Steel cut oats are flavored with pure maple syrup, chopped walnuts and crisp apples to create a bowl of breakfast perfection.
Is there anything better than pure, fresh maple syrup? Golden in color and caramel in flavor, it is one of my favorite ways to naturally sweeten muffins, yogurt, pancakes and of course, oatmeal.
Yesterday I celebrated my birthday with a picture perfect Fall day complete with apple orchards, farm stands and pumpkin patches. The sun was shining and the air was crisp. Truly, I could not have asked for a better way to spend my birthday than enjoying my favorite season with my family.
In honor of spending many more birthdays together, I created this healthy and delicious bowl of steel cut oats full of protein, fiber and antioxidants. In addition to spending one of the best years of my life watching my little boy grow from newborn to toddler, I am also celebrating another milestone: After losing close to 60 pounds this past year, I am officially the smallest I have ever been in my adult life.
It feels so good knowing that I am setting a positive example of a healthy lifestyle for my son. Fitting into skinny jeans doesn’t feel so bad either. 😉
Thank you for sharing the past year with me. Cheers to 32!
- 1 c steel cut oats
- 2 c milk - fat free
- 2 c water
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp nutmeg
- ½ tsp ground ginger
- ½ tsp ground cloves
- 2 apples - cored and diced
- ¼ c walnuts - chopped
- ¼ c flax seed meal
- ¼ c toasted wheat germ
- 2 tbs pure maple syrup
- In a medium sauce pot, whisk milk, water, vanilla, salt and spices (cinnamon through cloves) over medium heat. Whisk frequently until mixture begins to bubble around the edges.
- Once liquid is bubbling lightly, stir in steel cut oats. Return pot to a boil then reduce heat to low and cook for 15 minutes.
- About 2 minutes before the end of cooking time, stir in apples, walnuts, flax and wheat germ.
- Serve with maple syrup on top.