Fall’s cool mornings just cry out for warm, filling breakfast, right? Save yourself some money on those overpriced fall-spiced lattes and coffee shop muffins the size of your head, and and make a bowl of pumpkin spice oatmeal instead. You can get your pumpkin spice fix without hurting your wallet or your waistline.
Steel cut oats are a tasty and nutritious way to start your day, but whenever I mention them, people raise some objections. The two most common ones I hear are:
They take so long to cook!
Oatmeal? Isn’t that kind of boring?
Let’s start with the first one. It’s true — Ain’t nobody got time for simmering oatmeal on a hot stove for thirty minutes in the morning. But as long as you don’t have an aversion to microwaving, you can have delicious steel-cut oatmeal in your life without waking up early to cook. Make them in the evening while you’re cleaning up from dinner. They really are just as good reheated — I promise!
And boring? Not if you add all of your favorites things! way. I love oatmeal because there are so many different ways to make it your own.
The Basic Recipe (makes 4 servings):
1 c. steel cut oats
4 c. water
Pinch of salt
Combine ingredients, bring to a boil, and reduce to a simmer for 30 minutes. Add your favorite oatmeal toppings and enjoy.
Fall Remix – Pumpkin spice oatmeal mix-ins:
I like to add mix-ins to the whole batch of oatmeal while it’s warm, then portion it out into individual pyrex bowls for storage and easy reheating. If you have a variety of food preferences in your family, though, you could certain do this bowl-by-bowl as you reheat in the morning. Down with boring oatmeal!
For a full batch, add:
1/2 can of pumpkin puree
1 T. (or more!) of pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon
Handful of dried cranberries, unsweetened applesauce, and/or a drizzle of maple syrup for sweetness (add to taste – I like cranberries for the texture)
Chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts would be excellent) or a big dollop of nut butter (I like the crunch of actual nuts, but use what you have on hand)
Microwave a single bowl, then add a splash of milk or almond milk to thin it (I will admit, refrigerated oatmeal can be a little gloppy) and cool it off. It lasts for a week in the fridge!
Have I convinced you to give steel cut oats a try? What’s your favorite warm breakfast food?