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cherry almond steel-cut oatmeal (gf, df, v)

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Cherry Almond Steel-Cut Oatmeal I One Lovely LifeI know the weather is warming up (heck, sometimes it feels like all we ever eat is salad), but there are still some mornings I want something cozy for breakfast. Last week, Sophie and I had a few days under the weather, and we came up with a delicious, cozy breakfast that helped us both feel a little better.

Cherry Almond Steel-Cut Oatmeal I One Lovely LifeI used my basic method for cooking steel-cut oats, then dressed it up with the addition of a little almond extract, vanilla, dried cherries, and sliced almonds. For some reason, it tasted almost perfectly sweet as was, so I only used a small drizzle of pure maple syrup to sweeten things a bit.

We’ve become almond milk converts since I had to do all the allergy testing during Sophie’s first few months and had to avoid dairy. You can certainly use dairy milk if you like. I like adding the almond milk just as a finish, but you could substitute some of the water for milk (almond or dairy) if you’d like it even creamier.

Cozy, hearty, and filling, this makes a perfect slow-morning breakfast.

(As always, with steel-cut oats, leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator up to 1 week and re-heated without losing anything in taste or texture.)
Cherry Almond Steel-Cut Oatmeal I One Lovely Life

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Cherry Almond Steel-Cut Oatmeal

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  • Yield: 4-5 1x


  • 1c steel-cut oats*
  • 3 1/2c water
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • scant 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2c dried cherries, roughly chopped
  • 1/2c sliced almonds
  • pure maple syrup, to taste
  • almond or dairy milk, to serve


  1. Bring water to a boil in a large saucepan. Stir in oats and a pinch of salt. Cover and reduce heat to a simmer.
  2. Cook 15-20 minutes, or until oats are tender and water is mostly absorbed.
  3. Stir in vanilla and almond extract. Stir in cherries and sliced almonds. Add a small drizzle of maple syrup, to taste (I only used a small drizzle).
  4. Add a small amount of almond or dairy milk to serve.


As with all steel-cut oats, leftovers can be covered and refrigerated for up to 1 week. To reheat, stir in a little milk or water and microwave until warm. You shouldn’t lose anything in taste or texture.

*Use GF oats for a gluten-free option. We like Bob’s Red Mill.



  1. I am sooo sad that I still can’t find steel cut oats in this country! This sounds so yummy and the UK weather always suits cosy food! x

  2. Hi Emily
    Oh my this looks great with the almonds in it. I have cooked my steel oats according to the package instructions without great luck. I’m going to try this. This sounds yummy. I do love oats.
    I have blueberries I’m going to add to it once its cooked.
    Thank you for sharing.
    I just found your site after following from Pinterest. Love it.
    Come by and visit too

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