Steel cut oats are one of my all time favorite breakfasts. They are cheap, easy, healthy and delicious, and a little bit goes a very long way. If you prepare 1 cup of dry steel cut oats on a Sunday evening, it makes enough prepared oatmeal for a full week of breakfasts, which are way more tasty and satisfying than those instant oatmeal packets you can buy at the store (and way more economical as well).
The method is simple:
Boil 4 cups of water.
Add one cup steel cut oats (these are from the bulk bin at our local food co-op).
Turn the stove to simmer, and go do something else for ~45 minutes while it bubbles away and absorbs all the water.
It comes out looking like this:
Not the most attractive, but I promise the most delicious!
In the morning, scoop 1/2 cup into a bowl, add a 1/4 cup or more of milk or soy milk and microwave for 2.5 minutes.
The mix goes from gloppy to creamy and dreamy.
What you now have is a high-fiber empty canvas for further deliciousness.
Some of my favorite things to add to the mix:
- blueberries, cinnamon and brown sugar
- smooshed banana, chopped medjool dates, slivered almonds
- mixed fresh or frozen berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries) and a drizzle of honey
- PB&J oats... a little blob of peanut butter or almond butter with a little blob of high quality preserves (I love Bonne Maman Wild Fruit)
- sliced peaches and a sprinkling of granola
A whole work week of filling yumminess, and way more satisfying than cold cereal.