Sarah Remmer: The Non-Diet Dietitian


Super Easy Eggnog & Cranberry Steel-Cut Oats

A healthy but festive breakfast that won't shoot blood sugar to the moon

Holiday steel cut oats recipe |

It's a week after Christmas and we're still beaming with holiday spirit so things have been a little chaotic around our house. The kids are jacked up on sugar almost all of the time it seems with all the holiday get-togethers and parties, which means that they are bouncing off the walls and not listening very well. We've all been indulging in delicious, rich holiday foods lately (which is all part of the fun), but this morning I felt like we all needed a satisfying and nutritious breakfast that wouldn't shoot our blood sugar levels to the moon and back, but still tasted like Christmas. I decided on our old standby- steel cut oats. But, decided to add a little holiday cheer by mixing in some eggnog (I use light because I don't notice the difference), some spiced nuts and dried cranberries. It was as easy as making regular steel cut oats, yet tasted deliciously gourmet. Oats are our go-to breakfast for many reasons, including the fact that they are super versatile, you can make a huge batch for the whole week, and they are chock full of nutrition. The soluble fibre in oats helps to keep blood sugar levels stable and steady, while keeping tummies fuller longer. 

Makes 5-6 servings


4 cups water
pinch of salt
2 cups oats (we used quick-cooking steelcut oats from Costco)
1/2-3/4 cup eggnog (I use light eggnog because I don't notice a difference)
1/4 cup brown sugar 
1/2 tsp of nutmeg
Spiced nuts 
Dried cranberries


Cook oats according to package instructions on stove top, and then cook a little longer

Once the oats become slightly dry, add eggnog, sugar and nutmeg in and stir well. Add enough eggnog to produce a creamy oatmeal (I didn't measure as I was adding it in, but my guess is about 3/4 cup)

Serve oatmeal while warm, and sprinkle with spiced nuts (here's a great recipe) and dried cranberries. Top with an extra drizzle of eggnog. Enjoy! 

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