The Hot Plate’s Tropical Steel Cut Oatmeal

When it’s cold outside, this creamy oatmeal with coconut milk and tropical fruits is warm, comforting and dairy-free!

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Tropical Steel Cut Oatmeal

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 4

1 cup steel cut oats
1 2/3 cups water
1 can coconut milk
Pinch salt
1 Tablespoon brown sugar (approximately)
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup finely chopped pineapple
1/3 cup finely chopped mango
1/3 cup finely chopped banana
1/3 cup finely chopped strawberries
1/4 cup chopped cashews, toasted
1/4 cup toasted coconut flakes


  1. Pour water in medium saucepan set over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Stir in coconut milk. When mixture comes to a simmer, stir in oats and salt.
  2. Reduce heat to low. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 25 to 30 minutes or until tender and you like the consistency. Let stand covered, for 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in brown sugar, vanilla and cinnamon. Divide equally into 4 serving dishes. Toss pineapple with mango, banana and strawberries. Top oatmeal with fruit mixture, cashews and toasted coconut. Serve with additional brown sugar if desired.


  • Use your favourite tropical fruits to top the oatmeal: try melon, papaya, kiwi or guava.

amanda riva Amanda Riva is the host of The Hot Plate, a free online cooking show dedicated to inspiring culinary confidence in new cooks. The Hot Plate also offers regular cooking tips and advice, how-tos, and information on seasonal ingredients. 

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