Peaches n “Cream” Steel Cut Oatmeal with Chia Seeds

Maple Walnut Steel Cut Oatmeal with Yogurt, Peaches and Chia Seeds |

Anyone else feel an Enya-like sense of peace during the transition from summer to fall?  We begin taking our snuggies out of the closet as the nights become cool. Crock pots come out of the pantry and live on the counter top. People are less feisty, teenagers are less noisy…TV becomes good again (this is an uneducated guess considering I haven’t had cable in like…17 years) ::sigh:: the month of September will henceforth be called, Enya.

My favorite part about the month of Enya: the weather is cool enough to eat hot food again but summer produce is still available. We’re nearing the tail-end of peach season, which is by far my favorite season. Ripe drippy peaches plus oatmeal is a thing of beauty.

Maple Walnut Steel Cut Oatmeal with Yogurt, Peaches, and Chia Seeds |

Saturday began with a pot of coffee and steel cut oatmeal with yogurt, pure maple syrup, walnuts, chia seeds, and the ripest, most drippy peach California has ever seen.

Remember when I posted the Coconut Chia Seed Pudding recipe, how I was all wonker megalomaniacal about it and was going all sappy Sally over chia seeds?  I’ve been experimenting with uses for my chia pets and have decided they are fabulous on oatmeal. High in omega 3’s, fun poppy texture…chia pets are the coolest pets ever…unless you have a real pet, in which case, real pets trump food pets every time.

Maple Walnut Steel Cut Oatmeal with Yogurt, Peaches, and Chia Seeds |

Between last week’s Carrot Ginger Smoothie post where you learned just how much of a granola muncher I am, and today’s post in which I have touted the good name of Enya more times than a Bone Thugs N Harmony song, you’re starting to see my true colors shining through (don’t pretend like what I just said makes sense…some things are better left nonsensical).

Let your month of Enya be a steel cut oats month. Let it be full of chia seeds and ripe drippy peaches, snuggies, and TV shows that I’ve never heard of. Let your belly be comforted and your soul be…Enya-ified. Let’s do this. Let’s eat food.

Maple Walnut Steel Cut Oatmeal with Yogurt, Peaches and Chia Seeds |

Steel Cut Oatmeal with Yogurt, Peaches, and Chia Seeds

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Author: Julia


For Serving:


  1. In a medium-sized saucepan, bring 1 cup of steel cut oats, 2 cups of water, and 1 cup of full-fat canned coconut milk to a full boil (watch carefully or else the pot will boil over!). Reduce heat to a simmer and cook uncovered for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until water is absorbed and oatmeal reaches desired texture.
  2. Add the sea salt, vanilla extract, chopped peach, and maple syrup to the oatmeal and stir well.
  3. When ready to serve, pour oatmeal into bowls and divide the chopped walnuts and chia seeds among the bowls. Serve with desired amount of plain yogurt, pure maple syrup, and milk of choice to taste.

Maple Walnut Steel Cut Oatmeal with Yogurt, Peaches, and Chia Seeds |


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  1. Julie

    Well, here in good ol’ Illinois, it’s supposed to be 97 today. That’s right. We’re in a steam bath. Supposedly, it’s supposed to be 74 by Saturday (when you are here for the Pumpkin Festival-haha), so a bowl of oatmeal will be perfect. I hadn’t thought to put my giant bag of chia seeds that I bought at Costco on our oatmeal, so this is great timing. Have a good week.

    1. Julia Post author

      Sheesh! As much as I’m holding onto summer, 97 is a little too toasty for me right now…and all that humidity! Let me know what other fun creations you come up with for chia seeds…the only idea I have right now is to sprinkle them on salads….booooooriiiiiiiiing. 😉 You have a great week, too!

      1. Julie

        It was HOT today. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh. Plus, it’s been over a month since it’s rained. We have craters in our flower beds. Enough with the whining. I have a friend that puts these chia seeds in just about all of her baked goods–like muffins and such-not. I haven’t gotten brave enough to do that, which is why I still have a giant bag of Costco chia seeds in my pantry. I need to figure out something. I put them in my smoothies and feel healthy, but that’s a whole lot of smoothies to use up this bag. I’ll start with the oatmeal and go from there. Oh, crap. It’s a hard multiplication problem and my mind is fried. Let’s hope this goes through 🙂

  2. dishing up the dirt

    Girl, we are getting a REALLY late start to the farm today because I am making oatmeal for the first time in ages. This sounds perfect. Love the combination of warm oatmeal and fresh peaches. Lovely!

  3. Annie @ Natural Sweet Recipes

    This looks divine! I love love love chia seeds now too, and this is a great way to enjoy them! I love the idea. And the Enya/T.V. remarks. haha, I haven’t had T.V. forever too, but I do have Hulu and Amazon prime. Kiiinda excited for Downton Abby and Nashville to start back up! 🙂 If you don’t watch either of those, they are seriously worth a shot!! 🙂

  4. Kari@Loaves n Dishes

    It’s still too hot for snuggies, but I eat oatmeal any time of year. I especially love the texture of steel cut oats, how they retain a little bite which is perfect with soft peaches and maple yogurt!

  5. Abby

    oh my, just lovely photos!! esp that last one – that bowl is for me isn’t it? 🙂 certainly is calling my name!! I just bought a box of steel cut oats! Now to get my hands on those chia pets…err…seeds…

  6. stephie @ EYHO

    I love making a big pot of steel cut oats on a Sunday evening and then reheating them throughout the week. Usually I throw dried fruit in there (nommmmmity nom dried figs!) but peaches? PLEASEEEEEEE.

  7. Jennie @themessybakerblog

    I just busted out my oatmeal pot last week. Yup, I have an oatmeal pot. Fall=oatmeal season. I make enough steel cut oats to last an entire week. I store the creamy mixture in individual containers, add the mix-ins the morning of, and take it to work. I love that you added yogurt and chia seeds. I happen to have a 2lb bag of seeds in my pantry. Not sure what possessed me to buy such a gigantic bag. This will me on my menu for breakfast next week.

  8. Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens

    You are so right that the month of Enya has so many comforting aspects – like a cozy hug, right!?! Honestly, though, Enya is not my fave of all months – I adore the promise of late spring and the exuberance of summer (I’m sort of a spaz, so that actually fits my personality 😀 ). Regardless, I do love many of the things Enya has to offer, and steel cut oats and peaches are pretty high on that list. Add awesome chia seeds, and this recipe is a slam dunk! Fabulous!!!

    1. Julia Post author

      You crack me up! My favorite time of year is late spring, early summer, too. I’m having a hard time letting go of the warm weather, and am squeezing out as much outdoor enjoyment as I can before the snow comes 🙂

  9. Kelly @

    I saw this on Pinterest and just DROOLED. I’m always too lazy to make an effort in the morning for breakfast, but I’m pinning this and showing my guy to put the bug in his ear. 🙂 Thank you for this!

    1. mar

      Julia, please ignore my previous comment: the link to your post is now visible, even though only those who remember to scroll the mouse over the picture can see it.

  10. Britt Kraus

    This sounds like a delicious recipe, and I don’t even care for peaches that much…. But for real, I don’t know which I dig more– the recipe or your awesomely hilarious use of words… I was LOLing throughout… Good stuff

  11. Jan

    I thought steel cut oats were NOT gluten-free, but they are listed here under gluten-free foods. Please clarify……thanks!

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