Friday, December 13, 2013

Steel cut oats that actually taste good

So one thing that I read everywhere that was great for expecting and new moms to eat is steel cut oats.  I love oatmeal, it was a staple as a child but I had never had steel cut but it's supposed to be way better so I gave it a shot. Rather than buy a whole big package of it I got some frozen maple and brown sugar from the grocery store to try.

Oh my goodness, never do that.

It had the strangest texture, it didn't taste too bad (not good mind you) but the texture was too horrible to get past. I choked down half of it and threw it away and decided that Quaker instant oats was for me.

A little later I decided to try again and this time I got a small package of dry steel cut oats, also called Irish Oatmeal, to cook on my own.

It's SO much better!

I could cook it to the consistency that I liked so it was a gooey mess and customize the flavors so it was actually still healthy instead of loaded with sugar and other preserving chemicals. (I'm not crunchy, but I don't see the need to unnecessarily load up on random chemicals.) I was eating it plain with a little sugar on top and milk for a long time until my husband started eating it for the heart benefits.  He couldn't stand it, I guess being raised on plain oatmeal with milk had its benefits for me.

After a little trial and error I have come up with a pretty yummy recipe that gets my husband to eat more than 2 bites and I actually look forward to eating each day.  I do cook this fresh each day (I'm crazy) but it works just fine if you make up one big batch and microwave smaller portions of it through the week.

Amazon delivers 4 bags like this a month to me, it's fabulous!

Ingredients:

2/3 cup Steel cut oats
2 cups water
2 small or 1 large apple
1 tsp cinnamon
1 banana

1. Add water to saucepan and begin warming on low-high heat.
2. Chop apples into 1/4" pieces, add to water.
3. When water is boiling add oatmeal.
4. Cover and cook on LOW heat for 20 minutes.
5. Remove from heat and let stand for 15 minutes.
6. Add cinnamon and stir.
7. Dish out desired amount, top with banana slices, and enjoy!

It's so good that you don't even need to add sugar to it to sweeten it.  Do you have a steel cut oats recipe you love? What else goes well in it?  Share below!

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