Plum Crunch Steel Cut Oats

Plum Crunch Steel Cut Oats are easing my transition back to reality. We just returned from a month abroad in France, so at the moment, reality looks a lot like laundry piles, an intimidating collection of unread emails, and the stinky carton of buttermilk I forgot to toss before we left.Plum Crunch Steel Cut OatsIf I said I’m loving being back in my routine at home, I would be lying. I knew that eating chocolate chip brioche, raspberry macarons, and just the tiniest of butter caramels for breakfast every morning couldn’t last forever (at least not if my pants have anything to say about it) but part of me can’t help wishing that it could.

In France, I spent four glorious weeks devouring some of the best sweets, meats, breads, and cheeses the world has to offer, whenever and wherever I craved them. Chocolate truffles at 10 a.m.? Why not. Afternoon pastry run? Of course. A giant plate of prosciutto, salami, and buffalo mozzarella? Let’s call it dinner, extra mozzarella, please.

My body and bank account need a return to a healthier routine, but I am by no means willing to give up the sense of indulgence that I adored in France. (Plus, I have two boxes of caramels and chocolates I carried home on the plane to enjoy.) Enter Plum Crunch Steel Cut Oats, a wholesome breakfast that tastes like a treat. Hearty steel cut oats topped with roasted plums and crunchy granola, this dish is sassy, earthy, and fabulously fruity.

Plum Crunch Steel Cut Oats // Well-Plated

Roasted Plum Crunch OatmealEvery summer, I lose all sense of quantity judgment and buy a small farm’s worth of peaches, cherries, and plums. Their season is cruelly short, and I see it as my duty to consume 365 days worth in a few weeks. At the moment, I’m working my way through a six-pound bag of the lot. (A hint of recipes to come perhaps?)Plum Crunch Steel Cut Oats with Granola RecipePlums are a gorgeous fruit, and I feel they don’t always receive the attention they deserve. Although plums are wonderful fresh, I love the way roasting them with honey and olive oil intensifies their flavor. Plus, the juices that run out as they bake turn into a sticky fruit “butter” that’s ripe for scraping and drizzling over the top of the steel cut oats—or for devouring directly with a spoon.Healthy Homemade Granola with OatmealOn the same pan I roast the plums, I toast up a freaky-fast batch of healthy homemade granola. My recipe calls for oats, walnuts, coconut, and cinnamon. I like this recipe because it uses only a little honey and healthy fats, and I tweaked it to roast at the same time/temperature as the plums. It’s also addictive. I had to beat Ben away from the pan to have enough left for the picture.Roasted Plums with Steel Cut Oats and Healthy GranolaIf making granola seems like too much work for a bowl of oatmeal (I promise it’s worth it!), feel free to use store bought, or swap your own favorite homemade granola recipe.

Now, if you find oatmeal a bit, um, boring, I dare you a) try this recipe and b) jazz it up! In fact, I along with Bob’s Red Mill—maker of my favorite oatmeal, quick-cooking steel cut oatsdouble dog dare you. Right now, Bob’s Red Mill is hosting the Spar for the Spurtle, a recipe contest that will award $5,000 to the creator of the most inventive, yummy oatmeal recipe. Visit the Spar for the Spurtle Facebook page to learn more and enter your recipe to win!Spar for the Spurtle

To further spread the oatmeal love, I’m teaming up with Bob’s for a Spar for the Spurtle giveaway! One lucky reader will win a package of Bob’s Red Mill Steel Cut Oats and a beautiful hand-turned spurtle.

**Giveaway ended. Thank you to all who entered and congrats to the winner!**

Plum Crunch Steel Cut Oats RecipeAlthough my vacation has come to an end, Plum Crunch Steel Cut Oats are a sweet reminder that arriving home from a food-focused vacation doesn’t mean I’m leaving lovely meals behind. On Sunday, a made a big batch of roasted plums, granola, and steel cut oats, then stored them separately to quickly heat up individual oatmeal bowls before work. Honestly, returning to my desk would have been far more painful without this wonderful, satisfying start to my day. Maybe I will survive my inbox after all.

