I have a bit of an addition to steel cut oatmeal.
I want and dream of it day and night. I literally will debate between late-night popcorn and late-night oatmeal. For me, it's a comfort food throw-back to my childhood because I grew up eating my Aunt Carols oatmeal and she made it the best. Somehow WAY better than my Mom did and so I associate it with fun, love and warmth. Sorry Mom, You make everything else the best!
I am thoroughly addicted.
Lately I've been cracking out on oatmeal, butter, maple syrup and TONS of cinnamon. But today I got inspired when I had this apple on the counter that was looking a little shabby. I was about to throw it out and then I noticed that half of it was just fine. I decided to get crazy with my oatmeal.
Let me start with the basics. I soak my steel cut oatmeal to save time and make it easier to digest. Soaking 3-5tbsp of oatmeal in purified over water inside of a canning jar overnight does the job.
Why not just use Quaker Oats? Quaker Oats are good and all - hell I grew up on them! But they are precooked and I think we all know what that means. Much of the good stuff has already been cooked out of it before it gets to your stovetop. Less processed is always better in my book.
Purchasing Steel Cut Oats like Bob's Redmill Scottish Style is one way to go. These are my favorite because they are available at regular markets usually, they are inexpensive and organic.
So here's today's steel cut oatmeal recipe:
- 5tbsp Bob's Redmill Scottish Style Steel Cut Oat Meal
- Handful of Raw Almonds
- 2 Medjool dates (I pitted them) and sliced them up
- 1/4 of a shabby apple chopped (the good side)
- real maple syrup (no butterworth stuff - HFCS nastiness)
- (usually I do butter too but it was so good I didn't need it!)
Add your soaked oats to a pan with the almonds and chopped dates. Cook on high for approximately 1-2 minutes until they are the desired consistency. Once they are done, add the chopped apple. Plop it in a bowl and decorate with cinnamon and maple. Voila - Easy, fast, cheap, delicious and healthy. What more could you want in a breakfast?