It's a well known fact that a wholesome breakfast is vital to our health, providing us with the fuel we need to kick start our day. Oatmeal, particularly steel cut, is a tasty and satisfying choice for the morning. It takes a bit of time to cook, but can be prepared a day ahead and reheated when needed. My go to brand is Bob's Red Mill Steel Cut Oats. They make a delicious oatmeal! It can be found in many supermarkets and at Whole Foods. I made this batch with dried currants, cherries, and a pinch of cinnamon, but certainly the choice of toppings and add ons are limitless. You can find some tasty alternatives included in the recipe below. Here's to a great morning!
Morning oats with Currants and Cherries
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup milk (can be nut or soy)
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 1/3 cup dried currants
- 1/3 cup dried cherries
- pinch cinnamon
- pinch salt
- 2 T. brown sugar (optional)
In a saucepan, heat the water and milk to a gentle boil. Stir in the oats, currants, dried cherries, and cinnamon. Return to a boil, then decrease the heat to low, and cover. Allow to cook without stirring for 25-30 minutes. The oatmeal should be thickened, and the grains soft yet chewy. Add toppings of your choice.
Make Ahead: Store cooked oatmeal covered in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat gently in the pan, adding a little water if necessary, or warm in the microwave.
Toppings: fresh berries, unsweetned coconut flakes, grated apples, grated pears, applesauce, sliced bananas, sliced figs, toasted nuts, to name a few.
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