Gingerbread Steel Cut Oats

This recipe was one of those wonderful happy accidents. Last week I decided to make another batch of my Indian Spiced Oats with Coconut Milk but got lazy when looking for the brown sugar and grabbed a jar of molasses that was right in front of me. I never expected the result to be so soul-warmingly delicious! Molasses has such a deep rich flavor that is almost as savory as it is sweet. The thick, hearty, chewy steel-cut oats seemed as if they were just made to be molasses’s canvas. I decided to add the classic gingerbread spices (ground ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves) to round out the flavor of the oatmeal and added raisins for a touch of sweetness and texture variation. This oatmeal is just begging for some cold creamy milk to be poured on top (think gingerbread cookies and milk) so hopefully you’re a “milk on your oats” type of person. If not, I’m sure it will still be great!

Gingerbread Steel Cut Oats

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Gingerbread Steel-cut Oats

Gingerbread steel cut oats have all of the flavor of your favorite cookie but in a bowl full of healthful goodness!
Author: Beth - Budget Bytes
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
Servings: 4


  • 1 cup uncooked steel-cut oats ($0.70)
  • 1/2 tsp salt ($0.05)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon ($0.10)
  • 1 tsp ground ginger ($0.10)
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg ($0.05)
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves ($0.05)
  • 1/3 cup dark molasses ($0.78)
  • 1/2 cup raisins ($0.31)


  • In a medium pot, bring 4 cups of water to a rolling boil. Once it reaches a boil pour in the uncooked steel-cut oats. Stir with a spoon and reduce the heat to low.
  • As the oats simmer on low, stir in the salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves. Let the oats simmer until it is to your desired thickness (20-30 minutes).
  • Once the oats have thickened sufficiently, turn off the heat and stir in the molasses. Place one cup of oats in a bowl and top with 1/4 cup of raisins (or portion out all four cups into resealable containers, top with raisins and refrigerate for quick reheatable breakfasts later in the week).
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Serving: 1 ServingCalories: 216.6 kcalCarbohydrates: 50.1 gProtein: 3.3 gFat: 1.53 gSodium: 309.25 mgFiber: 3.23 g
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Sorry there are no step-by-step photos but I thought pictures of boiling water would be a little… boring :)