The Best Steel Cut Oats Ever


It has been particularly chilly in Pittsburgh this month so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share this replica recipe with you that I made. But I must share its backstory with you first!

Last month…wait…almost two months ago when I was traveling for vacation that started in the Cleveland Airport, I remember being freezing cold that morning and starving. I feel like no matter what airport I’m at;  my terminal is never near a Starbucks..BUT I quickly forgot about Starbucks when Potbelly Sandwich Shop was literally right next to our terminal.

Initially I was skeptical about purchasing their oatmeal, but I figured it can’t be any worse than what I would be given on the airplane. Plus, Sophia and I love oatmeal so I could possibly kill two birds with one stone…don’t need some funky flight food…and possibly be surprised with some good oatmeal.

I remember waiting in line for my order and the guy behind me asked if I ordered their Banana Nut Oatmeal and I replied “yeah for my daughter and I so hopefully she likes it. We have a long day of flights ahead of us.”

He then replied “you guys are going to love it, I get every time I travel.” I did take his recommendation and order another side of brown sugar!

It turns out that Sophia and I loved it…I mean it was amazing! We liked it so much that when traveling back home I looked to see if there was a Potbelly’s next to our terminal, but there wasn’t.

So I came up with the idea of recreating my own! And boy was I happy I did!

What You Need: 

1 Banana (sliced)

1 to 2 Tsp. Brown Sugar (really to taste)

Whole Pecans (your desired about)

Steel Cut Oats

How to Make It:

  1. Follow the instructions on the back of the Steel Cut Oats. I always use milk instead of water.
  2. When your Steel Cut Oats are at the desired texture you want them at, pour some in a bowl and add your Banana, Brown Sugar and Pecans. Honestly the Banana, Brown Sugar and Pecans is your own judgment call as to how much to add.
  3. Enjoy!


Sophia and I shared this bowl, because it is a rather large portion for one person. It tasted just like the one we had in the Cleveland Airport! So good! Surprisingly enough I really liked the Steel Cut Oats, the texture is amazing. I did notice that I should have kept mine on the stove a little bit longer.


This recipe is definitely a keeper! Adding to my collection of recipes!

What is the best meal you have ever had in a airport?

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