A hearty bowl of Apple Walnut Steel Cut Breakfast Oats packed with diced apples, shredded carrots, sweet raisins, spices, and walnuts. These breakfast oats are sugar-free, whole grain, and full of good for you ingredients!
I’m not going to pretend that oats are top on my breakfast list. There’s a rotation and this week, oats are back on. Although breakfast tacos sounded superb everyday this week, the clean, healthy feeling in my belly after eating this oatmeal made me appreciate these wholesome ingredients.
These Apple Walnut Steel Cut Oats are less oat focused, that is packed with an extraordinary ratio of other ingredients that turn this bowl of oats into spoonfuls of apples, carrots and raisins. All naturally sweet ingredients, so there is no need to add sugar or maple syrup, although I won’t judge if you do!
Why Steel Cut Oats for Breakfast? A couple reasons.
- Texture. Steel cut oats remind me of barley – they’re thick, chewy and have a denser texture that really fills me up!
- According to Bob’s Red Mill Blog, steel–cut oats are minimally processed and contain more fiber and density than rolled oats.
TIP | You might be thinking that steel cut oats take too long to cook. An overnight soak cuts the cooking time to just a few minutes.
A hearty bowl of Apple Walnut Steel Cut Breakfast Oats is a great way to start your day healthy and happy! Packed with diced apples, shredded carrots, sweet raisins, spices, and walnuts, these breakfast oats are sugar-free, whole grain, and full of good for you ingredients!
- 1 cup steel cut oats (soak these overnight)
- 3 cups water
- 2 medium apples, diced
- 1 Tbsp water
- 1/2 cup grated carrot, more to top
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1 cup milk of choice (add more milk for a creamier texture)
- 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, more to top
- 1 Tbsp ground flax seed, optional
Soaking makes vitamins and minerals in the oats easier for your body to absorb, aids in digestion, and it reduces your cooking time to 5 minutes!
To soak steel cut oats, add 1 cup oats to 3 cups room temp water. Let site overnight on the counter. Drain and rinse in the morning.
In a medium saucepan, mix diced apples, 1 Tbsp water, shredded carrots, spices and salt. Sauté on medium heat until apples start to soften, about 3 minutes.
Add drained oats, raisins, vanilla and milk. Simmer over medium-low heat until oats are tender - about 5 minutes.
Stir in walnuts. Sprinkle with flax seed, more carrots, raisins - whatever makes you happy!
*if you reheat this oatmeal, add a splash of water or milk to loosen the oats.
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