Our foolproof, basic steel-cut oatmeal recipe is the perfect building block for an ultra-nutritious breakfast. Memorize the ratio—3 parts liquid to 1 part oats—then customize your bowl with a delicious array of fresh toppings. Cinnamon and honey keep things sweet and simple, but there's plenty of space to spice up your bowl with exotic combos—try cardamom, nutmeg, cloves, or ginger. And yes, steel-cut oats take longer to cook than other types of oats, but their toothsome texture and nutty flavor make them well-worth the effort. Best of all, they reheat beautifully, so you can easily cook up a big batch ahead of time.
For a richer, nuttier flavor, try toasting your oats in the pan first. Keep the heat at medium-low and stir constantly to prevent burning.