Thursday, May 30, 2013

10 Minute Steel-Cut Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

I saw a version of this recipe on America's Test Kitchen and was sold. We are a big oatmeal eating family but sometimes the classic rolled oats are boring and lack a hearty bite. Luckily, now we can all make perfect steel cut oatmeal (that usually takes close to an hour) in ten minutes. Here's the trick...

Like all hard delicious things (think beans, grains) soaking is the key. So the night before pour boiling water over the oats and in the morning simmer with grated apple, milk, cinnamon, and brown sugar. In ten minutes breakfast is ready.

This is a seriously fuel-filled breakfast so plan it for a day when you'll need some energy. Recently we hiked around Cedar Tree Neck with our steel cut oatmeal power.

10 Minute Steel-Cut Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal 

3 cups water 
1 cup steel-cut oats 
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup whole milk (or nut milk)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 apple, grated
2 tablespoon dark brown sugar 
chopped mixed raw nuts and maple syrup for topping 

1.  The night before, bring 3 cups water to boil in large saucepan over high heat. Remove pan from heat; stir in oats and salt. Cover pan and let stand overnight.

2. In the morning, stir milk, cinnamon, apple, and brown sugar into oats and bring to boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until oats are softened but still retain some chew and mixture thickens and resembles warm pudding, 4 to 6 minutes.

3. Remove pan from heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Stir and serve, passing desired toppings separately (I like chopped mixed raw nuts and maple syrup).


  1. THIS is what oatmeal is supposed to be.

    1. This is a seriously fuel-filled breakfast so plan it for a day when you'll need some energy. Recently we hiked around steel cutting Cedar Tree Neck with our steel cut oatmeal power.

  2. I just tried this out this morning. It was delicious. I substituted a cup of blueberries since they are in abundance here right now. It was perfect. I can't wait to try it with your apples next time. Thanks for this great recipe :)

  3. You forgot the half cup of apple cider if you're following the recipe exactly

    1. She also doubled the amount of milk to compensate I guess. She also halved the salt, doubled the cinnamon and didn't toast the walnuts first. I went the other direction and left the milk out and left the apple cider at 1/2 cup as ATK specified. The oats barely need cooking at all in the morning though the apple additions do and it needs to be cooked down. I like mine thick so I left the milk out because I don't like it and it would be just that much additional liquids. I've made it twice now and tried half the brown sugar this morning as I thought the original too sweet. This is the fun of this kind of recipe is you can make all sorts of adjustments and make it your own.

      I do have to add for those of us who don't have other people to feed with it, it makes a LOT of cooked oatmeal so you can cut back on the quantities but my solution was to put the excess in a container in the refrigerator and the next few mornings dish it out and heat in the microwave. You can't get faster than that. It gets a little thicker and I like that best but you can add a bit more liquid if you like soupier.

      Oh and they warned on ATK and I had it the first time after the soak it may look GREEN on top, just stir it in and it's fine.

  4. Apple Cinn Oatmeal with raw sliced almonds and maple syrup was breakfast this morning! It was my first time making it and I am sold! I will never eat the gross store bought stuff in a packet again!

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