water – I find that these oats are creamy enough when made with water!
banana – I used a full banana but if you are watching your sugar intake, you can certainly use less of the fruit or skip the banana all together.
medjool dates – the dates add a caramel flavor and slight sweetness to the oatmeal that is absolutely delicious! I highly recommend medjool dates for this recipe, but if you have chopped dates on hand and want to use those, that’s fine.
cinnamon – the perfect spice pairing.
sea salt – brings all of the flavors together and really balances the sweet ingredients.
This recipe uses steel-cut oats that takes one extra step to make! I recommend the overnight cooking method which is really simple and makes for quick reheating. You’ll prep the oats the night before and simply add the banana, dates, cinnamon and salt the next morning.
Start by placing just the oats and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Make sure you watch carefully so the water doesn’t boil over. Turn down the heat quickly and allow the oats to simmer for 1 minute. Remove from the heat, cover and let sit at room temperature overnight.
In the morning, uncover the saucepan and stir in the banana slices, chopped dates, cinnamon and sea salt. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat and stir frequently until the oatmeal is fully cooked and creamy.
Variations and Tips
Stovetop – if you forget to cook your oats the night before, you can cook them on the stovetop for longer in the morning. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil and add in the oats. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 10-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the rest of the ingredients in and simmer for an additional 5-7 minutes.
Low sugar – you can reduce or omit the banana to make this oatmeal lower in sugar. The dates will provide enough sweetness!
Gluten-free – oats are naturally gluten-free but are one of the most common foods to get contaminated during processing. Make sure you grab gluten-free steel cut oats if needed!
Place oats and water into a saucepan and bring to a boil, watching carefully so the water doesn’t boil over. Turn down heat quickly and allow the oats to simmer for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Cover with a lid and let stand overnight at room temperature.
The next morning, uncover the saucepan and stir in banana slices, chopped dates, cinnamon and sea salt. Bring oats to a simmer over medium heat, stirring frequently until the oatmeal is cooked and creamy, about 5-7 minutes. Portion the oatmeal into bowls. Dress with toppings of choice. I used almond butter, chopped dates, chia seeds and hemp seeds.