I used the quick-cooking steel cut oats from Trader Joe’s. They cook in only 8 minutes. Nuts add crunch and protein, and apples and/ or raisins add sweetness and fiber. This recipe serves 2, but you can double or triple it to store some for those weekday mornings when you need a quick warm-up before work. It’s all-natural, so much better than those instant oatmeal packets.
1 1/2 cups water
a few shakes salt
1/2 cup quick-cooking steel cut oats
2 Tb ground flax seed
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 apple (I used a honey crisp apple)
1/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup walnut pieces
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup milk
1 Tb cream (optional)
pure maple syrup or brown sugar (optional)
Peel and chop the apple into bite-size pieces. Bring water to a boil. Add salt, oatmeal. flax seed, cinnamon, apple and raisins. Lower heat and cover pot, and cook for 7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Turn off heat and stir in nuts and milk for one minute. Pour into bowls and add a tablespoon of cream for a treat. If you desire added sweetness, add maple syrup or brown sugar to taste.