But you have to think about it the night before. Well, more than just thinking. A little bit of effort is required. Very little, I promise.
Why steel cut oats? In taste tests people seem to prefer their chewy texture. Even over old fashioned oats. Certainly over “quick oats” which I use only when I’m using oats raw, as in my peanut butter balls or no bake chocolate cookies.
Don’t get me started about “instant oats” which I consider pretend food. Honestly they look and taste more like food that someone has already chewed up and spit out. (Gross Clare!)
Steel cut oats are the natural oats before they have been flattened. Where can you find them? In grocery stores they are with the regular oats but they may be sold in bags. Health food stores may also have them available to measure out and weigh in whatever portion you like. But they are easy to find.
Ingredients for 4-6 servings of Steel Cut Oats
1 cup dry oats
4 cups water
1/8 tsp salt
maple or vanilla extract – optional but use one!
Bring the water and salt to a boil.
Add the oats. Stir and boil for two minutes.
Make sure they don’t boil over.
Turn off the stove top and leave the oats on the burner.
Add Maple extract.
Cover and leave overnight.
In the morning the oats will be done. If you want one serving, dish it up, put the bowl in the microwave for about 1 minute and you’re ready.
Oatmeal Garnish Options
Roasted walnuts (dry roast on a cookie sheet for 8 – 10 min at 325 degrees.) I keep a bag in the fridge ready.
Roasted pecans or almonds.
Blueberries, or strawberries
Brown sugar, honey, agave nectar or maple syrup
Splash of half and half or milk
Sprinkle of granola for texture. Check out my recipe for granola.
OK – so what if you are reading this in the morning and you want oatmeal for breakfast? Just let them cook 30 – 40 min on the stove and enjoy.
The most delicious oats with not a hint of wallpaper paste. Chewy, rich and – did I mention healthy? That’s a side benefit. Don’t tell the kids. They’ll never know.