Vanilla Plum Baked Steel Cut Oats

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Vanilla Plum Baked Steel Cut Oats

I totally meant to make this post live a couple of weeks ago at the end of stone fruit season, but alas, I forgot, and now we’re past the height of plum season. No worries though… feel free to substitute pears or apples for plums. And if you are lucky enough to live somewhere where there are still sweet plums in the market, well, then, go on ahead and make these baked oatmeal cups as is!

I’ve become addicted to baked oatmeal lately… mainly for two reasons. 1. They are portable. I can take them to work easily. and 2. They keep me full until lunch. Perfect and perfect folks! So, give them a try and while you’re at it, check out these two links:

A link to my recent spices and veg-centric cooking event in DC:


A link to an online bake sale to benefit the Philippines, sponsored by my foodie friend Tina, and supported by Como Water:

Vanilla Plum Baked Steel Cut Oats

(Printable Recipe)


1/2 cup steel cut oats

1 cup water

2 cups non-dairy milk (I used almond)

pinch salt

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

2-4 tablespoons brown sugar

2 plums–washed and diced

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

pinch salt

1 plum–thinly sliced

2-3 teaspoons maple syrup

Earth Balance–to butter the ramekins


*Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Butter 6 small ramekins with Earth Balance. Set aside.


*Add water, milk, salt, cinnamon, and brown sugar to a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil (watch! to make sure it doesn’t boil over). Stir in oats. Reduce heat to medium low. Simmer, uncovered for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.


*After 20 minutes, remove from heat. Stir in diced plums and vanilla extract. Divide between ramekins. Cover each ramekin with foil. Add ramekins to baking dish. Add warm water to baking dish (about 1/2 inch). Bake 45-50 minutes.




*Remove from oven. Turn on broiler. Arrange thinly sliced plums on top of each oatmeal bake. Drizzle each with 1/2 teaspoon maple syrup. Place under broiler, just until bubbly. Remove. Serve. Enjoy!




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Tiffany M. Griffin is the woman behind Como Water, Washington DC’s premiere veg-centric cuisine consulting company. Through cooking classes, demonstrations, catering, and consultations, Como Water gives people the opportunity to learn how to prepare veg-centric cuisine that boasts maximum flavor, with minimal effort. Tiffany is quickly becoming a go-to expert on the future of veg-centric cuisine, and is a regular contributor to Como Water, the blog, as well as to vegetarian and vegan sites across the Internet. For over a decade, this self-taught, entrepreneurial expert has developed a set of tried and true techniques for making simple, delicious, and sometimes decadent veg-centric dishes. Featured on the Steve Harvey Show and other leading media outlets, Tiffany was born and raised in Springfield, MA. She then earned Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Communications from Boston College and a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. She now resides in Washington DC, where she has worked in the US Senate and at a federal agency on issues around health, food, nutrition, and international food aid/development, and of course, as the owner of Como Water. Tiffany gets culinary inspiration from the food she grew up eating, and from her travels throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is dedicated to sharing her wealth of knowledge on veg-centric cuisine with others and to help others live by her mantra—love life, live long, and eat veg-centric cuisine!


  1. This recipe for steel cut oats is perfect 😀
    I love the vanilla plums!


  2. Ahhh sookie sookie now! This is the perfect cold dreary day in Michigan food.

  3. Funny, I had a craving this morning. This filled my senses and almost relieved the craving. 🙂 Have a great week, Tiffany!

  4. We have steel cut oats for breakfast during the week, but nothing as compelling as the Vanilla Baked Plum Oats! This is a great way to begin the start of a cold and busy day!

  5. I want to start my day with this healthy oats. You can use coconut or oat milk for making the Apple Oatmeal Cake…

  6. What a great way to start the day! They look wonderful. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday my friend. 🙂