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Steel Cut Oats

For breakfast this morning I made steel cut oats for the first time.  I’ve never been a huge fan of oatmeal.  I think it’s a texture thing.  It’s just too mushy for me.  I heard that steel cut oats were much better than instant or rolled.  So I gave them a try.  They were really good.  A healthy, hearty breakfast.  And there are so many things you can mix in to have variety.  We added homemade apple butter, raisins, dried apples and walnuts.  They do take a while to make, but you can make them ahead of time and just reheat them in the morning.  I did make them fresh this morning to try them right off the stove, but I won’t always do that.  I used the recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod.  Very simple and very good.  I only made a half recipe to try them.  It would probably be just enough for all 3 of us.  Justin and I ate most of it.  Next time I’ll probably do a full recipe ahead of time and then we can have oatmeal a couple days during the week.  I’m very glad I tried the steel cut oats.  Far better than instant or rolled!

Steel Cut Oats

1 cup steel cut oats
3 1/2 cups water
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup skim milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Cinnamon, Raisins, or whatever toppings you like (we used apple butter, raisins, dried apples and walnuts this time)

Bring the water to a boil in a large pot. Add the steel cut oats and and salt. Stir.  Reduce the heat to medium low and cook for 30 minutes. Make sure you stir the oats occasionally so they don’t stick to the pan.

When the oats start to thicken, at about 30 minutes, add in the milk and vanilla. I think the milk makes the oats creamier. Stir the oats, milk, and vanilla together and cook for ten more minutes.

Add in the cinnamon and raisins or whatever toppings you wish.

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  1. Sara says:

    I used this recipe on Sunday. 🙂 Just haven’t gotten to posting it yet (or uploading the pics). They are good. I like old-fashioned oats, though, too… but not the quick oats, they are too mushy.

  2. Mary Voogt says:

    I wondered if you’d use this recipe. I know you follow that blog. As soon as I saw it I wanted to get some steel cut oats to try 🙂 I’m still not a huge oatmeal fan…we won’t be eating it every week for sure. But it is a nice option once in a while. And steel cut are definitely better.

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