As a runner, I eat oatmeal practically every day for breakfast. My usual morning routine is to start the liquid boiling in a saucepan for my breakfast while my morning cup of tea is brewing, then dump my half-cup of rolled oats into the pan, throw on the lid, and turn off the heat. I then let the oatmeal sit and soak up the yummy goodness while I get ready for work. Then, I transfer my delicious oats into my Thermos, throw it in my bag, and eat it at my desk when I get to work.
While I love oats, my regular breakfast can get a little boring. I try to mix it up as much as possible, by adding ginger and molasses to make gingerbread oats, or cocoa powder and a dash of cayenne to make Mexican hot chocolate oats. But sometimes I crave something simpler.
This morning, I decided to make that happen. I’m a huge fan of steel-cut oats (if you haven’t had them, you’re missing out). They are chewy and have better texture than my regular rolled oats. Since they take longer to prepare, they’re usually a weekend thing, but as of late I have been shunning them in favour of eggs or French toast. Today, though, steel-cut oats were a necessity.
I decided to make them with freshly chopped apples, raisins, cinnamon, and honey. They were incredible. I topped them with pecans for a change–my usual choice of healthy fat topping is straight-up PB. But the pecans complemented the apple/cinnamon combination, and I could easily have gone for seconds or thirds.
So, without further ado, I present the first recipe on my blog. It’s so simple to make, yet so yummy, and I plan on making this often. You should try it right now.
Apple Cinnamon Steel-Cut Oats
1 cup almond milk
1 cup water
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup steel cut oats
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 apple, chopped
1/4 cup raisins
1 tbsp honey
1/4 cup chopped pecans
Combine almond milk and water in a medium saucepan. Add cinnamon, salt, and vanilla and heat until boiling.
Once boiling, add steel-cut oats and chia seeds and stir to combine. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for about five minutes, stirring regularly
Add apple, honey, and raisins, and simmer for five more minutes, until apple is soft but not mushy. Divide oats between two bowls, and top with pecans. Eat, and enjoy!
Are you an oatmeal addict? What’s your favourite weekend breakfast to prepare?