Instarecipe! Steel-Cut Oats w/ Strawberry Compote, Almonds + Lemon Curd

Steel-Cut Oats w/ Strawberry Compote, Almonds + Lemon Curd

Although I am on a fairly demanding course, I luckily sometimes get a late start. This Wednesday, thanks to a 1 pm Microbiology exam, I had one of those rare, late-start days! I like being able to take my time in the morning to make something slightly ‘involved’. Not like FULL ON COOKING but not just toast with nut butter.

This weekend, as I was cycling through Headingly (an area near where I’m living in Leeds) to the health-food shop (hellooo smoked tofu!) I was over the moon to spot a greengrocer. As well as 75p butternut squash and mountains of apples, they had tall punnets of dainty strawberries for about £1.50. Although I felt mightily guilty about buying out of season strawberries, I hadn’t had fruit (except bananas) for about 2 weeks so I said ‘eff it’ and bought some. They got a bit smooshed in my panier and, due to it being October and all, they weren’t the sweetest berries anyway. So I cooked them down into a quick, jammy sauce along with some apple juice (freshly pressed from local apples!) for my porridge. A spoonful of lemon curd found its way in there, plus some chopped almonds for texture. Oh and, bee pollen, because….#pretty.


Steel-Cut Oats w/ Strawberry Compote, Almonds + Lemon Curd

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  • 3 tbsp (35g) pinhead oats
  • 2 tbsp quinoa , (or 2 tbsp more oats)
  • 1/2 tsp coconut oil or butter
  • a scant cup , (220 ml) water
  • pinch of salt
  • handful of sliced , , hulled strawberries, fresh or frozen
  • 3 tbsp apple or orange juice
  • 1 heaped tsp lemon curd
  • 3 almonds , , roughly chopped
  • bee pollen , , for sprinkling (optional)


  • Place the oats and quinoa in a small pot with the coconut oil/butter. Cook over a high heat, stirring, until it smells toasty (2-3 mins). Pour in the water and add the salt. Bring to the boil then turn the heat all the way down to simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile place the strawberries into a small skillet along with the apple/orange juice. Cook over a high heat until the juice starts to bubble and reduces by half, then remove from the heat.
  • Pour the cooked oats into a bowl. Take the spoonful of lemon curd and plunge it into the middle of the oats. Leave it there for a minute so the lemon curd softens, then gently swirl the spoon a couple of times to streak the oats with lemony flavour. Top with the strawberries and their juice, the chopped almonds, and bee pollen (if using). DEMOLISH!
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10 thoughts on “Instarecipe! Steel-Cut Oats w/ Strawberry Compote, Almonds + Lemon Curd”

  1. this sounds so tasty! i’m getting tired of my overnight oats (oats + cinnamon + raisins + soy milk), so this looks like an amazing way to shake things up. i love afternoon classes, i’m just not very productive when i have them, though. yesterday i woke up early to do work before my afternoon class, and ended up making hand rolls. oops.

  2. Perfect way to start a date: with a bowl of oatmeal that has been lovingly prepared for yourself. I find that in our rushed, harried mornings, taking that time to invest in yourself can make all the difference, and set the tone for a beautiful day.

  3. I completely forgive you for buying strawberries out of season since you made a delicious compote out of them 😉
    This is a breakfast of champs!!

  4. This looks delicious. Have to try it once, and I’m also guilty of buying strawberries out of season, but I really love them, so waiting for them all winter would be a bummer. I personally prefer to wake up 30 min earlier in the morning, so that I can have my peaceful breakfast, I have rushing in the morning and prefer to take my time.

  5. This looks delicious and infinitely more exciting than bananas! And oh how I miss Headingley! PS. If you ever find yourself in Hyde Park there are some amazing international supermarkets – great for cheap bulk ingredients and more interesting fruits and veggies 🙂

  6. Is it weird that I would make this porridge solely to use some bee pollen for a pretty breakfast? I’m afraid that I may not be able to get any strawberries for sale but there are still some leftover frozen cherries waiting to be used up so maybe tomorrows breakfast is solved 😀

  7. You know, i just tried steel cut oats for the first time THIS MORNING! I’m totally sold. Looking for recipes to make now and this one sounds delicious!

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