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.

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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.

Ingredients:

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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16 Comments

  1. Posted January 21, 2012 at 10:14 am | Permalink

    What a great idea! I never would have thought to cook steel cut oats in a rice cooker. I love oatmeal and how easy it is to change up the flavors.

  2. Posted January 21, 2012 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    This sounds so good, I may just have to head out and purchase a rice cooker! I’ve had a bag of {Gluten-free} steel cut oats on hand for several months, but haven’t cooked them yet. Do you think this would be good in the slow cooker too? I’d love to try this, but not sure we have space for another kitchen appliance :-)

  3. Janel
    Posted January 21, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    I use my rice cooker at least once a week…I love it! I make tons of 1-pot dishes in there, like risottos and mexican rice and bean type dishes. I do think the oats will work in the slow cooker too, though I haven’t tried (don’t have one). Let me know if you try it!

  4. Posted January 21, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    What a good idea. I never thought to use my rice cooker for oatmeal. Wonder if this would work in a pressure cooker?

  5. Posted January 21, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

    I love steel-cut oats – this recipe looks delicious!

  6. Posted January 21, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

    rice cookers make steel cut oats??? who knew!! this looks yummy!

  7. Posted January 21, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

    love the addition of walnuts, yum!

  8. Posted January 21, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Permalink

    Okay. I HAVE to get a rice cooker. Maybe we should have our next Boston RD gathering at your house … around your rice cooker. Your recipe sounds delish. I love all those ingredients :)

  9. Posted January 22, 2012 at 7:14 am | Permalink

    Janel I remember your tweets about your rice cooker meals and this is fantastic as I bet the dried fruit flavours would infuse a lot more than microwaving oats. So you decant the cooked batch into the fridge to store for the week, yes?

  10. Janel
    Posted January 23, 2012 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    Yes the dried fruit really sweetens up the whole dish! And yes I store the oats in the fridge all week, pre-cooked. They’re great! Hope you’re having a wonderful holiday!

  11. Janel
    Posted January 23, 2012 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    It might work just as well in a slow cooker, but yes, you do have to get a rice cooker ;) And I wouldn’t be opposed to a rice cooker party!

  12. Posted January 26, 2012 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    hadn’t thought about doing them in the rice cooker! but i do love me some steel cut oats. great idea of cooking them in coconut milk :)

  13. melanie
    Posted December 21, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    how long do you cook for? the same time on the oats pkg? could you do on stove top as well? as i don’t have a rice cooker,,, what else do you use your rice cooker for? as i’ve been thinking of buying one

  14. ewjanel
    Posted December 21, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    I cooked this in my rice cooker on the brown rice setting, so it has an automatic time and I’m actually not sure how long it is!

  15. ewjanel
    Posted December 21, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    You could absolutely cook the oats stovetop! I love my rice cooker – it was inexpensive and I use it to cook all grains (quinoa, rice, wheat berries, etc)

  16. melanie
    Posted December 21, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    when you use your rice cooker, do you use the instructions it came with – for times or do you use the pkg for times? (rice, quinoa, etc)

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