Recipe: Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats with Quinoa, Pecans and Maple Syrup

I think breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. And I love going out to eat for breakfast when vegan options are available.

Especially when donuts are involved!

PVDonuts in Providence Rhode Island
Glam Doll Donuts in Minneapolis, Minnesota

I am a fan of more than just donuts, however.

Sometimes I am actually feeling quite savory.

Great Maine Breakfast in Bar Harbor, Maine

Basically, I love trying new things!

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And although I’m much more of an eat local, ‘mom and pop’ type of girl, whenever we are on the road traveling, and time is of the essence, there are exactly two places we tend to go.

1.) Starbucks

Oatmeal was my go-to for many years. If I could score a banana to slice up and stir in, in addition to nuts and blueberries, I was one happy girl. If no banana, I’d just opt for the nuts and blueberries.

Not bad, but the highlight was the coffee.


Note the ambiance.

This is where I typically eat that oatmeal.

By the time I have everything stirred in, Reed has already eaten his breakfast. I’m not complaining. Eating helps pass the miles.

A few months ago, I discovered this:


Total breakfast-on-the-road game changer. Not as easy to eat in the car however.

2.) Panera

It’s my opinion that Panera’s oatmeal > than Starbucks. It could be that it’s served in a real bowl. Or more likely, it could be that it’s made with steel cut oats.

At any rate, I really enjoy Panera’s oatmeal. So a few weeks ago, when I was in a breakfast rut, I began wondering why I hadn’t tried duplicating it at home.

So I did.

After quite a few experiments, I came up with what I feel is even better oatmeal than Panera’s!

Ingredients: steel cut oats, quinoa, nut milk, apple, pecans, cinnamon and maple syrup.
Toast the oats.
Add quinoa,  ‘almost boiling water’ and milk of choice.
Simmer for about 20-25 minutes.
Add apple and cinnamon and let the apple soften up a bit.
Serve with pecans and maple syrup.


Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats with Quinoa, Pecans, and Maple Syrup

Serves 2

1/2 c. steel cut oats

2 T. quinoa

1 c. water

3/4 c. milk

1/2 apple, chopped (I peeled mine, but you wouldn’t have to)

1/4 t. cinnamon


maple syrup

Heat water until almost boiling. While this is happening, put oats in a medium size sauce pan on medium high heat and stir around until fragrant. Then, add quinoa, water and milk. If it’s not simmering at this point, bring it to a simmer. Cook for about 20-25 minutes. Once most of the liquid is absorbed, and it becomes creamy looking, add the apples and cinnamon. Give it a stir and turn off the stove. Leave the pan on the burner long enough to soften up the apple. Finally, spoon into a dish and top with pecans and maple syrup.

4 thoughts on “Recipe: Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats with Quinoa, Pecans and Maple Syrup

    1. Hey Chris! No oil…just dry oats in the pan. Stir constantly until it smells ‘toasty’. And I edited the recipe to reflect when to add the quinoa. Hope you are doing well my friend. And let me know if you try the recipe! Always looking for feedback!


  1. I just love that you eat in the car! My husband always looks askance at me when I say I am going to do it! I have to be careful about wrapper crinkling and crumbs:)

    I have been on a savory kick lately but when I go back to sweet I think I am going to try your recipe. Why haven’t I combined quinoa and oats before? They have similar cooking times. Did you add the quinoa to the oats to cook them together or did you add the quinoa as a crunchy topping? I wasn’t sure but thought maybe they went in with the oats to cook.

    II laughed a bit about you being in shorts still. Our weather here has been very warm, much longer than I would have expected. It’s chilly in the AM but I have been in a t-shirt with the doors open, no problem.

    Hope you are well. Thank you for the recipe.

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    1. Hey Libby! I edited the recipe to reflect when to add the quinoa! Let me know if you give it a try!

      Ha! My husband and I are both neat freaks, so the eating in the car takes a lot of talent! The bagel is close to impossible, but it can be done! 🙂

      Take care, my friend!


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