I’m a breakfast person. Having some food in the morning makes me think better and generally feel better the rest of the day. Have a few things I rotate through for breakfast depending on my mood. One thing I’ve been into this past winter is steel cut oatmeal. It’s
different than the rolled oats you get in the store. It is the whole grain groat (inner portion of kernel) that has been cut into 2-3 pieces with steel rather than rolled. It looks a bit like rice, except a golden brown.
There are a lot of minor variations on how to cook steel-cut oats. Here’s what I currently use.
Steel-Cut Oats (serves 4)
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups 1% milk (I generally use organic milk)
- 1 cup steel-cut oats
- Pinch of salt
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- Honey & cinnamon to taste
- Combine water, milk, & salt in small cooking pot
- Heat until just boiling on medium heat. (NOTE: Watch carefully!! With milk, it will come to a boil quickly).
- Add oats and vanilla. Cook on medium-low, until done. Stir frequently (like every minute or two – you don’t want this sticking to the bottom of the pot!)
- It takes 20-25 minutes to cook. It has a pearly texture when finished cooking.
- Pour into 4 cereal bowls. Top with honey and cinnamon.
- You may wish to serve with fruit and/or maple syrup. My husband puts chocolate syrup on his and thinks it tastes like chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. Thin with additional milk or water if needed.
You can make this with only water, but the milk gives it a nice creamy flavor. You can find steel-cut oats in most grocery stores. It’s a bit spendy, but my son has found it for a fraction of the price at a local food coop.