February 25, 2008

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Oatmeal

I was never much of a breakfast eater. I mean, sure...I loved going out for breakfast on a lazy weekend morning, lingering over pancakes and coffee. But, I hardly ever ate breakfast at home...most of the time just a yogurt or bagel to eat in the car. You see, I'm not usually much of a morning person; I can't get motivated enough for a proper breakfast.

However, over the past year I've come to appreciate a heartier breakfast...waking up earlier to cook up a few eggs, maybe some bacon, and actually sit down to eat. And now, I am a mess all day if I don't have breakfast.

On Friday, before I went to work at the winery, I made a small pot of oatmeal inspired by a recipe I saw at Veggie Terrain. We'd had snow, sleet, and cold temperatures for a few days and I needed something warm and soothing to start the day.

I'd never eaten steel-cut oats before, the kind that are supposed to be really good for you but take forever to cook, so I decided to use those for my breakfast.

Here's what I did:

Stir 1/2 cup of steel-cut oats & 1/2 cup raisins into 2 1/2 cups of briskly boiling water. When it begins to thicken, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add a bit more water, when needed, to retain creamy texture.

When the oats are tender, remove from heat and stir in 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 tablespoon brown sugar (or more to taste), dash of cinnamon, & 1/4 cup chopped walnuts.

Put oatmeal in a bowl and top with milk.

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The steel-cut oats are a completely different texture than rolled oats. They are little nubbins of oats that, despite cooking for a half hour, retain a chewy "al-dente" kind of texture.

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The texture was a bit odd at first, but the flavor was great (just like an oatmeal cookie!) and I quickly finished off the entire pot!

2 comments:

Rach said...

Looks so good, Kelly!

Back to work tomorrow----sigh!

:) Rach

jd said...

Hi there!

For some reason, I thought I left a comment on for this post before, but maybe I only imagined it :)

Anyway, I just wanted to thank you for linking to my Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Oatmeal post!

I'm glad that you enjoyed it - I'll definitely have to try it with steel cut oats some time. (Gotta love that "al dente" texture! Haha - great description!)

Thanks again for the link!