I've been on quite a journey with oatmeal. Five years ago I never touched the stuff. Ever. It just wasn't on my radar. I don't remember eating it much as a kid. It surly wasn't something I made in college and you guys know who I'm married to, right? I don't think the husband has ever had a bowl. At least not since I've known him.
Yet somehow I became a person who just whips up a bowl of Steel Cut Oats in the middle of the week.
How did this happen?
As it turns out, VERY slowly.
December 18, 2007 - I post a simple Apple Pie Oatmeal idea using a packet of flavored instant oats and talk about how the toddler inspired me to try warm breakfasts.
February 16, 2008 - I posted about my desire to making my own oatmeal creations instead of being dependent on those little packets.
October 28, 2008 - Still using instant or quick and experimenting with flavors, this one was Pumpkin Pie.
February, 10, 2009 - I took the leap to Old Fashioned Oats and never looked back. People also started to recommend Steel Cuts in the comments.
March 18, 2009 - I remake my original Apple Pie Oatmeal idea ditching the instant packet for Old Fashioned.
September 28, 2010 - I tried my first batch of Steel Cut Oats! Cooking them overnight and being pleasantly surprised!
November 2010 - I went back to Old Fashioned--I don't think I'll ever ditch them completely--and made two bowls using nothing by water, extracts, a bit of honey, fruit and nuts.
That brings me to today. This morning I made my second bowl of Steel Cuts this week. I'm loving the chewy texture and I must admit, they do stay with me longer.
Cooking time is surely increased but it's really not as bad as I thought it would be. Most of the time is hands off so I give a little stir while emptying the dishwasher or feeding the kid then viola! A warm bowl of minimally processed oats!
Here's my system..
- ¼ cup (40g) Steel Cut Oats
- ½ tbsp honey (10g) or more to taste
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- 1 cup water
- About ½ cup frozen wild blueberries
Put the oats, honey, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a small pot.
Add the cup of water and bring to a boil.
Continue to boil it for about 5 minutes.
Lower to a simmer and continue to cook for about 20 minutes.
After 20 minutes most of the liquid should be absorbed.
Transfer to a bowl and top with the frozen blueberries.
Enjoy! The best is when the oats start to melt the blueberries and you get this glorious color!
|Servings||Amt per Serving|
|190||3g||8g||old: 3||new: 5|