Strawberry Banana Steel Cut Oats with Chia Seeds

Prep Time2 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time17 minutes

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

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A hearty and satisfying bowl of steel cut oats are sweetened naturally with juicy strawberries and ripe bananas.
PREP: 2 minutes
COOK: 15 minutes
TOTAL: 17 minutes
Servings4

Ingredients
 

  • 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)

Instructions
 

  • 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.

Notes

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

Nutrition

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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53 responses to “Strawberry Banana Steel Cut Oats with Chia Seeds”

  1. Elizabeth Avatar
    Elizabeth

    Confession: I have not yet jumped on the chia seed bandwagon. But I really should, because they sound great, especially here in this tasty-looking oatmeal. What a fantastic way to kick of the day!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      It’s never too late to start!! They always make me feel fuller when I add them in!

  2. Julia Avatar
    Julia

    Great oatmeal recipe! I love steel cut oats. I also LOVE strawberries and am sick of paying so much for them and them not tasting great…can’t wait for strawberry season, or berry season for that matter!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Oh man I am so ready too!!! We just bought a huge vat of them from Costco.

  3. Michele E Avatar
    Michele E

    YAY! Here’s a recipe where I have all of the ingredients in the house! I am a big fan of steel cut oats, and this looks like a winner. Thanks!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I love when that happens!! Enjoy!

  4. Mackenzie {SusieFreakingHomemaker} Avatar
    Mackenzie {SusieFreakingHomemaker}

    OK, I think I can actually do this! I’ve always been nervous to ever try steel cut oats!!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      You can so do this!!! They honestly take less time to cook than you would think! And add whatever fruit you have – we also love apples, pears, pumpkin, anything really!

  5. Kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts Avatar
    Kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts

    Liz,
    This looks so pretty, and I love the flavor combo of strawberries and bananas.
    What a yummy breakfast–thanks!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Me too!! Such a classic flavor combo. :)

  6. Kristen Avatar
    Kristen

    Oh wow – I am always looking for tasty things to do with Steel Cut Oats. Love this recipe!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thank you friend! A little peanut butter and banana never hurts either… ;)

  7. Aggie Avatar
    Aggie

    I love steel cut oats! Over the last couple years I’ve been eating them more because I started buying a huge bag of Coach’s Oats from Costco & you can easily cook in microwave. Chia seeds rock!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I need to start making in the microwave more often!!!

  8. Lisa | With Style and Grace Avatar
    Lisa | With Style and Grace

    I can’t believe it, but I’ve yet to jump on the chia seed bandwagon. I had a bad experience a few years back I haven’t tried it since. Maybe I should give that AND your oatmeal a try. I’m sure I can’t go wrong there.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Oh no a bad experience?? Well I vote give them another shot!! Such a great source of protein for a busy mama like you!

  9. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers Avatar
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers

    Yum! I love this combination and I love how healthy it is!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thank you Jennifer!! Huge fan of your blog. :-)

  10. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles Avatar
    Brenda @ a farmgirl’s dabbles

    I love, love, love steel cut oats! But I have yet to try chia seeds, thanks for the great idea to test them out!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      They are crunchy and addictive – perfect to add into anything! I hope you love them as much as we do.

  11. ashley - baker by nature Avatar
    ashley – baker by nature

    I have a major ingredient crush on Chia seeds! I would go gaga for a bowl of this right now ;)

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      HA!! So do I!!!

  12. Ali | Gimme Some Oven Avatar
    Ali | Gimme Some Oven

    Love all of those chia seeds! And a big cheers to the return of strawberry season!! :)

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I stole these beauties from Florida but the season has to start somewhere right?? :)

  13. claire @ the realistic nutritionist Avatar
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist

    Steel cut oats!!! They make me smile and remind me of Bob :)

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Awww Bob. I heart him.

  14. EA-The Spicy RD Avatar
    EA-The Spicy RD

    Loving this super easy recipe to start the day off right! And, of course I have jumped on the chia seed bandwagon :-)

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Of course you have!!!! They are the best. :)

  15. Alyssa (Everyday Maven) Avatar
    Alyssa (Everyday Maven)

    Yum, what a great breakfast – I bet your son devoured this!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Of course he did. ;-) How did you know?

  16. addie | culicurious Avatar
    addie | culicurious

    oh this looks yummy, Liz :) I love steel cut oats. I’ll have to try something like this!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I do too – they are so good and chewy!

  17. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough Avatar
    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

    I just bought chia seeds for the very first time the other day — now I know what to do with them! YUM.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Oooo good! You’ll love them. I sprinkle on everything – oatmeal, cold cereal, smoothies, etc. Great crunch factor.

  18. Sheila Avatar
    Sheila

    This is my kind of breakfast!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Me too sista!!!

  19. Tieghan Avatar
    Tieghan

    I can not wait for strawberry season! This oatmeal is almost to pretty to eat! Almost.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Me too!!!! We are a few months away so I had to borrow these from Florida. ;-)

  20. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch Avatar
    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch

    We love steel oats at our house! These look amazing with the strawberries (another fave) and bananas!!! Must try with the chia seeds too! xoxo

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thank you so much!! I’m addicted to the crunch of the chia!!

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