By Mayo Clinic Staff

Dietitian's tip:

Steel-cut oats make a creamy, delicious oatmeal. If you have time, toast the walnuts to bring out their flavor. Try substituting other dried fruits — raisins, apricots or apples — for the cranberries.

Number of servings

Serves 4


  1. 1 cup steel-cut oats
  2. 1/3 cup sweetened dried cranberries
  3. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  4. 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  5. 2 cups water
  6. 4 teaspoons chopped walnuts
  7. 4 teaspoons firmly packed brown sugar


In a saucepan, combine the oats, cranberries, salt, cinnamon and water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to low and simmer, uncovered, until the oats are tender, about 20 minutes.

Spoon the oatmeal into warmed individual bowls and sprinkle each serving with 1 teaspoon of the walnuts and 1 teaspoon of the brown sugar. Serve immediately.

Nutritional analysis per serving

Serving size :About 1 cup

  • Total carbohydrate 39 g
  • Dietary fiber 5 g
  • Sodium 150 mg
  • Saturated fat 1 g
  • Total fat 4 g
  • Cholesterol 0 mg
  • Protein 5 g
  • Monounsaturated fat 1 g
  • Calories 212

This recipe is one of 150 recipes collected in The New Mayo Clinic Cookbook, published by Mayo Clinic Health Information and Oxmoor House, and winner of the 2005 James Beard award.

Jun. 30, 2012