Make Ahead Breakfast: Steel Cut Oatmeal

Yesterday, I complained about a soup-eater in the office who was stinking up the area with powdered soup first thing in the morning. It got worse from there– lunchtime brought fried chicken and the drive home left me sitting in traffic between several fast-food restaurants. When I got home, I just wanted to eat the blandest, most odor-less thing I could possibly find.

I decided on steel-cut oats, which I’d never had before, but recently purchased because of a post on another blog that had some cool ideas for make-ahead weekday breakfasts. The other bonus was that they are really filling, so it settled my stomach after a day of not eating (other than the cake ball from my friend).

I read the directions on the container and decided to spice up the recipe a bit by using… SPICES! That totally defeated the purpose of my choosing oatmeal, since it was no longer bland. But plain-Jane oatmeal would have been a really lame post.

Step 1: Bring 1 cup of 2% milk to a boil over medium heat. Keep an eye on it and don’t let it boil over or burn.

Step 2: Add 3/4 tsp of vanilla extract, 1/2 heaping tsp of cinnamon and 1/8 tsp of nutmeg (that may have been a little heavy on the nutmeg, so feel free to use less).

 Step 3: Add 1/2 cup of steel cut oats– use less if you prefer runny oatmeal

Step 4: Cook uncovered on LOW heat for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally so it doesn’t stick to the bottom of your pan.

 Step 5: When it’s close to being done, add 1 tbsp brown sugar to sweeten it up. 

 Step 6: Remove from heat and drizzle with honey

The Next Day: If you have leftovers, add a generous splash of half and half to the container (and more honey, if you are a honey addict like I am…). When you get to the office, microwave for about a minute and a half (keep an eye on it, because the milk will bubble up and can spill over) and enjoy for breakfast!

I actually really liked the Day 2 Oatmeal, so this may become a go-to breakfast for me. It does take a long time to cook the oats on the stove but it’s totally worth it, because it tastes much richer than instant oats. You can get creative with your oatmeal and mix in fresh fruit, nuts, or raisins to add more flavor and texture!

2 thoughts on “Make Ahead Breakfast: Steel Cut Oatmeal

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