Steel Cut Oats with Cranberries and Pear

Steel Cut Oats with Cranberries and Pear

This hearty, whole grain oatmeal recipe for Steel Cut Oats with Cranberries and Pear, which includes simmered cranberries, pears, spices, pecans and chia seeds, is a seasonal take on a healthy delicious breakfast. Make a big pot and enjoy these steel cut oats bowls over the next few days warmed up, with a splash of your favorite plant-based milk, for a healthy breakfast on the run. I use fresh cranberries in this recipe, when they are in season. But you can easily swap this out for frozen or dried cranberries when fresh are not available. This gluten-free, vegan recipe is just packed with plant protein, slow-digesting carbs, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, and powerful antioxidant compounds for a great start to your day. Learn more about cooking with fresh cranberries here.

Steel Cut Oats with Cranberries and Pear

How to Cook Steel Cut Oats?

It’s easy. Just combine 1 cup of dried oats right out of the bag with 4 cups of water in a small pan, and cook for about 30 minutes, until they are tender. I like mine a little on the crunchy side, so you can start testing doneness at about 25 minutes, and just keep cooking them until they have achieved your desired texture. Stir them every once in awhile to keep from sticking. After they are cooked, you can top them with your desired toppings, such as fruits, nuts, seeds, and plant-based milk.

Steel Cut Oats with Cranberries and Pear

Steel Cut Oats vs Rolled Oats

They are both made from healthy whole grain oats, however I find that steel cut oats retain their crunchiness a bit more in dishes like porridge. If you’re looking for a softer product, go with rolled oats.

Steel Cut Oats with Cranberries and Pear

Are Steel Cut Oats Gluten-Free?

Naturally, oats are a gluten-free grain. However, in today’s agricultural and food processing system, the chance of contamination with a gluten-containing grain like wheat on the farm and processing plant is high. That’s why you should look for a gluten-free certified product if you must avoid gluten.

Steel Cut Oats with Cranberries and Pear

Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

You can easily make them (including this recipe) in an Instant Pot. Just allow your Instant Pot to come to pressure, select 4 minutes for the cooking cycle, and 20 minutes for the pressure to naturally release. Another option is to select the “porridge” setting of your Instant Pot, and then let the pressure release when the cook cycle has finished.

Steel Cut Oats with Cranberries and Pear



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Make the most amazing, healthy seasonal oatmeal recipe with this vegan, gluten-free Steel Cut Oats with Cranberries and Pear recipe. You can even make it in the Instant Pot!

  1. Place water in a medium pot and bring water to a boil.
  2. Add oats and stir well.
  3. Add pear, cranberries, and spices, stir well, cover, and cook over medium heat for 20 minutes. Stir occasionally to avoid sticking.
  4. Add pecans, chia seeds, and maple syrup and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Sample texture of porridge. If it is still too chewy, cook for an additional 5-10 minutes, until it achieves desired texture, stirring frequently.
  5. Divide among four bowls (about 1 3/4 cups per serving) and enjoy with plant-based milk, if desired.


Store leftover servings in an airtight container in the refrigerator and reheat in the microwave or over the stove as needed. For best storage results, reserve pecans to add after heating to avoid sogginess.

Instant Pot Directions: Place all ingredients in the container of the Instant Pot. Press “Porridge” setting. Cook according to manufacturer’s directions.

Slow cooker Directions: Place all ingredients in the container of the Slow cooker. Cook on high for 4-6 hours or on low for 8-12 hours. Cook according to manufacturer’s directions.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 550
  • Sugar: 15 g
  • Sodium: 11 mg
  • Fat: 35 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 56 g
  • Protein: 10 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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For other oat recipes, check out some of my favorites:

Carrot Cake Overnight Oats
Savory Oatmeal with Spinach, Mushrooms, and Tofu
Vegan Overnight Oats with Figs and Walnuts
Pumpkin Overnight Oats
Healthy Trail Mix Homemade Oatmeal

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