Saturday, February 5, 2011

Oatmeal Improvement

MORE snow overnight. We woke to probably the biggest accumulation yet and it was totally unexpected! It made me want something warm and hearty for breakfast with little to no work so I decided on oatmeal. This is special oatmeal though, not instant or thin, but thick and delicious. I used steel cut oats (MUCH better for you and I really enjoy the texture and nutty bite) and taking inspiration from McDonalds of all places added some other goodies.
2/3 Cup steel cut oats
1-2 TB Quick cooking rolled oats
1 TB Almond Meal (coarse)
1 Granny Smith apple- peeled and chopped
1/4 cup mixed dried fruit- I used a raisin, blueberry, cranberry mix from trader joe's
2 2/3 cup water
Sweetener of choice- brown sugar, maple syrup, honey, stevia, whatever your pleasure

*Boil the water and add steel cut oats stirring  gently
*Once the mixture begins to thikcen (about 5 minutes), reduce heat and stir off and on as the oatmeal thickens and softens- for 20-30 minutes depending on what consistency you like
*Stir in enough quick cooking oats to soak up any remaining liquid
*Add fruits- stir to distribute
*Add your sweet shot and warm your belly

Feeds 2 adults, 'maybe' with some leftover

1 comment:

  1. fyi- today i made this with extra apples and almonds and no dried fruits BUT i put it in a casserole dish and topped with butter shavings, brown sugar and a sprinkle of salt. then i baked it off- yummy that way too.
    would have loved crunchy pecans in place of the almonds