Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr
Hands-on Time
15 Mins
Total Time
8 Hours 20 Mins
Serves 4

The night before: Prepare blueberry mixture through step 1. Prepare oats through step 2.

In the morning: Cook blueberry compote. Finish oatmeal.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine blueberries, sugar, rind, juice, and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon in a medium bowl; toss to coat. Refrigerate.

Step 2

Bring 4 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, oats, and salt; cook 1 minute. Remove oat mixture from heat, cover, and refrigerate in pan overnight.

Step 3

Bring blueberry mixture to a boil in a small saucepan over high heat. Cook 6 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring frequently. Bring oat mixture to a boil over medium-high heat; cook 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring frequently. Add butter to oat mixture. Spoon 3/4 cup oatmeal into each of 4 bowls; top each serving with 1/4 cup blueberry compote.

Chef's Notes

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Also appeared in: All You, None, 2014,Back to School Special

Ratings & Reviews

Ameliap's Review

September 03, 2013
I just made this and it is excellent. I used a frozen mixed berry combo and used grated orange zest from my spices since I did not have a lemon on hand. Really delicious and a nice way to start the morning.

IzzyBizzy's Review

February 21, 2014
This was very good and the blueberry compote was absolutely delicious. I followed the recipe but had to add a bit of brown sugar to my serving since our blueberries were very tart. Will definitely make again.

IoneTaylor's Review

January 01, 2014
I'm always looking for new and interesting ways to serve oatmeal, and this recipe did not disappoint. I substituted dried orange zest for the lemon because I didn't have a zester on hand, but otherwise I followed the recipe. I really like the idea of starting the steel-cut oats the night before, because then breakfast can be on the table fast the next morning. I plan to use this method often for preparing steel-cut oats. And the blueberry compote was divine - reminiscent of blueberry pie but without the guilt.

gkd1029's Review

February 17, 2015

McHortonheiser's Review

November 27, 2014