Plum Crunch Steel Cut Oats

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
Steel cut oats topped with honey roasted plums and crunchy homemade granola. A healthy, satisfying, and absolutely delectable way to start your day.


For the Plums:

  • 4 whole ripe plums — (halved and pitted)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

For the Granola Crunch:

  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup walnut halves, — coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut — (optional but delicious)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

For the Steel Cut Oats


  1. Place rack in the upper third of oven and preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat mat. Place the plums cut-side up to one side of the baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and honey, then sprinkle with cinnamon.
  2. Place the old fashioned rolled oats, walnuts, coconut, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl. Drizzle with honey and olive oil, then toss until evenly moistened. Spread in a single layer on the open side of the baking sheet beside the plums. Place the baking sheet in the oven and roast for 12-15 minutes, until the plums begin to bubble and the granola is lightly golden and fragrant.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare the steel cut oats. In a large saucepan, bring the water and salt to a boil. Add the steel cut oats. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 5 to 7 minutes, cooking to the desired thickness and chewiness and stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 2 minutes.
  4. To serve: Spoon 1/4 of the steel cut oats into each bowl. Top with milk (if desired), roasted plums, a sprinkle of granola, and an extra drizzle of honey. Enjoy immediately.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Oatmeal Recipe, Plum Crunch Steel Cut Oats

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About Erin Clarke

I’m fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible. Wearer of plaid, travel enthusiast, and firmly convinced that sweets and veggies both deserve a place at the table. MORE ABOUT ERIN…


  1. You know, I ADORE plums…but I somehow forget about them every summer. I haven’t even eaten one this year yet. But, I do love me some oats so I am thinking that needs to change. Although after that butter caramel for breakfast talk, I’m tempted to drizzle a little caramel sauce on top..;) pinned!

  2. I like my oatmeal with bananas, dried cranberries, flaxseeds, chia seeds, cooked quinoa (I make this ahead of time and keep it in the fridge), walnuts and a heavy drizzle of honey!

  3. I’ve never really enjoyed cooked oatmeal so I’d have to say my favorite way is baked into a batch of cookies :)

  4. I enjoy my oatmeal with applesauce, nutmeg and vanilla in it.

  5. These oats look amazing! I love that you added plums in…such an underrated fruit! :) Looks like the perfect breakfast!

  6. Fav way to enjoy oatmeal is just classic: bit of brown sugar, drop of milk, and done. My son calls it “boring oatmeal” because it doesn’t have dinosaurs or tons of sugar, but it’s just what I think of when I think oatmeal.

  7. I’m obsessed with plums right now. Roasting them is such a great idea! Also, I love the addition of the crunchy granola to the oatmeal. This is no typical morning breakfast! I’m usually a baked oatmeal girl, but I can’t wait to try this variation!

  8. I love cold overnight oats with yogurt, almond milk, and fresh fruit!

  9. I could eat this daily!! Welcome home!

  10. I love oatmeal with blueberries, raisins and banana!

  11. Your sojourn to France sounds like a dream, Erin! Sweets for breakfast and extra mozzarella included. :) Plums are one of those foods that I love but never seem to remember to bring home from the store. I think that needs to change – this oatmeal looks incredible! You had me at sticky fruit “butter” – yummm.

  12. I cook my steel cut oatmeal with a grated apple. I add a little cinnamon and then serve over fresh fruit. Delicious and healthy!

  13. Yum!! I keep eyeing the plums in the grocery store – this is making me wish I had picked out a few! I love oatmeal with blueberries, cinnamon and raisins!

  14. Yum! I just bought I giant bag of plums from the farmer’s market so I’ll have to try this. I eat my oatmeal based off the season. In the summer, soaked overnight in milk and yogurt with berries and in the fall, it’s warm with pumpkin and cinnamon with a drizzle of honey!

