Super Steel Cut Oatmeal

No matter what the season, steel cut oats make the perfect healthy start to any day!  Top them with more heart healthy choices like berries, seeds and nuts for added fiber and protein. 
steel cut oatmeal

I was introduced to steel cut oats by my Dad.  He had a heart attack (one of many) when I was 18 and he was a very young 42.

How does someone so young have such a massive heart attack?

It’s simple.  Diet and exercise.

If you choose to eat a diet that is heavy on processed, convenience foods they will eventually damage your body from the inside out.  Which looking back now, my Dad will freely admit the boxed donuts and sweets are what did him in.

Steel cut oats are different than rolled oats which are different than instant oats.

  • Steel cut are the healthiest for you as they are made from oat kernels that have been chopped up.  Therefore they take longer to digest and have a lower glycemic index.
  • Rolled oats are steamed, rolled, then steamed again and toasted.  They are much flatter and easier and faster to digest.
  • The worst option would be the instant packets of oatmeal which have HFCS and artificial flavors and colors added.

You can think of steel cut oats kind of like a carwash.  You know when you go through and those brushes scrub and push the car along?  That’s what oats do.  They push out the toxins.  There are more and more studies confirming a diet consisting of whole grain oats reduces our risk of coronary heart disease risk.

And you can’t tell me these don’t look yummy!!

steel cut oats

My Dad’s heart attack quickly changed the eating habits in our house that year.  This was back in the 1980s.  As a society in 2014, we now have much more knowledge about the heart, how it functions, the effects of cholesterol and how the foods you choose have a DIRECT impact on your lifelong health.

Do yourself (and your body) a favor and make these delicious oats over the weekend when you have a little extra time.  You won’t regret it!   Love you Dad!


Super Steel Cut Oatmeal



  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 12 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon real maple syrup


  1. Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan
  2. Stir in the oats, turn the heat all the way down to low, cover and simmer for 25 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent the oats from sticking
  3. Stir in the milk, cinnamon, sugar and maple syrup and continue cooking another 10 minutes, until done
  4. Top with your favorite fruits like bananas, strawberries, blueberries, almonds, flax seed, etc.


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Recipe Source:  My Dad
I used all organic ingredients when possible, and hope you do too! 🙂

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  1. Dad Schuster says:

    Dear Daughter ~ Thank you for our “heart-felt” story which you and I experienced and survived 28 years ago.. I still have the stuffed bear you gave me in the hospital. Your Mom , sister and you gave me the purpose to survive. I to this day very often eat steel cut oatmeal as your article tells. The only adjustment to the ingredients that I make due to being a type 2 Diabetic is I don’t use whole milk , brown sugar and Maple syrup. The fruit I do add as a natural , rapid absorbing sugar source. Your site is of interest to heart and diabetic smart folks also. Great work Dear. xoxo Dad

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