This blueberry steel cut oatmeal is a delicious, healthy, and balanced breakfast recipe! It’s perfect for meal prep and uses pantry staples like frozen blueberries, steel cut oats, chia seeds, and cinnamon. Vegan and gluten-free.
I have no idea why it’s taken me so long to share this recipe. It’s been my GO-TO breakfast oatmeal for years and years! I’ll often make a large batch of it one morning or evening, and then portion out the rest for easy breakfasts during the week.
This blueberry steel cut oatmeal is so easy to make and is so nourishing and balanced in nutrition. It’s full of fibre-rich steel cut oats and chia seeds, as well as antioxidant-rich blueberries. I usually top it with some extra protein sources – like almond butter, a scoop of plain Greek yogurt, and hemp seeds – to balance out the meal.
I so hope you guys enjoy this go-to breakfast of mine! Let me know in the comments if you end up making it. For more healthy breakfast meal prep ideas, be sure to check out this post!
Can You Put Frozen Blueberries In Oatmeal?
You bet! Frozen berries are one of my FAVOURITE additions to oatmeal, especially in the cooler months when fresh berries aren’t in season. My preference is to cook the berries along with the oatmeal – you can add them straight from the freezer, and they’ll thaw while you cook! Plus, they turn your oatmeal a beautiful, vibrant colour :).
Are Frozen Berries Healthy?
Yes again! Frozen berries are JUST as nutritious as fresh berries. Freezing fruit retains the nutrients in the berries, so you don’t have to worry about nutrient loss. Again, this is a great way to reap the nutrition benefits of berries during the fall and winter. They’re always a pantry staple of mine!
How To Make Blueberry Steel Cut Oats
To make this recipe, start by adding steel cut oats, chia seeds, and ground cinnamon to a large saucepan, giving the ingredients a stir to distribute them evenly.
Next, pour in your liquid – you can use water or any milk of choice. Heat the ingredients over medium-high, bringing the liquid to a boil before reducing heat. Stir in frozen berries, and continue to cook until the liquid has absorbed. Feel free to add more liquids to get the oatmeal to your desired consistency.
Note – I personally love using Bob’s Red Mill’s Quick Cooking Steel Cut Oats (affiliate link), which are simply chopped into smaller pieces, cutting down on cooking time! If you use these oats, this recipe should be ready in about 7 minutes. If using regular steel cut oats, it can take about 20 minutes for the liquid to absorb.
Serve oats hot and add toppings as desired. My personal favourites: a dollop of almond butter, plain Greek yogurt, hemp seeds, and some raw cacao nibs. Stir everything together and enjoy!
Storage & Reheating Notes
This blueberry steel cut oatmeal will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for at least 4 days. I usually reheat these oats in the microwave, but you could also reheat them on the stovetop. Just keep any toppings separate, and only add them at time of serving.
Note – you may find that more liquid has absorbed over time. If so, just add an extra splash of nut milk or water when reheating to bring it back to your desired consistency.
Blueberry Nutrition Facts
Blueberries are an excellent source of dietary fibre, with one cup providing 3.6 grams (14% of your daily needs). They’re also a great source of micronutrients, like vitamin C, K, B6, and manganese. Blueberries are also rich in antioxidants called anthocyanins, which provide many protective health benefits.
Steel Cut Oatmeal Nutrition Facts
Like other forms of oatmeal, steel cut oats are an excellent source of dietary fibre, with the majority being a soluble fibre called beta glucan. Soluble fibre is known to help slow digestion, increase satiety, lower cholesterol, and improve blood sugar control.
Oats are also a great source of different micronutrients, like B vitamins, vitamin E, manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, iron, zinc, and folate.
Nutritionally, steel cut oats are equivalent to regular rolled or instant oats. They’re simply processed a little differently! Instead of being rolled flat, the “oat groats” (whole grain oat kernels) have been cut into smaller pieces.
Because they are a slightly less processed form of oatmeal, steel cut oats take longer to cook and also may take a bit longer for our bodies to break down and digest.
More Easy Oatmeal Recipes
- Vegan Chocolate Orange Oatmeal
- Blueberry Banana Baked Oatmeal
- Strawberry Vanilla Overnight Steel Cut Oatmeal
- Blood Orange Bircher Muesli
- Grated Apple Bircher Muesli
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Vegan Blueberry Steel Cut Oatmeal
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 cups water or unsweetened milk of choice
- 2 cups frozen or fresh blueberries
- Optional toppings: nut butter, yogurt, seeds, nuts, fresh fruit, maple syrup, etc.
- Add steel cut oats, chia seeds, and cinnamon to a large saucepan, giving the ingredients a stir to distribute them evenly.
- Pour in your liquid of choice. Heat the ingredients over medium-high, bringing the liquid to a boil.
- Reduce the heat to med-low, stir in frozen or fresh berries, and continue to cook until the liquid has absorbed. This will take about 20 minutes if using regular steel cut oats (for quick cooking steel cut oats, this will be closer to 7 minutes). Feel free to add more liquids to get the oats to your desired consistency, as needed.
- Serve oats hot and add toppings as desired. My personal favourites: a dollop of almond butter, plain Greek yogurt, hemp seeds, and some raw cacao nibs. Stir everything together and enjoy!