Copycat Jamba Juice Steel Cut Oats with Brown Sugar Crumble

We are all in search of a good breakfast that is healthy, keeps you full and tastes great! This recipe is all of that and more. I did not really like oatmeal as a kid…it always tasted like a mushy bowl of gelatinous nastiness. I would flood it with sugar in order to get it down and even then I didn’t think it tasted good. As I got older I started to acquire a taste for oatmeal and found some that I liked and that I could enjoy eating because after all oatmeal does have some great benefits for you! It is protein-rich, high in fiber, heart-healthy and lowers cholesterol. I think that is a pretty well-rounded breakfast option, don’t you?
Jamba Juice’s oatmeal has a special place in my heart. It really made me crave oatmeal in a way that I never thought was possible. My first time having Jamba Juice oats was fresh off of a Saturday morning workout with my roommate at the time. We wanted to have something healthy to eat and walked in to get a smoothie, but decided to try the oatmeal when we saw others ordering it. So I got their oats with brown sugar crumble and sliced bananas with a small freshly squeezed orange juice. It was so good! Like really good…almost too good to be oatmeal. It became my routine to stop by Jamba Juice after my Saturday morning workout on a weekly basis (I did not have time to go during the week before work but I would have).
Fast forward many years later and with my new found love for cooking, I decided I want to try to recreate that amazing bowl of oatmeal at home. Steel cut oats were a game changer for me. They have much more texture than their counterparts on the market (namely rolled and quick/instant oats). They do take longer to cook, but are a great option if you meal prep your breakfast because they maintain that great texture when reheated in the following days. The very first time I added steel cut oats to my grocery list for the week I really anticipated being able to prepare them. I made them according to the package instructions and added some brown sugar and bananas and then I sat down to enjoy my work. It was good but it was no Jamba Juice oatmeal! What was I missing?
The brown sugar crumble! It really is the star of the show! It does not taste the same when I just use brown sugar…I don’t know why and I don’t know how, but it just doesn’t. The brown sugar crumble is super easy to make and only takes minutes. I found this recipe years ago and can no longer find the source but now I make it from memory!
This recipe is not your mushy instant oatmeal and it is not that soggy oatmeal that you had as a kid. This one has great flavor, amazing texture, its healthy, full of fiber and will keep you satisfied for hours. Below is the recipe for both the steel cut oats, the brown sugar crumble and the way I currently prepare mine.


Steel Cut Oatmeal

5 from 2 votes
Servings 5 - 1 cup servings


  • 2 cups dry steel cut oats
  • 6 cups water


  • Place dry steel cut oats and water into large pot and bring to boil
  • Once boiling, turn down the heat to low simmer
  • Let simmer for about 20 minutes (or until oats are fully cooked). Stir occasionally so oats do not stick and burn on the sides or bottom of the pot


Brown Sugar Crumble

5 from 2 votes
Servings 5


  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 4 tbsp ground rolled or quick oats not steel cut
  • 2 tbsp butter melted


  • Place a ½ cup of rolled or quick oats in a blender or food processor and ground until powdered. Use 4 TBSP in the recipe and store extra in the pantry for the next time.
  • Mix all ingredients (except the butter) until well combined.
  • Slowly add melted butter to other ingredients and stir until combined.
  • Cover mixture and keep in the refrigerator for up to a week. 
The recipe above makes enough oats and brown sugar crumble for the week for me when using a 1 cup serving. The way I currently like to eat mine is with a sprinkle of cinnamon and a splash of vanilla extract, ¼ cup of blueberries, half a banana sliced, 2 tablespoons of hemp seeds (such a great addition to oats in my opinion) and 1-2 tablespoons of brown sugar crumble (you can adjust this to your liking—more if you like it sweeter and less if you don’t).
How do I prepare my refrigerated oats on subsequent days?
I store the oats separately from the other ingredients and when I am ready for them I reheat the oats with a splash of almond milk to rehydrate them and pop it in the microwave for approximately 1 ½ minutes. Once removed, I stir them to combine and then top with all the toppings I used on the first day.
Have you tried Jamba Juice’s oatmeal? Try this one and let me know how it stacks up!




  • Michelle

    5 stars
    Thank you so much for the jamba juice oatmeal recipe with the brown sugar crumble! My favorite!

    • Mary

      So glad you like it, Michelle!

  • Lindsey

    I’m pretty sure they use almond milk instead of water for their otameal.

    • Mary

      I like to make my oats with water, but you are free to use almond milk if you would like.

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