I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I am obsessed with oatmeal. It is the ultimate comfort food to me. I’ve been drooling over LOTS of oatmeal recipes in the blogosphere lately and I’ve been dying to try many of them. Kara does not eat oatmeal and turned up her nose to the idea but…I’m very convincing. (;
We made this oatmeal last weekend and I have eaten a bowl for dinner every night since. Oatmeal is a breakfast, lunch and dinner kind of meal in my opinion! Cliff and my Mom both tried and loved it too. Aside from the couple of bites they each had, I kept all of this to myself. Sorry guys.
I don’t cook with steel cut oats all that often…mostly because regular rolled oats are so quick and convenient and steel cut takes a little more time. But I want to eat steel cut more because they’re so healthy. So I was excited to try this recipe out and hopefully find a steel cut oatmeal recipe that I loved.
And I loved it. Total success. Try this recipe! I’ll be making it again and again!!
- ½ cup steel cut oats
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 2 cups hot water
- 1½ cups old-fashioned oats
- 3 tablespoon brown sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon grated nutmeg
- 1 cup dried fruit, (we used a berry medley from bulk section)
- ¼ cup milk (we used skim)
- ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the brown sugar, salt and cinnamon and stir to combine. Cook until gently bubbling, about 1 minute. Add the apple and pear slices and toss to coat. Cook until tender, and most of the liquid in the pan has been reduced, about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place the steel cut oats in a large bowl with the butter. Pour the hot water over the oats and cover the bowl. Let stand for 20 minutes.
- After the steel cut oats have finished soaking, stir in the old fashioned oats, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir in the dried fruit next. In a liquid measuring cup, whisk together the wet ingredients: milk, apple sauce, maple syrup, and vanilla. Stir the wet ingredients into the oat mixture.
- Spread the cooked apples and pears on the bottom of a baking dish (about 2 quart). Pour the oatmeal mixture on top of the apples and pears. Bake uncovered for 35-40 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly before serving.
- Before serving. drizzle serving bowls lightly with maple syrup, if desired. If reheating leftovers, add a couple tablespoons of water and stir together after heating up.