Steel-cut oats, a “power” food, are an excellent source of protein, fiber and select vitamins and minerals. Unlike rolled oats which are highly processed, steel-cut oats are dense and chewy as a result of being passed through sharp, steel blades that cut them into thin slices that helps retain more fiber and protein. Enhance with coconut or almond milk flavor and healthful spices like cinnamon and nutmeg.
3 ¾ cups water
1 ¼ cup steel-cut oats
¼ tsp salt
1 tbsp either almond butter, coconut milk, or coconut oil
Your choice for added flavor:
1 tsp cinnamon, or ½ tsp nutmeg, ½ tsp lemon pepper, or 1 tsp garam masala, etc.
Your choice of fruit and nuts:
Mixed berries, diced mango, sliced banana, dried fruit and nuts, etc.
In a medium saucepan, boil the water over a high heat and then stir in the steel-cut oats and salt. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 20–25 minutes or until thick, stirring occasionally. Add almond butter, coconut milk, or oil and a flavor of choice and remove from heat.
For a quicker option, you may soak the steel-cut oats overnight. To do that, bring 4 cups water to boil in a medium saucepan, add 3 ¼ cups oats and ¼ tsp salt. Let them boil for about one minute, stir and remove from the heat. Cover and let them soak overnight. The next morning, heat the oats over a medium heat, stirring occasionally, until heated through.
Serve with fruit and nuts of choice.
For a Garam Masala substitute, follow the link.
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