Discovering new foods is one of my favourite things about blogging. I first read about steel cut oats a few months back on a blog I love and have wanted to try them ever since. Essentially, steel cut oats are unprocessed which means they keep more of their vitamins and minerals. The regular rolled oats we all know have been steamed and flattened so they cooks faster. Although I was intrigued, I put this food trial on the back burner because I was convinced I’d need to go out and hunt for the oats. Wasn’t I surprised when I stumbled upon them at
Maxi Super C (oups! made a mistake, sorry guys) of all places. Yup, right there on the shelf, next to the regular Quaker oatmeal.
The next morning, as I took out the carton and started prepping, the BF looked skeptical. My previous attempt at “fancy” oatmeal had been somewhat of a catastrophe and I’m sure he had his doubts about this. But he loved it just as much as I did.
Steel cut oats have a completely different texture than regular oatmeal. They’ve got more bite. In fact, they’re almost chewy. The flavour is so much better too – a little nutty. It’s the perfect healthy, hearty breakfast to start your day off right. They take a while to cook (30 minutes), but it’s totally worth it. Plus, you can jazz them up with just about anything you like: maple syrup, raisins, nuts, bananas – name it.
In this version, I cooked the oats in milk for extra creaminess and added cinnamon, a shredded apple and a big dollop of apple butter that I had just made. It was so good, I ate the cold leftovers later in the morning and liked it just as much.
I’d give you a recipe, but this is one of those dishes that you can easily improvise. Just follow the instructions on the carton and add whatever fruit and spices float your boat 10 minutes before it is done. If you’re a little “Type A” and really need precise instructions, check out the recipe that inspired me on the blog Annie’s eats.