Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Breakfast of Champions

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.


  1. Wow, I'm glad I started skimming through the beginning of your blog. I have just started in on an oatmeal kick - but the individual packaged ones. This is a whole new level that my stomach is ready to go for! So thx for writing about this!
    ~Courtney C.

  2. We make a big container of this and it will last for about 5 mornings, stores great in the fridge and is a quick and easy breakfast. We blend up 2-3 apples and add as part of the liquid, then add cinnamon and craisins before cooking. YUM! Then you can add frozen blueberries and microwave. Or add fresh fruit after it is heated.