Steel Cut Oatmeal

By now we all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? RIGHT?

Still I hear so many people say, “I never eat breakfast.” Well if you are of of those people, well shame on you, you non breakfast eater you! Breakfast gets your brain going, breakfast gets your metabolism going and it totally helps you from gorging later in the day. Studies have been done y’all. So eat your breakfast.
I love love love oatmeal. It fills me up and it is super good for you. No, I am not talking about the pre packaged, pre flavored stuff. Sure that is what we grew up on. Make your own and control what is in it. Steel cut oats are my favorite. They have a delicious little chew to them, a totally different texture than regular oats. They do take about 20 minutes to cook. I know I don’t have 20 minutes in my busy mornings to cook oatmeal. What I do is make a big batch at night, then pop it in the fridge. That way I have “instant” oatmeal every day during the week and just switch up the toppings.
Enough for 1 person for 4-5 days
1 1/2 cup water
1 1/2 cup milk (I use skim or almond milk)
1 cup steel cut oats
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
5 packets of Splenda (or sugar)
Toasted Pecans, chopped (good way to get more protein)
Your choice of toppings..bananas, blueberries, strawberries (whatever is fresh and in season)
I also drizzle a bit of Agave Nectar over the top.
Bring the water, milk and salt to a boil. Add the oats. Cover, reduce heat to low and cook for 15-20 minutes. Make sure you stir occasionally.
Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.


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    In the winter, I use my rice cooker (the kind with a timer and a porridge setting) to make overnight oatmeal. Nothing like waking up to oatmeal!

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    SarahRachel says:

    I've been trying so hard to eat breakfast every day and oatmeal always leaves me feeling so full! I'm definitely going to try your recipe…sounds so good! And I bet my boys would love it!

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    Grumpy & HoneyB says:

    I'm with you – I love my oatmeal. I remember my mom making a mixed grain cereal that so yummy….and I would put maple syrup on top.

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    Cool Lassi(e) says:

    A very healthy breakfast option.

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    cookies and cups says:

    That's what I do too! They are a bit much to make in the mornings when you are rushing around like a mad woman…oh wait, is that just me? πŸ˜‰
    SO making them at night is definitely the way to go! Love the nuts on top. hehe

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    β™₯peachkinsβ™₯ says:

    That is one beautiful bowl of oatmeal..

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    Mommy's Kitchen says:

    Steele Cut Oatmeal is my favorite. I make ours in the crockpot overnight so i am not rushed in the morning. It mades enough for all of us. I need to try the toasted pecans you mentioned.

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    oh we're being good now? ok then. then i need to share with you that a little bit of maple alomnd butter with this is exactly what i have for breakfast EOD. so good.

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    Bridgett says:

    I seriously could eat oatmeal for 3 meals a day. I doubt the family would appreciate it though, lol.

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    Yes, I am one of "those people" that only eats breakfast on the weekends. Are the steel cut oats just less processed than the prepackaged stuff? Do most grocery stores carry it or would it just be at Fresh Market, Whole Foods type places.

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    I love steel cut oats and these sounds great. So far I've only tried the packaged ones out of the freezer section at Trader Joe's.

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    Well Shame on you Chris! πŸ™‚
    Steel cuts oats are much less processed. Regular oats are steamed, rolled,steamed again and then toasted.
    Steel cut oats are just cut into smaller pieces..there is no steaming rolling or toasting involved.
    The have to completely different texture than your regular oats. They are chewy little bits instead of mush. They rock!
    Most grocery stores should carry them. There are a few brands out there. McCann's Irish Oatmeal(usually on the top shelf in a white and gold aluminum can) and another on is Bobs Red Mill(this one is usually found in the organic section of the store).
    I hope you give them a try

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    ***Holly*** says:

    I have actually never eaten steel cut oats but I keep seeing them in the store and they're supposed to be really good for you. Yeah, I'm just going to have to get some. πŸ™‚

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    Heavenly Housewife says:

    This looks super yummy. I love it.

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    YES to steel cut oats. the other kinds just turn into absolute mush and feel like mucus in the mouth–no thanks! i love the chew from steel cut oats. great post, leslie. πŸ™‚

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    One of our favorite breakfasts! Great way to start the day!

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    Leslie M. says:

    I love steel cut oats too Les! That pre package CARP… ewww not cute at all. I did a giveaway for a rice and oatmeal cooker from Cuisnart.. works really nice!

    Enjoy your oats…
    Leslie Loves Veggies & Steel cut oats too!

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    I'm eating oatmeal as I read this! Love the stuff. I've never tried steel cut oats.

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    You are so right, Leslie! I love steel cut oatmeal; I use McCanns. There is an enormous difference in flavor. After anyone tries it once, they never go back to the old stuff.
    The problem is always time. And luckily I do get up early enough to make it! But I will keep your idea in mind for those rushed days.
    I try to eat it 3 times a week. Other days I stick with a whole wheat Eng. muffin, peanut butter and banana.

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    Diana's Cocina says:

    I love oatmeal! I have it for dinner when my husband and on are away. It's comfort in a bowl. But, mine has never lookd a good as yours. LOL!

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    I love the chewiness of steel cut oats, but I have to confess I don't always remember to eat breakfast. I work at home so my laptop comes on while I'm still sipping my first cup of coffee (in my PJ's, of course.

    Thanks for the reminder. In fact as soon as I read this post, I got up and made myself breakfast before I even commented!

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    tasteofbeirut says:

    Great idea Leslie! If I had thought of it maybe I would not have a box of oatmeal dangerously close to the expiration date! Nice breakfast bowl too.

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    This looks delicious. I've been craving oats all day.

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    i never think to make oatmeal, but i do love it! thanks for the reminder, this looks great!

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    By the way, if I do not get to chit chat later…Have a great Easter with that beautiful family πŸ™‚

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    Mmmm…I love oatmeal so I will have to try steel cut…

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    cellulite cream review says:

    When I was young, my mom won't let me leave the house without eating breakfast. I got so accustomed to it that until now, even if I'm running late, I won't leave the house without grabbing a few morsel… I eat oatmeal almost everyday so I'll definitely try your recipe.

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    Foodycat says:

    I love oatmeal! I haven't had much luck with steel-cut oats though. When I have tried to make them they just haven't softened at all, even after soaking and a long cook!

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    Love this stuff. But it takes 30 minutes the way I make it which is no problem because I hop in the shower etc.. Now, the problem is what I put on it. Yes I do lots of healthy stuff, but my favorite is butter, cream and brown sugar. Yum.
    Happy Easter

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    Yum it looks so good. I keep hearing about steel cut oatmeal but have still never tried it. I'll pick some up at Trader Joe's the next time I am there.

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    natalie says:

    I have not tried steel-cut, perhaps they call it something different here because I've never seen them -and they are really into oats here! I have been using biodynamic oats and they are really good and creamy and all special for reasons I don't know specifically, but have peace of mind just knowing there ARE reasons for the special-ness…

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    rivermom says:

    I just did a post on this! Breakfast just makes me eat & eat all day long! I usually don't eat anything until 1 or 2. I know, horrifying!

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    oh, that must be so delicious!