I’m not much of a breakfast person, probably because I’m not a morning person. I never have time to make myself pancakes, French toast or even simple scrambled eggs as I scurry out the door. In the summer I often grab a yogurt or granola bar to eat on-the-go, but in the winter I prefer a heartier breakfast, like this maple-cinnamon oatmeal made from steel cut oats, also known as Irish oats.
You must be thinking: steel cut oats, has she lost her mind? In case you’re not familiar with steel cut oats, they’re whole oat kernels that have been cut into small pieces by a “steel.” These oats are a great source of protein and fiber, and are known for helping improve cholesterol. However, they also take a relatively long time to cook (about a half hour), but I find the slightly nutty flavor and chewy texture worth the extra effort once or twice a week.
The trick is to make this oatmeal recipe in a big batch on the weekend or at night and it will last for four days. All you have to do is mix a cup of the cooked oats with a smidge of water and a half cup of frozen blueberries and microwave for 2 minutes, stirring once or twice. Quick and easy for a busy morning with very little cleanup.
Here’s the recipe:
Maple-Cinnamon Oatmeal with Blueberries – makes 4 1-cup servings
4 cups water
1 cup steel cut oats
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons maple syrup
2 cups frozen blueberries*
Pour the water into a pot set over high heat. Stir in the oats once the water reaches a boil and cook for 5 minutes. Stay close to the stove to make sure the water doesn’t boil over the edges.
Decrease the heat to low and stir in the cinnamon and maple syrup. Gently simmer the oatmeal uncovered for 25 to 30 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes, until oats have become soft and the water has been absorbed.
If eating the oatmeal hot, defrost the blueberries at room temperature or in a microwave and stir 1/2 cup blueberries into 1 cup oatmeal.
Refrigerate the rest of the oatmeal. When ready to eat, portion 1 cup oatmeal into a microwave safe bowl. Stir in 1 tablespoon water and 1/2 cup frozen blueberries and microwave for 2 minutes or until hot, stirring after the first minute.
*Blueberries available in the winter are usually very expensive, so I buy frozen blueberries that come in a resealable bag which are great this way.