Oatmeal Latte


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Oatmeal Latte with Steel Cut Oats in a white bowl

There is something great about chilly mornings that start with the meeting of warm steel cut oats, frothy milk, hot coffee and brown sugar.  An oatmeal latte combines all these morning favorites into one irresistible bowl.

Our Thanksgiving vacation in Virginia included some pretty epic breakfasts, but I’m still a coffee and oatmeal girl at heart.

Which is why, when we were in Breckenridge, Colorado over the summer, the Oatmeal Latte at Cuppa Joe drew me right in.  It’s so good that it inspired people on the internet to call it “the BOMB!!

(All caps, two exclamation marks.)
pouring coffee over oats in a white bowl

The recipe is incredibly simple, and can be replicated without an espresso machine or milk frother.

All you do is make a batch of steel cut oats. Brew a shot of espresso or a small cup of strong coffee and stir it into the oats along with brown sugar.  Heat milk on the stovetop (whisking to build up foam as it heats) or with a frother and gently fold that in.  Top with chopped nuts, dried fruit or granola.

This is an idea worth bringing into your kitchen.  It’s a welcome bowl of goodness on cold winter mornings.

adding cream to the steel cut oats in a white bowl

And my mornings are coming extra early these days since my girls decided that Thanksgiving was a good time to change their leisurely 7:30 wake-up to a 6am rise-and-shine.

Thank goodness for coffee.

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Oatmeal Latte

Inspired by Cuppa Joe in Breckenridge, Colorado, this meeting of steel cut oats, hot coffee, steamed milk and brown sugar in one hearty, warm bowl is just as great for providing energy for a day on the ski slopes as for chasing after energetic kids.
Prep: 25 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


  • Saucepan


  • 1 cup uncooked Steel Cut Oats (use gluten-free if appropriate)
  • 1 shot Espresso (or 1/3 cup strong brewed coffee)
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1/4 cup packed Brown Sugar
  • Toppings of choice, such as nuts, dried fruit, or granola


  • Cook oats according to package directions. While the oats cook, prepare espresso or coffee. Froth milk or heat it slowly on the stovetop, whisking frequently to incorporate air into the milk (this will give it a slightly frothy texture).
  • When the oats are cooked, stir in the coffee and brown sugar. Add the milk and gently fold into the oats, leaving some of the foam on top. Spoon into serving bowls and add toppings.


Serving: 3g | Calories: 232kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 31mg | Potassium: 115mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 116IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 105mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef
Cost: $4.00
Calories: 232
Keyword: brunch, coffee, easy breakfast recipe, oatmeal
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More about our Thanksgiving vacation in Virginia coming soon, but here’s a sneak peak.  Tree decorating was a big hit.  Hope you had a great holiday!

Christmas Tree Decorating






Oatmeal Latte- warm steel cut oats, frothy milk, hot coffee and brown sugar- delicious!
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About Jess Smith

Jess is the recipe creator and photographer at InquiringChef.com. She spent nearly a decade as the Chief Recipe Developer for the award-winning meal planning app Cook Smarts. Her colorful, healthyish recipes have been featured in popular online publications including Parade, Hallmark, and HuffPost.

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  1. I am MIND BLOWN by this recipe!!! This is perfect for someone who always starts their day with oatmeal and coffee AKA ME!!!

  2. Umm what??? This is amazing. Steel-cut oats are a favorite of mine during the winter and combined with a latte?? Done. This is happening.

    PS I can’t wait to hear more about your thanksgiving!

  3. Dear Jess, have followed your site now for several years, at least prior to Molly & Clara being born in Thailand. Today I have your post about – of all things – coffee flavored oatmeal – oh sound dreadful,simply dreadful. I am not a coffee drinker at all, only one in my family that never took the coffee habit up for whatever reason. I can’t even stand anything with mock (sp?) or anything coffee related it. Yet I used to love the smell of fresh coffee beans being ground in the store where my mother shopped when I was a kid. Figure that one out. You coffee lovers are definitely over the top now with this idea of adding coffee to oatmeal or oatmeal to coffee! I have tried lots of recipes, never found anyone who didnt like what I made from your recipes, but thought you would get a chuckle out of this non-coffee person’s reaction to this recipe. Needless to say, not going to try it. By the way the twins are growing up so very fast it seems, love all the pix you take – you are now like Princess? forgot her name in England who just had their second baby, a girl, she takes pix of their kids herself and posts them, and your two girls are just as cute as the royal couple’s kids. In fact, shouldn’t we try to arrange a meeting in a few years with the twins and the older royal son….hmm…bet you and Kate would get along fine. Hope your Turkey Day was fun, sounds like it was and that your holidays with your daughters double all that and more. It’s such a sight to see them when they are old enough to grasp this concept of Christmas and the sheer joy and delight in their faces when they see the lights and gifts and then there is the discovery of Santa…what fun all of you will have.
    Maggie in Michigan

    1. Oh no Maggie – I’m so sad that this wasn’t a winner for you, AND that you don’t like coffee! I’ve got a few more tricks up my sleeve this week that I think might be up your alley. And would I like Molly or Clara to be a princess one day….um, yes and YES. 😉

  4. This is genius! As a huge steel cut oatmeal eater, and a coffee drinker, I’m so intrigued. Love seeing a new idea that makes total sense! : )

    1. I was totally intrigued when I first saw this idea at a coffee shop, and now having made it myself, I’m definitely in love. Hope you try it and let me know what you think, Monica!