Monday, March 21, 2011

Spiced Steel Cut Oats with Berries

I have never been a big fan of oatmeal. I like food with a bit more texture so when I tried steel cut oats, I was pleasantly surprised! They are a little chewier than traditional oatmeal, I like that they don't turn to mush. They are pretty simple to make, takes a little more time than regular oatmeal, but that gave me a chance to putter around the kitchen and get other things done like emptying the dishwasher and switching my laundry. You can cut down the time by prepping the oats the night before. Pour boiling water over oats and leave overnight...then in the morning you can cook them for about 10 minutes and season how you like! I am big on pumpkin pie spice (ground ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg & allspice) so that is what I used for mine. You can add any spices you like.

Spiced Steel Cut Oats with Berries:
serves 1

1/2 cup steel cut oats
1 1/2 cups water
1/8 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp allspice
1 tsp sugar
2 tsps coconut flour
1/4 cup almond milk
1/4 cup berries

Over medium heat, bring water & oats to a boil, stirring and scraping the bottom of any sticking oats. Turn heat down a bit and let simmer until it thickens, approx 20 mins. At this point I added the ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, sugar & coconut flour. Remove from heat, top with berries & soymilk. Enjoy!
* If you like your oats a little softer, you can add an extra 1/2 cup of water to start and cook a little longer.