Saturday, March 13, 2010

steel cut oats (or, what I'm having for breakfast)

I'm a girl who likes, as my husband calls it, a "serious" breakfast. If I have cereal or a piece of toast with nut butter and honey, within an hour I'm starving. Normally I have scrambled tofu with tomato, red onion, garlic and olives. Sometimes I have it with toast as well. But sometimes a girl needs a bit of variety. Of course, when a serious breakfast is required, finding different things to fit that bill can be seriously difficult.

Enter steel cut oats. I heard about them, and bought some. Then I put off making them for about a year, under a misguided impression of how difficult they'd be.  But, when I finally did get around to making them, I couldn't believe how easy and delicious this healthy breakfast is.

 Topped with chopped apples, blueberries, dried cranberries, walnut halves and cinnamon.

Steel-cut oats are whole oat groats, which have been cut into two or three pieces rather than rolled into flakes. Incredibly high in fibre, whole oats are the perfect way to prevent heart disease and diabetes and to lower cholesterol. Whole oats are also an excellent source of maganese, selenium, vitamin B1 and protein. All these things combined with the naturally sweet taste and chewy texture of steel-cut oats, make for one wonderful bowl of breakfast.

To make
2c water
2c soy milk
1c steel-cut oats

1/2T cinnamon
1/2T nutmeg

Bring the water and milk to a simmer over medium heat. Stir the oats and spices into the simmering liquid and lower heat. Simmer for 15-20 minutes until mixture thickens. Stir, and continue to simmer until the mixture is creamy and pudding-like (about 7-10 minutes). Remove from heat and let stand for a bit.

Serve each bowl topped with blueberries, 1T of ground flax and a drizzle of agave nectar.

Enjoy your delicious and nutritious breakfast, and the feeling of not being hungry again in an hour!

 Topped with walnut halves and cinnamon.

Lasts in the fridge in an airtight container for a few days. When you reheat, just add a bit more soy milk (or nut milk) and mix in.

There is currently some uncertainty around whether oats contain gluten. Personally I avoid rolled oats, as they're often rolled in wheat flour. However, I've never had a problem with whole oats or the steel-cut variety. If you are celiac, you may not want to take the risk until more research is done on the matter.

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Blogger Ruth said...

Love your Bunnykins bowl (and your blog!)

March 13, 2010 at 4:06 PM  
Blogger Nurseknowpp said...

I adore steel-cut oats. A coworker gave me some to try and, like you, I waited until forever to try it. Once I did I was amazed at how delicious and filling they are. I like mine with soy milk, dried fruit, walnuts and cinnamon. I love how they stick to your ribs for hours. I cannot imagine life without breakfast. I have eaten breakfast every day since birth. Steel-cut oats have added some nice variety to my breakfast menu.

March 17, 2010 at 12:27 AM  
Anonymous katie said...

I was wondering if you consider honey vegan? because i know there is much debate. To call something "vegan" can it not have honey in it??

March 17, 2010 at 6:15 PM  
Blogger Selene said...

1. i LOVE this bowl! it's my husband's from when he was a kid, but I use it whenever I can. At the bottom, there are MORE BUNNIES!

2. I love how this makes you feel full till lunch. Lately I've been able to have nothing but a muffin for breakfast, and I'm starving by 9:30! and then I eat my lunch at 10:30 and it's all downhill for the rest of the day

3. I personally eat honey. It's so good for you and so delicious! Especially when I have a sore throat, I go straight to honey-lemon-ginger tea, because that stuff works! I always get raw honey and try to get it locally, which usually means from smaller bee "farms". Backing up a bit though, I see eating and what you eat as a spectrum, not a black/white issue. I think going vegan is awesome for your health, the planet's health and for all our non-human friends, and every little bit (even just being a part-time vegan) helps. Sometimes I have a chocolate or two that have milk in them. Other than getting mad at myself because milk and refined sugar make me super sick and grumpy, I never get mad at myself for not being vegan for that one hot second. Do what you can and be nice to yourself :)

March 17, 2010 at 10:12 PM  

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