The only thing is, steel cut oats can take a while. Half an hour or so. I know I certainly don't have that kind of cooking time in the morning! For a while I would just cook it at night and then put it in the fridge to reheat in the morning, but then I learned about making *overnight* steel-cut oats. It's the best of both worlds...you get the good kind of oatmeal (in my opinion) and it doesn't take forever to make. Plus...steel-cut oats are actually better for you than regular oats. They are much less processed and have more dietary fiber. (And if you eat gluten-free, you can just use gluten-free oats.)
This recipe makes quite a bit, which we happen to like because we can all eat it for breakfast one weekend morning and then use leftovers for some of us for breakfast during the week. You can easily halve it or change the amounts to make the amount you want.
Overnight Steel-Cut Oats
(Based on recipe from The Bitten Word with my changes...)
The night before:
1 1/2 cup steel-cut oats
6 cups liquid - I like to use half water and half milk
Bring liquid just to boiling.
While waiting for it to boil, lightly toast the oats in a skillet with a small bit of butter. You really don't need much butter at all, maybe a teaspoon or two. Keep stirring the oats and just toast for about 5 minutes until they're lightly toasted and smelling yummy!
Add oats to liquid once liquid reaches boiling point. Be sure not to burn the milk or boil it over - just a low boil will do. Continue to gently boil for 1-2 minutes.
Take off heat and let cool. Cover and set pot in refrigerator overnight. (Some recipes will say to leave it out overnight, but they are usually made with just water. Since we add milk, we keep it in the fridge overnight. You don't have to use milk, but we like how creamy it makes the oatmeal.)
In the morning:
Heat oatmeal over medium-high to high heat for 5 or so minutes, until rest of liquid is absorbed to the point you like it. You might want to have it bubbling just a bit, but don't boil it too much. Stir regularly and be careful not to burn the milk. Spoon into bowls and flavor the way you like!
Here are some of our favorite add-ins...
Sliced bananas, maple syrup, and chopped walnuts (our favorite!)
Frozen blueberries and honey (The cold berries will cool the hot oatmeal, while the hot oatmeal will thaw the frozen berries.)
Cinnamon and raisins and either a bit of maple syrup or brown sugar
I happen to love walnuts in oatmeal because it helps me with the mushy factor - adds in that crunch that I think it needs.
If the overnight oatmeal thickens up more than you like when you go to heat up leftovers during the week, just add a bit of milk to it. No biggie!
|Little Oatmeal Thief!|
Aiden's trying to show how good this stuff really is... Notice his empty bowl of pumpkin oatmeal is in the background. After eating it all, he moved on to MY bowl of oatmeal (I prefer the bananas and walnuts) because it was just too good to resist, I suppose. He just pushed my spoon out of the way and ate about half of my breakfast. He was pretty full after this! It only takes a small bowl of steel cut oats to really fill up your tummy!
How do you like your oatmeal?