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This gingerbread steel cut oatmeal recipe is such a warming, cozy breakfast treat! It’s vegan, gluten-free, and can easily be made in advance.

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Cozy oatmeal bowls are just the perfect cold weather breakfast! This recipe takes it up a notch by using warming gingerbread spices – making your mornings even more festive 🙂

This healthy, seasonal oatmeal packs in tons of fibre, heart-healthy fats, and plant-based protein. It’s truly one of those dishes that is nourishing for both body and soul.

It’s easy to make and great for either a weekend brunch or to include in your weekly breakfast meal prep. Leftovers store and reheat easily! I hope you love this one as much as I do.

NOTE: If you’d prefer to use regular rolled oats instead of steel cut for this recipe, adjust the amounts accordingly. A standard serving for 4 people would be 2 cups of rolled oats and 4 cups of liquid.

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Ingredients Needed

The base of this gingerbread spiced oatmeal is only 9 simple ingredients:

Plus, toppings as desired!

How To Make Gingerbread Oatmeal

To make this recipe, start by adding steel cut oatschia seeds, ground ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and a pinch of salt to a large saucepan, giving the ingredients a stir to distribute them evenly.

Next, add unsweetened milk alternative of choice (I used almond milk), molasses, and maple syrup to the oats. Stir again to mix everything together.

Heat the ingredients over medium-high on the stovetop, bringing the liquid to a boil before reducing heat.

Continue to cook, stirring frequently, until the liquid has absorbed. Feel free to add more liquid to get the oatmeal to your desired consistency.

Serve, add toppings (ideas shared below), and enjoy!

Note: I personally love using Bob’s Red Mill’s Quick Cooking Steel Cut Oats, which are 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.

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How To Store & Reheat

This gingerbread oatmeal can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 4 days. If you’d like to further extend the shelf-life of oatmeal, it can be stored in the freezer for up to 6 months.

The easiest way to reheat oatmeal is in the microwave, but you could also do so on the stovetop.

You may find that the leftover oats have absorbed more of the liquid over time, making them a bit dry. Simply add a splash of milk of choice and give it a stir before reheating!

What To Serve With Gingerbread Oats

I recommend topping this baked oatmeal with a source of healthy fat and/or protein to balance out the carbohydrates in this meal. Doing so will help to keep you feeling fuller and satisfied for longer, while also elongating your blood sugar curve (a good thing!)

Some ideas for protein/fat sources? This oatmeal tastes delicious with:

  • a scoop of nut butter (like almond, peanut, or cashew butter)
  • a scoop of plain Greek yogurt (or a vegan alternative)
  • a sprinkle of nuts, like walnuts or pecans
  • a sprinkle of seeds, like pumpkin or hemp seeds
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Oatmeal Nutrition Benefits

Rolled oats are a great source of dietary fibre and plant-based protein.

Oats contain a ton of B-vitamins, like thiamin, folate, and pantothenic acid.

They’re also packed with essential minerals, like manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, iron, and zinc.

For more detailed information about oatmeal, be sure to check out this comprehensive post all about the nutrition benefits of oatmeal!

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This gingerbread steel cut oatmeal recipe is such a warming, cozy breakfast treat! It's vegan, gluten-free, and can be made in advance.
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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Add steel cut oats, chia seeds, spices, and salt into a large saucepan. Give the ingredients a stir to distribute them evenly.
  • Next, add almond milk, molasses, and maple syrup to the saucepan. Stir and bring to a boil before reducing heat to a simmer.
  • Continue to cook, stirring frequently, until the liquid has absorbed (about 20 minutes). If you prefer runnier oats, feel free to add a splash more almond milk until it reaches your desired consistency.
  • Serve oatmeal and add toppings as desired!

Notes

*I personally love using Bob’s Red Mill’s Quick Cooking Steel Cut Oats, which are 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.
*This gingerbread oatmeal can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 4 days. The easiest way to reheat oatmeal is in the microwave, but you could also do so on the stovetop.
*You may find that the leftover oats have absorbed more of the liquid over time, making them a bit dry. Simply add a splash of milk of choice and give it a stir before reheating!
*If you’d prefer to use regular rolled oats instead of steel cut, adjust the amounts accordingly. A standard serving for 4 people would be 2 cups of rolled oats and 4 cups of liquid.
*Topping ideas:
  • a scoop of nut butter (like almond, peanut, or cashew butter)
  • a scoop of plain Greek yogurt (or a vegan alternative)
  • a sprinkle of nuts, like walnuts or pecans
  • a sprinkle of seeds, like pumpkin or hemp seeds

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