Recipe ReDux: Apple and Maple Walnut Oatmeal
I know, I know. This bowl of brown who-knows-what isn’t much to look at. But bear with me, because it tastes amazing.
This month’s Recipe ReDux theme is “Fresh Start – A New Approach to Breakfast.” So you may be wondering why I made oatmeal for breakfast, since its really nothing new. The method I used to cook it, however, is new (to me, at least!).
This winter, I’ve gotten into a pretty regular habit of making steel cut oats in my rice cooker. Seriously, what can’t that amazing kitchen tool do?I’ll mix steel cut oats in the canister with some dried fruit, nuts, cinnamon, coconut milk, and a pinch of salt and magically have perfectly cooked oats for breakfast all week. And a different combo of dried fruit and nuts completely changes the flavor each time. I’ve never successfully cooked steel cut oats before – I always wind up with an explosion in the microwave or on the stovetop. Actually, I bought this container of steel cut oats by accident. I meant to get the regular oats, but didn’t want to return the steel cut, which is how I wound up tossing them in the no-fail rice cooker. Steel cut oats are so chewy and satisfying, I’m glad I gave them another shot!
This latest batch of oats is one of my very best yet.
2 cups steel cut oats
2.5 cups light coconut milk (canned)
3.5 cups water
1 package of dried diced apples from Bob’s Red Mill
A lot of cinnamon (probably close to a tablespoon – love it!)
Pinch of salt
About 1/3 cup crushed walnuts
2 Tbsp pure maple syrup
Small splash of vanilla extract
This absolutely tastes like dessert for breakfast. It’s nearly 9pm as I type this and I kinda can’t wait to wake up to this for breakfast tomorrow morning. All I have to do is microwave a bowl of it and in under 2 minutes I’ll have breakfast ready to start my day off right!
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