An alternative to instant oatmeal

I have always loved oatmeal. It’s delicious, filling, and a very nice start the day. Recently though I discovered exactly how much sugar most instant oatmeal contains. For instance, my previous favorite, Quaker Oat’s Apple & Cinnamon contains 12 grams of sugar per serving. It may not seem like a lot, but for contrast a single Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut contains only 10 grams of sugar. I never thought of my oatmeal as having more sugar than a doughnut, but that is the case.

After realizing this, I decided to search for a less sugar filled alternative to my favorite breakfast. That is when I discovered steel cut oats. Steel cut oats are groats (the hulled portion of the oat) that are loosely chopped into several pieces instead of rolled with a rolling pin device, which is how instant oats are processed. As a result, the oats are randomly shaped, but could best be described as rice cut in half. Steel cut oats, in addition to being less processed than instant oats, have less ingredients added to them. As a result, the steel cut oats I purchased have less than a gram of sugar per serving.

The downside to the steel cut oats size is the length of time it takes to cook these oats. The long cook time resulted in me looking for a simple alternative. This is exactly what I found, and can be seen below.

Steel Cut Oats with peaches and a cup of hazelnut coffee (and some invasive grounds…)


  • 1/3 cup steel cut oats
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • (optional fruits) peaches, blueberries, raspberries


  1. Combine the steel cut oats, honey, and milk into a bowl
  2. Thoroughly mix the three ingredients to create a homogeneous mixture
  3. Place the bowl in the fridge overnight
  4. Retrieve the bowl the following morning (aim for 8 hours), top with fruit, and enjoy

Until Next Time,

The Part Time Vegetarian


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