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A Surprising Twist: Steel-Cut Oat Pancakes

By Ole & Shaina Olmanson |

I’m always looking for creative ways to use oatmeal and get the kids to eat it in more ways than just a pot full of cooked oats. In addition to baking it with Nutella or shaping it into granola bars, one of our favorite ways to eat oatmeal is in the form of pancakes.

These oatmeal pancakes aren’t just made with oatmeal flour though. These pancakes are real oatmeal fried into squares of joy and topped with all your favorite pancake toppings. It’s next-level oatmeal, and it’s a breakfast I have Julie to thank for inspiring. Her mention of fried steel-cut oats long ago spurred them into existence, and we’ve been enjoying our steel-cut oats as pancakes ever since.

Steel-Cut Oat Pancakes

3 cups water
1 cup milk
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups steel-cut oats
4 tablespoons butter
Toppings of choice: lemon curd, berries, whipped cream, maple syrup, honey

Mix together water, milk, sugar, cinnamon and salt in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat until it boils. Add in steel-cut oats and simmer for 30 minutes until most of the liquid is absorbed.

Grease a 13×9 baking sheet (slightly larger will also work) and spread the oat mixture out into an even layer. Allow to cool to room temperature and then place in the fridge overnight.

The next morning, cut the oats into squares. Heat a frying pan to medium-high heat. Add a bit of butter into the pan, enough to cover the bottom when melted. Fry oatmeal squares for 5 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Top with desired toppings and serve for a hearty breakfast.

Makes 4-5 servings.

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About Ole & Shaina Olmanson


Ole & Shaina Olmanson

Shaina Olmanson is the food writer and home cook behind Food for My Family. Shaina can usually be found in one of three places: cooking, at the computer or behind the camera. These three things occur in the kitchen simultaneously with her four children hanging from her apron strings as she teaches them to cook and the importance of eating locally, seasonally, organically and together. She is a former Babble Food blogger.

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9 thoughts on “A Surprising Twist: Steel-Cut Oat Pancakes

  1. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen says:

    Oh my goodness, what a genius idea! I have to try this, I just love oatmeal.

  2. Fresh and Foodie says:

    I love this! We eat a lot of oatmeal in my house but I’ve never made it this way.

  3. Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies says:

    Just the title of this had me going OOOOOooh. This is happening on Saturday morning. Just gotta get the wherewithal to sort it out on Friday night!

  4. JulieVR says:

    Wow. This is completely brilliant! they are zooming to the top of my must-make list!

  5. bridget {bake at 350} says:

    Great idea! Love these, Shaina!

  6. Donna says:

    These sounds delicious. I make steel cut oatmeal in big batches and freeze it so I can use it as needed. This is an awesome idea for an alternative use. You could stack up the oat squares between wax paper and freeze them until you are ready to take out a few and fry them up as needed. Thanks Shaina!

  7. Jamie | My Baking Addiction says:

    I eat a ton of oatmeal, so these look absolutely perfect to me.

  8. marla {family fresh coo!king} says:

    Love this Shaina – great idea to fry up in a pan :)

  9. Claire says:

    can’t wait to try. Another tip is the waffles made of oats from “The Art of Vegan Baking”. the best waffles EVER. She specifies quick oats, but we do it all the time with regular rolled oats or even old fashioned thick cut ones.

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