Mmm.. breakfast. I spent the first 19 years of my life eating cold cereal and milk for breakfast every day and I have spent the subsequent days trying to avoid it. Now, before I had kids (and a mortgage, and a car, and umm.. yeah) I used to just grab breakfast on the go on my way to work. With finances a little tight and time even tighter, most mornings picking something on my way to work is out of the question. And I don’t know about you, but by the time I’m up and ready, the kids are ready, we drop everyone off everywhere and I get to work – I’ve already been up for 2 and a half hours and I’m STARVING.
While reading through some of my favorite blogs, I came across a recipe for overnight steel-cut oats on more than one occasion (here, here, here, and here). I gave it a try a few weeks back and seem to have fallen in love just the same as everyone else. So, now it’s time to share with you guys.
According to Wikipedia, steel-cut oats are whole grain groats that have been cut into pieces. I’d heard that they were better for me than rolled oats and so I did a little research (I mean seriously little). The few sites that I found (here and here) claim no nutritional difference between the two. I happen to think that they’re more filling than the rolled oats I’ve eaten but I suppose it could be my imagination.
(modified from The Kitchn)
Makes 4 servings
1 cup steel-cut oats
3 – 4 cups water
3-fingered pinch salt
1 cup milk (optional)
1/2 cap-full of vanilla
2 tsp of ground cinnamon
various toppings or add-ins (mine are dried cranberries, chopped walnuts, and a drizzle of honey)
Start this the night before you want to eat the oatmeal. Measure out your oats and 3 cups of the water into a pot. Bring to a rolling boil. Turn off the heat and cover. Leave it on the stove, and go to bed! The next morning, uncover the pan and bring the oatmeal back up to a simmer. Stir in a cup of milk or a cup of water before reheating for thinner oatmeal (use the milk for a creamier version). During the reheat, add the vanilla and cinnamon. When the oatmeal is warm, scoop out to bowls, add your toppings and enjoy!
How do you like to eat oatmeal at your house? What kind of toppings or add-ins do you like? I often sweeten mine with honey. My daughter really loves to pile on the brown sugar. I’ve seen people add bananas and maple syrup, apple butter, apples, raisins, or berries.
Have a great weekend!