Creamy Steel-Cut Oats with Dried Cherries and Almonds

Serving Size: 6
Total Time:

Steel-cut oats are whole-grain oats that are simply chopped, so they’re super-nutritious and have a great chew. Chef Marco Canora likes to simmer them in whole milk and almond milk with sweet spices for a breakfast with staying power.


  • 0.5 cup dried sour cherries
  • 1 Tbsp pure maple syrup, plus more for drizzling
  • 0.25 tsp kosher salt, plus more for seasoning
  • 0.25 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup steel-cut oats
  • 1 cup unsweetened, unflavored almond milk
  • 1 cup whole milk or cream
  • 0.25 cup sliced almonds, plus more for topping


  1. In a small bowl, cover the dried sour cherries with warm water and let stand until plumped and softened, about 15 minutes. Drain the cherries and discard the soaking water.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, combine the whole milk, almond milk and 1 cup of water and bring to a boil. Stir ?in the oats, cinnamon, ginger, ?allspice and the 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Cover and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the oats are al dente and the porridge is creamy, 20 minutes.
  3. Stir in the cherries, maple syrup and almonds and season with salt. Serve topped with more maple syrup and almonds.

MAKE AHEAD: The porridge can be refrigerated for up to 2 days. Reheat gently with more milk or cream to loosen as necessary.

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Recipe Credit: Marco Canora
Image Credit: Con Poulos