Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Breakfast of Champions: Steel cut oats with berries and cinnamon

One cool thing about nutrition, cooking and food is that there is always more to learn! I have had the splendid opportunity to spend more time with my sister lately as we are in the same city. I have long been a fan of oatmeal, especially as baked oatmeal.I had never tried steel cut oats and she shared this great recipe me that you can make ahead!

Steel cut oats do take longer to cook - about 20 minutes - but they hold up really well to being refrigerated and reheated. Make this over the weekend when you can nail down 30 minutes in the kitchen and then you have breakfast for the week!

Most fruits are no longer in season - pears and apples are, but berry season has long past and they took peaches with them. This is a good time to take advantage of frozen fruit - freeze your own when it is in season (and way less expensive) or purchase fruit without any added sugar.

Shopping tip: Having trouble finding steel cut oats? They may not be next to the flavored packets of instant oats - look in the organic or natural foods section of your grocery store or check out the bulk bins of the natural foods store. 

Steel cut oats with berries and cinnamon
Makes four generous servings
  • 1 apple, diced (keep the peel; more fiber and less fuss)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup frozen diced peaches
  • 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 cups plain soy milk
  • 1 cup water
  • Nuts and dried fruit for topping
  1. In a medium saucepan, melt butter and add apple and brown sugar. Stirring often to prevent burning, cook for a few minutes. Add frozen fruit and cook for a minute longer. 
  2. Add oats, cinnamon, salt, soy milk and water. Cover, and bring to a boil. 
  3. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook, covered, for 20 minutes. Stir occasionally. 
  4. After 20 minutes is up, remove from heat and allow to cool for ten minutes or so. You can add more water or soy milk if you want the oats to be thinner. 
  5. For breakfast ease, scoop individual portions into glass jars and garnish with a few nuts. Refridgerate until ready to eat; microwave for a minute or three and you're ready to roll! Bring on the day :)

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  1. Oh my gosh, this is delicious! I have never made oatmeal in my life, but I will be making this recipe regularly! As I was cooking the house filled with the most glorious smells and it took practically no time to make. I was planning on just having it for breakfast this week, but I caved and ate a bowl for dinner tonight. Yum!

  2. I make this recipe every weekend--I'm hooked! I mix up the fruits that I add in when I am cooking (berries, mango, apples, peaches...) and I top the oatmeal with a mixture of dried fruits (cranberries, raisins) and nuts/seeds (pepitas, sunflower seeds, walnuts) right before eating. It is probably weird to crave oatmeal, but this recipe is crave worthy--and it's all the rage (what, with Starbucks now serving steel cut oats!!) Thanks for posting!

  3. For those who are lazy or really hungry right after you wake up, you can also prepare steel cut overnight. Rather than explain the method, here's a link to how I usually do it. Haven't tried it with the tasty add-ins, though, only stir in right before I eat it.


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