So a few weeks ago, my daughter and I were out shopping, and we usually start our shopping day with breakfast at Panera Bread, one of our very favorite places. And I did something that I have made fun of old people doing in restaurants before. I ordered the oatmeal.
I mean, who goes anywhere and orders oatmeal? Senior citizens who need to keep their bowels running smoothly, that’s who. Young people like me get the Mediterranean breakfast sandwich.
(My mother-in-law used to do this. We would go to Cracker Barrel and I would be like GIVE ME ALL THE PANCAKES PLEASE and she would say in a soft voice “I think I will just have the oatmeal.” And then she would really and truly just order oatmeal. Really.)
But anyway, I have been trying to eat an 85 to 90% plant based diet for the last few months (down 30 pounds by the way!) and I have been seeing all these images of steel cut oats every morning in my Instagram feed because foodies just love to say “Way to start my day with my steel cut oats topped with all these nuts and seeds and good stuff and LOOK AT HOW HEALTHY MY BREAKFAST IS Y’ALL.” Every. Morning. So I had been wondering what was so great about them.
Well, when we were at Panera, I saw that they had steel cut oats on the menu and something came over me and I ordered them. The ones with strawberries.
And you guys, they were AWESOME. Best bowl of oatmeal I’ve ever had. Even my daughter was like “Yes, you made the right choice today, Mom.”
I bought some steel cut oats from the grocery store to make at home and they sat there forever because who has 45 minutes in the morning to whip up a batch of oats? If I spend 45 minutes, I want pancakes and sausage and eggs three ways, not a bowl of oatmeal.
Then I came across the easiest method and it worked to perfection and you guys, boom, I have steel cut oats all the time now.
Basically you just bring 4 cups of water to a rapid boil, stir in one cup of oats, let that boil for 3 minutes, then turn off the heat and cover with a tight fitting lid. Leave it on the stove overnight and in the morning you wake up to a bowl of healthy goodness.
Here is an article that explains what steel cut oats are. Here is what they look like in their uncooked form:
Let me tell you, the texture is sooooo much better than quick oats. I could never go back to my old ways.
This little recipe is one I have been using for a few weeks now, but you can top yours with anything you want.
A few quick notes:
–In the morning when you check your oats, there may be a little liquid on the top. Just give them a stir.
–You can heat them in the pan or heat them in the microwave.
— I like to double this recipe so we have oats all week long. I just store them in the fridge and quickly heat a bowl in the microwave.
–The recipe says it will serve 4, but honestly I get a good five servings. I can’t do that much oatmeal in one setting.
–Berries, nuts, honey, maple syrup–all of those are good things to top it with. I like to top mine with my cinnamon-coconut sugar.
- 4 cups water
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 4 bananas, sliced
- 8 tablespoons chopped toasted pecans
- 4 tablespoons cinnamon-sugar
- Bring oats and water to a rapid boil in a medium heavy sauce pan that has a tight fitting lid. Boil for 3 minutes, reducing heat if necessary to keep it from boiling over.
- Turn off heat and cover with lid. Leave on stove top overnight (8 hours). In the morning, your oats will be done and ready to heat up in the pan or microwave. Give it a stir if there is any standing liquid on top.
- To serve: Sprinkle each bowl with 1 tablespoons of cinnamon sugar. Add one sliced banana per bowl, then sprinkle with two tablespoons each of nuts.