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Strawberry Banana Steel Cut Oats with Chia Seeds

    A hearty and satisfying bowl of steel cut oats are sweetened naturally with juicy strawberries and ripe bananas.

    Strawberry Banana Steel Cut Oats with Chia Seeds - The Lemon Bowl

    Steel-cut oats remind me of my childhood. My mommy made them for us regularly and I always loved the chewy texture and nutty flavor that you simply don’t get from old fashioned oats. Don’t get me wrong, I love my old fashioned oats but every now and again I crave a hearty, satisfying bowl of chewy steel cut oats.

    Frequently asked questions:

    Why are steel cut oats better than old fashioned or quick cooking oats?

    They are simply less processed because they are not rolled flat (into rolled oats) and they are not chopped into smaller, faster cooking pieces like quick-cooking oats.

    Why should you eat chia seeds?

    Protein Packed: 20% of the calories from chia seeds are from protein – a much higher amount than most grains such as wheat and rice. Protein takes longer to digest which keeps you fuller longer and gives you lasting energy.
    Boost Brain Function: Chia seeds contain a good dose of EFA’s (essential fatty acids) which have been shown to boost memory and improve concentration.
    Energy Boosting: The word “chia” means strength in the Mayan language which makes sense because the natural combination of protein, fiber and carbohydrates found in chia seeds will give you the fuel you’ll need all day long. This is the reason chia seeds are so popular in the running community.
    Rich in Omega-3’s: We all know that fatty fish like salmon is an excellent source of omega-3’s but what if you’re not a fan? Chia is an excellent alternative and in fact, is the highest plant-based source of omega-3 fatty acids!

    Have you jumped on the chia seed bandwagon yet?

    Your spoon is waiting.

    Strawberry Banana Steel Cut Oats with Chia Seeds - The Lemon Bowl

    Strawberry Banana Steel Cut Oats with Chia Seeds

    5 stars average
    A hearty and satisfying bowl of steel cut oats are sweetened naturally with juicy strawberries and ripe bananas.
    PREP: 2 mins
    COOK: 15 mins
    TOTAL: 17 mins
    Servings: 4


    • 1 cup steel cut oats
    • 4 cups water
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
    • ¼ cup flax seed meal
    • ¼ cup chia seeds
    • ¼ cup walnuts (chopped)
    • 2 bananas (sliced)
    • 2 cups strawberries (sliced)


    • Bring water, salt and cinnamon to a boil then stir in steel cut oats. Reduce heat and simmer until liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes.
    • Five minutes prior to the end of cooking time, stir in flax seed meal, chia seeds, chopped walnuts, banana and strawberry slices.
    • Cook until liquid is absorbed then divide evenly between four bowls to serve.


    This dish is naturally dairy free and vegan. To make it gluten free be sure to use GF oats.


    Calories: 362kcalCarbohydrates: 52.4gProtein: 10.5gFat: 13.9gSaturated Fat: 1.3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 12.6gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 283mgFiber: 14.7gSugar: 9.5g

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    Liz DellaCroce

    Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families. Click Here To Subscribe to my newsletter:


    1. We’ve had chia and flax seeds in our pantry for a long time and decided it’s time to start using them as part of a healthier diet. This recipe was perfect for that. My hubby isn’t a huge cinnamon fan (go figure) so I cut cinnamon to 1/2 teaspoons. Also, I didn’t have strawberries, but had a fresh mango on hand. Combo was great. We’re adding to our breakfast repertoire.

    2. I love every bite of this, Liz! I’ve become such a fan of chia seeds and oatmeal is my go-to breakfast. Now that strawberries have appeared I can’t wait to make your lovely version!

    3. You know as a child I use to hate chia seeds, in summer my grandmom use to soak them and then make very cooling drink … Trust me I use to run away.
      But Now I love them. This looks fabulous….. Totally right up my alley.

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