I wake up immediately hungry in the morning. It doesn’t take my stomach long to wake up and demand breakfast. While I don’t eat a large or complicated breakfast, I do need something, pronto, in the morning to take care of the growling beast within. Usually it a piece of toast with peanut butter or a bowl of homemade granola or these delicious steel cut oats triangles. Steel cut oats are hearty and delicious and while they are not difficult to cook up, they do take a little cooking time before they are ready to go which doesn’t go well with being hungry “right now”. Cooking them up ahead of time (usually on the weekend) allows me to have a quick, nutritious breakfast right when I need it.
1 cup steel cut oats
3 cups water
1 cup apple juice
*The general water to oats ratio rule is 4:1. I like using apple juice as one of the cups of liquid because it gives the oats a bit of sweetness. You can just use water in place of the juice if you prefer that. You can also half or double the recipe by using the 4:1 ratio rule.
Put oats, water, and juice into a large sauce pan and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce heat and simmer for 20-25 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes or so (more toward the end of the cook time) to keep them from sticking to the bottom of the pan. The oats should be tender (but don’t turn them to mush) and should have soaked up a majority of the liquid (but should look a bit creamy).
Pour cooked oats into a lightly greased 8×8 pan (you can use a smaller or larger pan depending on your batch size) and spread them out evenly. Allow to cool until no longer piping hot. Cover and refrigerate until firm. Cut into squares or triangle (depending on how large you want your servings to be). They are now ready for breakfast!
These keep in fridge for about 5 days to a week. Each time you want a bowl of oatmeal, pull out a cut piece and warm it up. You can either microwave the oats for about a minute or heat up a small fry pan, add a little butter and fry each side for a couple minutes until heated through. Top with whatever you would like. I love to add a small handful of almonds, dried cranberries, and milk to mine while my hubby prefers his with a bit of honey or brown sugar and no milk.
Steel cut oats cooked up this way are a delicious, filling breakfast that is ready in a jiffy!