  15. I love steel cut oats! Oatmeal is a nearly daily breakfast for me – today’s is a homemade quick oats packet with cinnamon, brown sugar, sunflower seeds, diced dried dates, and freeze dried apples. It’s so easy to make my packets on the weekend and take them into work, where I tip the contents into a cup, add hot water, and in 5 minutes, I have a tasty hot nutritious and cheap breakfast. Can’t beat that!

  16. I love oatmeal with flaxseeds, coconut and a little dark chocolate (which gets all melted). Yum!

  17. Welcome back Erin!
    I have been on a steel cut oats kick – and pairing them with plums and a crunchy topping – why thats just marvelously decadent!
    Awesome giveaway too – thanks for hosting!

  18. My husband could eat a plum every day and we all could eat peaches, nectarines and cherries every day. I have never thought about adding them to oatmeal.

  19. Love the roasted plums! I need to switch up my breakfast routine with these oats!

  20. Favorite… just basic. Cooked, stir in brown sugar, top with butter (let it melt) then a splash of cream. Nothing fancy, but soooo good!

  21. Actually, I don’t like oatmeal but I would be willing to try it again in this recipe.

  22. I love oatmeal warmed with unsweetened almond milk and a sliced banana. I then mix in a tbsp of veggie protein powder, cocoa powder, a few dashes of cinnamon, and a tbsp of all-natural peanut butter. I like to add fresh blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, or blackberries on top.

  23. I like to add plain oats to my bowl of fresh fruit and yogurt in the morning!

  24. I eat my oatmeal with brown sugar and milk.

  25. This looks simply amazing!

  26. Apples and cinnamon

  27. I soak oats and coconut milk overnight and in the morning add fresh fruit and nuts, and a little more coconut if its dry.

  28. I often like to eat dry oatmeal. I know that is weird, but I like it. Cooked I like with butter and brown sugar.

  29. Love it with a little sugar and fresh strawberries. So tasty!

  30. I love oatmeal with coconut milk and strawberries!

  31. I like my oatmeal with a little milk, brown sugar and dried fruit!

  32. Oof, unpacking and settling back into everyday life after a vacation is never easy… but I think you’re onto something with these steel cut oats! This recipe just made me realize I have yet to eat a single plum this summer – this needs to be remedied ASAP!

  33. I love baked oatmeal with cinnamon, cardamom, coconut milk, apples, and pecans.

  34. I like it with cinnamon and apples! I also love to make Apple Oatmeal Breakfast cookies!

  35. Love my oatmeal with strawberries and milk!

  36. Welcome home again!

    I don’t think oatmeal is boring at all! I think it’s best with just a dab of milk, a little bit of cinnamon, and maybe a quick splash of vanilla. Gives is a “cookie” feel but still healthy. You must be going through vacation withdrawal!! So hard to come home from an awesome trip.

  37. I have oatmeal every morning with one half of a banana and some raisins. I love it. I sometimes put a little brown sugar on it.

  38. I love to make my oatmeal with french vanilla coffee creamer!

  39. in cookies

  40. My favorite way to eat oatmeal is in cookies! When I have it for breakfast I like it simple…with cinnamon and brown sugar.

  41. My favorite way to eat oatmeal is with bananas, walnuts, and a little cinnamon.

  42. I cannot eat plums or fruit in general anymore, but I remember them being BOMB! :)

  43. It’s tough getting back into your normal routine after a vacation, hopefully this oatmeal is helping a bit :) I am a total sucker for oatmeal and it sounds all kinds of amazing with the roasted plums and crunchy granola topping! Pinning :)

  44. A wholesome breakfast! I can’t get enough of oatmeal these days.

  45. Cheryl Abdelnour Reply

    We all love granola, oatmeal cookies, and apple crisp.

  46. I still can’t believe you’re back already! I feel like you were just talking about leaving! I’m sure it’s so hard to get back into the swing of things, heck, I have a hard time getting back into the swing of things after a long weekend! These oats look delicious, and the pics are so beautiful!

  47. Welcome back, Erin! Loved seeing all of your photos on IG. . what a glorious trip you had!! so when does the big move begin?

