. I have gone on the trip and eat a lot of chocolates and grilled and melty cheese dishes. So I wanted to add such things to my diet, but I failed then found such a quick recipe with loads of fresh fruits combined with the oats. For me, eating oats is very difficult because it’s tasteless. So, I always eat it with a twist. I want to full diet or food that gives and nutrition and energy. It’s a meal suggested by the dietitian and, it’s packed with vitamin C and fiber.

Here is the recipe for fruit lovers particularly

Cranberry. So, here you can take a look.

You will definitely find it interesting, and that pushed you to try it so, experiment with this at home and taste it and then serve to your friends and family. And also, perfect for the diet-conscious people they have the command of their food but if you are bored of eating your regular stuff, then check on the recipe. If you haven’t given steel-cut oats a try yet, please do.

Preparation time: 5-7 minutes

Cook time: approx 10 minutes

Course:  Breakfast

Cuisine:  American

Serving: you can serve this to 4 in a large or medium-size bowl.


1 cup dry steel-cut oats

2 cup cranberry (for sauce and diced)

1 cup Milk (use flavored milk also )

1 Orange (for zest )

Maple syrup or honey

Vanilla essence

1 tbsp butter or coconut oil

a tablespoon crunched nuts (walnuts and roasted almonds)

3-4 cup of water

Optional toppings:

  • Orange slices or diced orange (I zest the orange then slice it for topping)
  • More dried cranberries
  • Chopped pecans
  • Pure maple syrup
  • Additional almond milk

How to prepare this?

  1. Bring 1 cup water to a boil in a saucepan. Slowly add the oats, stirring. Bring back to boiling and stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and cover. Let sit at least 30 minutes to overnight. Toast the oats, stir it continuously, until golden and fragrant, around 1 ½ to 2 minutes.
  2. Add the cranberries and sweetener. Cook, stirring for 8 to 10 minutes. Taste for texture, sweetness, and saltiness and adjust each to your taste.
  3. Stir the oats into the simmering water/milk mixture. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer gently for about 20 minutes, until the mixture is very thick.
  4. Stir in the salt. Continue to simmer the mixture, stir until almost all of the liquid is absorbed, about 10 minutes. The oatmeal should be very creamy at this point.
  5. Add the nuts and orange zest. Stir and cook for another minute or two minutes until the oats are to the desired doneness and thickness. You may need to add a little more milk if they are too thick.

Kitchen Notes

The thickness of oats

Steel cuts soak up a lot of liquid; therefore, the longer they soak and cook, the more liquid you’ll need.  So, only keep adding almond milk until you get the consistency you want.

Almond milk

Almond milk, soy milk, or regular milk can all used for these oats.


For the sweetener, you can use brown sugar, honey, maple syrup, or whatever sweetener you want. Two teaspoons provide enough sweetness for us, but, again, add or subtract based on your preference.


Pecans and walnuts are our favorites for this particular oatmeal.  I doused oven-roasted nuts, but that’s just my preference.

You can twist oats with the richness of nuts like almonds, walnuts, and dried cherry and, you can serve this with the chocolate syrup with the strawberries.

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