To help make breakfast less stressful and more nutritious, try this recipe for Make Ahead Steel-Cut Oats (sometimes called Irish Oatmeal).
A steel-cut oat is a whole grain groat that has been cut into small pieces. Unlike rolled or instant oats, steel-cut oats haven’t been partially pre-cooked, so they retain more of their natural taste, texture, and nutrients.
They take longer to cook compared to quick oats, about 20 minutes in total. But that’s okay (that’s why were making them ahead), the nutty flavour and chewy texture are worth it. And… this type of oatmeal can be reheated without loosing its chew – Awesome!
Steel-cut oatmeal will last up to 5 days in the fridge, so make a big batch! When you’re crazy busy in the morning, you’ll be glad you did. It’s a satisfying breakfast that will keep you feeling comfortably full until your mid-morning break.
Delicious Steel-Cut Oatmeal Toppings:
- Dried Fruit: blueberries, currents, raisins, apricots, cranberries, coconut.
- Nuts and Seeds: walnuts, pecans, almonds, peanuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds.
- Dairy: Milk, almond milk, soy milk, yogurt.
- Sweeteners – Dark chocolate chips, maple syrup, honey, brown sugar, agave.
- Fresh or Frozen Fruit: fruit salad, peaches, raspberries, grated apple, frozen blueberries (the heat from the oatmeal thaws them quickly).
Steel-Cut Oat Tips:
- You can find steel-cut oats at most grocery stores, usually next to boxed oatmeal or in the British/international isle (especially if the oats are labeled as Irish Oatmeal). If you can’t find them, try a bulk food store — they usually have it, and for a great price, too!
- To tell if steel-cut oats are done cooking, taste them. You can slightly under-cook, or over-cook the oats depending of how much chew you like.
- Steel-cut oats give you 100% whole grains — not partially hydrogenated oils, artificial flavours, artificial colours, or unnecessary amounts of sugar and salt.