Apples, Part II

When Chris’s dad came to visit, he and Chris needed to get a good breakfast before heading to the Steelers game.  So, we cooked up some oatmeal from my steel-cut oats, and I added in some special touches to make it awesome.  I really enjoy steel-cut oats–much better than regular oatmeal, in my opinion.  There’s some added texture, unlike the cardboard-y texture of rolled oats, and just a little extra nuttiness in the flavor.  I was really proud of it, as the additions were my own creation.  The recipe made a lot…this could easily be halved.  But it reheated fairly well, actually–with adding some extra milk and microwaving it, it made for a quick but hearty breakfast (or lunch) during the school week, too!

Apple-Cinnamon Steel-Cut Oats

2 tbsp butter
1 cup steel-cut oats
3 cups water
2-3 apples, peeled and diced
1/2 – 1 cup raisins
1 cup milk
2 tbsp brown sugar
cinnamon and nutmeg to taste

Melt butter in pan.  Add oats, and toast for about 2 minutes or until light brown.  Add water, and bring mixture to a boil.  (I would add the apples and raisins in here, I think.  Last time, I waited until the end, but I think it would be good for the flavor of the oatmeal and the texture of the apples to give them some extra cooking time.)  Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

Add milk, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Stir and continue to simmer until milk has been absorbed and oatmeal is desired consistency, usually about 10 minutes.


4 responses

  1. I have never heard of steel-cut oats. For some reason, I don’t like oatmeal. I have tried to disguise it, many times, many different ways, but I just can’t seem to get it to my liking.

    I really want to like it, it’s so good for you, looks like something that would hit the right spot, but no, it just doesn’t for me.
    So, maybe I’ll look for steel-cut oats and give it another try. Your recipe sounds yummy and I’ll be it smells wonderful too. You know I love apples! ‘eat one everyday.

    • I would honestly recommend steel-cut oats. They take a bit longer to make, but if you have the time, they’re well-worth it. I’m really not an oatmeal fan either. I know it’s healthy, and I’ve tried it and tried it…so I hear where you’re coming from. But I do like these. The texture is totally different from rolled oats, and I liked the flavors in here.

      Besides, a carton of them is pretty cheap. Give it a try sometime and let me know what you think!

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