There is nothing in the world like a great breakfast. It starts off your morning right and lets you finish the day strong. Since I’ve recently made the transition from rarely eating any breakfast to polishing off a giant bowl early every morning, I’ve seriously seen a difference not only in my energy level but also in my eating habits for the rest of the day. I had heard it all my life, but breakfast truly is the most important meal of the day.
Especially when it involves healthy grains and fruit. Yum.
Fritz and I discovered steel-cut oats around Thanksgiving, and they now reign as our king of all breakfasts. At first we only had them on the weekends, because they take too long to make when you have to leave the house at 7:30. It was a sad time in our lives–until I realized I could make them in vast quantities, refrigerate the leftovers, and we could microwave them at our convienence.
So here’s a beautiful and fruit-filled sweetheart’s breakfast. Either cut the recipe in half to serve just two, or keep it the same and refrigerate the leftovers.
Sweetheart Steel-Cut Oats (with fruit)
- 1 C steel-cut oats
- 3 1/2 C water
- 1 C milk (we use skim)
- sprinkle of salt (optional)
- fruit to top–strawberries, banana, apple, sliced
Put the steel-cut oats and the water in a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer until the water is absorbed, stirring occasionally. Add the milk, and continue to cook until the oats are the consistency you want-about 30-40 minutes. You can leave out the milk, but they won’t be as creamy (and my dad and the dairy industry won’t like you as much).
This makes four servings–add a sprinkle of salt to taste, and top with the sliced fruit. If you are saving the leftovers, don’t add the fruit until you eat it. I really piled on the fruit, and it was sweet enough for me to eat without adding any extra sugar, but be creative! You can also add some peanut butter, or maple syrup, or anything else your heart craves. Make it for your significant other, and bring it to ’em in bed topped with everything they love.
This just might be the perfect start to your Valentine’s day–and you won’t be snacking all day because it will definitely fill you up until lunch.
But be careful. Steel-cut oats may change your life.