Apple and Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal

Since discovering the amazing taste and texture of Steel Cut Oats versus regular old-fashioned rolled oats, I’ve been trying new combinations of flavors regularly.  One combination that I keep coming back to is the classic cinnamon and apple combo.  I just cannot resist the aroma of apples simmering in cinnamon!  I used the base of my basic Steel Cut Oats recipe and tweaked this recipe from Taste of Home to create a delicious, healthy, and hearty breakfast.

Enjoy! 🙂

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Apple And Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal

Yield:  4 – 6 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 1 apple, peeled and diced
  • ¾ cup raisins (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Chopped nuts, for garnish (optional)
  • Maple syrup, for serving (optional)

Directions:

In a large pan over medium heat, melt butter.  Add oats and cook for 2 minutes, stirring often.  Add apple, raisins (if using), brown sugar, cinnamon, and boiling water.  Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and cook for 30 minutes.  Do not stir.

Add milk and salt, stir, cover, and cook for an additional 25 minutes.  Remove from heat and allow the oatmeal to sit undisturbed for 10 minutes before serving.

Garnish with nuts and maple syrup, if desired.

Steel Cut Oatmeal

I mentioned my newfound love for oatmeal a few months back, but after our recent trip to New York, I have fallen in love with it all over again!  On our trip, I was able to enjoy a bowl of the most creamy and dreamy steel cut oats.  Upon reaching  home, one of the first things I did was search online for a recipe that would produce similar results.

Enter Alton Brown.

The man is a culinary genius.  His recipe is genius.  This oatmeal is by far the creamiest and dreamiest I have ever eaten.  It’s the perfect canvas for any variety of toppings.  Go and give it a shot, I promise it won’t disappoint 😉

 

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Steel Cut Oatmeal 

Yield:  4 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 3 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ teaspoon salt (optional)

 Directions:

In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.  Add oats and toast for 2 minutes, stirring often.  Add boiling water, reduce heat to medium-low, and cover and cook 25 to 30 minutes.  Do not stir.

Add milk and salt (if using), stir, cover, and cook for an additional 15 to 20 minutes.  Remove from heat and allow the oatmeal to sit undisturbed for 10 minutes before serving.

Refrigerate leftovers.

Apple and Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal

I cannot resist the heavenly combination of apples and cinnamon.  There is just something so divine about the pairing of both that I just can’t help myself.  This oatmeal is a combination of my obsession with apple+cinnamon and my newfound obsession with oatmeal.  It’s almost like having dessert for breakfast, minus the guilt 😉

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Apple and Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal

Yield:  4 Servings

Ingredients:

For cooked apples:

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 ½ apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

For oatmeal:

  • 1 ½ cup steel cut oats
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 1 ½ cups old-fashioned oats
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

Make cooked apples:

Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat.  Add sliced apples, cinnamon, and brown sugar and stir to coat evenly.  Cook until the apples are golden brown and caramelized, about 15 minutes, and stir occasionally.  Remove from heat.

Make Oatmeal:

Preheat oven to 350°F and set aside a greased baking dish.

Place steel cut oats and butter in a large bowl.  Pour hot water over the oats and cover.  Allow it to stand for 20 minutes.

After the oats have finished soaking, stir in the old-fashioned oats, brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon.  In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, applesauce, maple syrup (or honey), and vanilla.  Add liquid to oats and stir to combine.

Spread cooked apples over the bottom of the baking dish.  Pour the oatmeal mixture on top of the apples.  Bake for 35 to 40 minutes.  Cool slightly before serving.

(Adapted from Annie’s Eats)

Banana and Blueberry Baked Oatmeal

As of the recent past, we’ve made a conscious effort to maintain a healthier lifestyle.  I’ve been experimenting with swapping out all-purpose flour with whole wheat, fats in baked goods with yogurt or applesauce, etc.

With all of these (yummy) changes, breakfast is the one meal that seems to allude me.  A boiled egg and a slice of wheat toast can entertain one for only so long.

Enter my search for healthy and equally delicious breakfast ideas.

The first place I turned to was Asiya’s site Chocolate and Chillies.  I stumbled upon her baked oatmeal recipe and was totally sold.  Like her, I too was not a big oatmeal fan.  Growing up, I was never acquainted with oatmeal, other than in cookies, so a bowl of mushy oatmeal without any flavor was very unappealing to me.  This dish opened my eyes to the wide and vast world of oatmeal!  It isn’t mushy, and the bananas and blueberries take ordinary oats to a higher level.

I’ve jumped on the oatmeal bandwagon, so stay tuned for another oat-based breakfast recipe coming your way soon 😉

 

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Banana and Blueberry Baked Oatmeal

Yield: 4 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • ¼ cup walnuts or pecans, chopped, lightly toasted, and divided
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup maple syrup or honey
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 bananas, peeled and sliced 1/2-inch thick
  • 1 cup blueberries

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375°F and set aside a greased 2-quart baking dish.

In a medium bowl, combine oats, half of the nuts, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.

In a separate bowl, combine maple syrup or honey, milk, egg, butter, and vanilla.

Spread the sliced bananas in a single layer over the bottom of the baking dish. Top with half of the blueberries. Sprinkle the oat mixture over the fruit evenly. Pour the liquid ingredients over the oats and sprinkle remaining nuts and blueberries over the top.

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until the top is browned and the oats have set. Cool for 10 minutes before serving.