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steel cut oats with apples

On especially cold mornings growing up, my Mom would feed my sister and I oatmeal! We only lived a few blocks away from our elementary school and oatmeal, she said, would “stick to our bones” and keep us warm as we walked to school.  This is what her Mom had told her, and my Grandma’s Mom had told my Grandma, and my Great-Grandma’s Mom had told my Great-Grandma.  It’s one of those things :)

And thus I give to you steel cut oats with apples – may it stick to your bones on this chilly Monday morning!

Steel Cut Oats with Apples
cook time – 40 minutes
serves 2-3 (doubles well)

Ingredients
1 tbsp butter
1/2 cup steel cut oats
2 cups water
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup chopped apples (fresh or frozen)
2 tbsp brown sugar

Instructions
1) Melt butter in medium saucepan over medium heat.

2) Add oats to sauce pan and coat in butter, toasting slightly.

3) Add water and bring to boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent oatmeal from sticking to saucepan.

4) Add milk and apples, bring back to simmer and cook another 10 minutes.

5) Add brown sugar, cook 5 more minutes, and serve.

Seasonal Variations
Have fun using seasonal fruits!  You can add them while cooking (as I did with the apples above) or sprinkle them on fresh before serving.  Some that I think would be especially tasty…

Summer – Use any kind of berries fresh or frozen.  Cooking mango, peaches, or plums in to the oatmeal is delicious as well.

Fall & Winter –  Besides apples, use cranberries or pears!

Spring – Slice up a banana right on top :)

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2 comments on “steel cut oats with apples

  1. bellaliberta
    February 6, 2012

    Sounds so yummy!!

  2. everydayspectechols
    February 6, 2012

    It is!!! Total comfort food :)

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