Apple Cinnamon Oats
What makes a food your favorite food? Is it the way it tastes or how frequently you eat it?
I love oatmeal. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t eat it as often as I do. I think I like the way ice cream tastes better, though. So if it based on taste, I’ll go with the ice cream (by the way, I just typed basted twice before I could get out based).
If favorite are based on frequency, though, oatmeal is the winner hands down. Nearly every morning I have it for breakfast. Just old fashioned oats, cooking for 2 minutes, left to sit for 5 minutes or so, nuked again for 30 seconds and then sprinkled with cinnamon. Lots of cinnamon. Borderline cinnamon challenge amounts. And if I don’t have that for breakfast, you betcha it’ll be my afternoon snack.
And dessert? Oatmeal + peanut butter. I adore it. Too much.
I truly don’t enjoy sweets in the morning so I reduced the amount of sugar going on in this recipe. I also bulked up the amount of fruit and I liked both changes a lot (although I’ve never tried the original ATK version seen here).
Steel Cut Oats with Apples and Raisins (2 servings)
2.5 cups water, divided
1/2 cup steel-cut oats
¼ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
1 apple, peeled, cored and chopped
2 T raisins
1 tsp packed brown sugar
Spray a medium saucepan with cooking spray and heat to medium. Add oats and toast 2-3 minutes until fragrant. Remove from pan. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Stir the toasted oats. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer gently thick, about 20 minutes.
Stir in the salt, cinnamon, apple, and brown sugar. Continue to simmer, stirring occasionally and adding the additional 1/2 cup of water until the mixture is thick and oats are tender. This will take about 10 more minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand 5 minutes before serving. Top with 1 tablespoon of raisins per bowl.