Loving oats has always been tough for me. I have spent a lot of dollars and time trying to at least LIKE them enough to make this healthful choice at breakfast a little easier. After 20 or so years I think I may have found the solution–Irish steel cut oats made with coconut milk, a dash of cinnamon and topped with chopped fresh mangos!
The mouth feel is so creamy, the small round oats are firm and kind of explode in your mouth like caviar, and the fruit adds soft tropical sweetness–whats not to love about that?? My cholesterol has never been an issue–it usually runs about 120–but if you are looking for an easy way to drop yours a few points, this is it! Keep in mind this does take a little more time to make than traditional oats — around 35-40 minutes if you do it on the stove top, but it is super simple and totally worth it. If you don’t have that kind of extra time in the morning, do what my mother-in-law does and use your crock pot. Before you tuck yourself in at night, just throw the liquids, cinnamon, and oats into a metal bowl (that will fit into the crock pot), place it in the crock pot, surround it with a water bath, set it on low, cover and go to bed. When you get up in the morning you will have a perfectly cooked, warm and healthful breakfast waiting for you. All you need to do in the morning is slice up your fresh fruit and you are set! Heck, on Sunday night make a pot big enough to feed your family for the week. Monday morning you can eat your fresh oats and store the remainder in the fridge to warm in the micro the rest of the week. How smart and simple is that??
Oh, this morning I added some of my Baklava crunch nuts too–it was such a very nice treat!
Steel cut oats
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups Silk’s coconut milk
- dash of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice or a combination of all 3!
- fresh fruit, sliced
Stovetop: Warm your water and coconut milk slowly until it is boiling. Stir in the oats and spices, reduce heat to low and simmer for about 30 minutes stirring occasionally. Serve with fresh fruit over the top. Add more coconut milk as desired!
Crockpot: Put water, coconut milk, oats, and spices into the crock pot and mix well. Put the lid on and turn the heat to low. Let cook for 8-9 hours. Serve with fresh fruit and added coconut milk (as desired).