  48. I love this combination and cannot wait to make it. I also totally lose judgment on how much fruit I’m buying! My favorite way to enjoy oatmeal is with vanilla almond butter :)

  49. I love oatmeal with raisins and one half banana.

  50. Welcome back Erin! Settling back in after such an amazing vacation can’t be easy. These oats are gorgeous though…my favourite oats are in granola or mixed with butter in cookies, but with plums sounds like a very good idea.

  51. These oats look amazing! Loving the flavours!

  52. I like to eat oatmeal with peanut butter or fresh berries in the summer.

  53. I have been totally obsessed with plums this year, the ones at my grocery have just been hum ho, but the ones at the farmers market have been AMAZING! Like, so amazing that I bought four pounds last week! ha! This looks great, can’t wait to try!

  54. YUM! This looks so delicious! What a fun recipe! YUMMY and healthy! Win win :)

  55. Michelle Jensen Reply

    I am addicted to crockpot oats! I put steel cut oats in the crockpot with 3 cups liquid to 1 cup oats and add apples, cranberries, and raisins…Set it and forget it until the morning! For the leftovers you just add a splash of milk and heat them up. So easy and yummy!!

  56. I love to use oats in overnight oatmeal recipes with fruit and yogurt.

  57. I love oatmeal for breakfast – sometimes it’s overnight oats, sometimes I cook them on the stove top! Either way they are one of my favorite foods!

  58. I’ve tried to like hot oatmeal. But still not a fan. I do love it in homemade granola, cookies, and a few loaf cake recipes (one being an Applesauce Oatmeal Bread from King Arthur Flour.

    Great pics!! Your trip sounded incredible! Now that your DH has graduated, are you staying in the area or off to someplace new?

    • Granola, cookies, and loaf cake are three of my favorite ways to enjoy oatmeal too Betsy! I am definitely going to have to check out that applesauce oatmeal bread. We are actually moving to a new city once Ben starts work in the fall, but still staying in Wisconsin. No bar exam + family was a hard argument to beat. That and the fried cheese curds that are practically a state cuisine ;-)

  59. It’s almost time for my oatmeal and banana and some raisins. I love it.

  60. I love steel-cut oatmeal with brown sugar and half and half … but I only treat myself a few times a year. Most days I add toasted nuts of some kind and raisins.

  61. I like to make baked oatmeal with mashed bananas and blueberries – great for breakfast or an on the go snack!

  62. I love oatmeal with bananas and a squirt of honey

  63. I love making baked oatmeal in my single serve ramakin!

  64. I have oatmeal every single day! Its awesome with a little cinnamon, and some apple chunks :)

  65. I like oatmeal with honey, PB, raisins and banana.

  66. Almost every morning, except some Saturdays and Sundays, we enjoy oatmeal with bananas and raisins.

  67. My favorite way to enjoy oatmeal in winter is Black Forest oatmeal. In summer I like a wide variety of overnight oats recipes. Thanks to all the wonderful bloggers who have turned me on to overnight oats – and the recipe I use in winter – I now actually like oatmeal for the first time in my life.

  68. This is plum gorgeous! Get it? ;) xo

  69. I love oatmeal and have it every morning for breakfast. It’s also great as a topping for crisps and as a filler for stuffings.

  70. Cindy Conner Bowling Reply

    I like my oatmeal in homemade Oatmeal Scotchie cookies.

  71. I love banana, almond butter and sunflower seeds

  72. Love oatmeal and have it every morning for breakfast.

  73. I just used oatmeal in some healthy chocolate truffles.

  74. I love oatmeal in my homemade granola!

  75. I love my morning oatmeal with chia seeds, agave, cinnamon and a spoonful of peanut butter!

  76. I love oatmeal for breakfast every morning with bananas and raisins.

  77. I am an oatmeal junkie. I’m currently devouring soft batch oatmeal breakfast bars, so they’re my favorite for this week!

  78. Love oatmeal with strawberries

  79. I love oatmeal in the morning. That’s my favorite way to enjoy it: with mom and a cuppa tea.

  80. I like my oatmeal with cream and brown sugar.

  81. This oatmeal looks amazing!!

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