Walk-Away Oatmeal: 2 Delicious Recipes

My usual breakfast is a nutrient-packed green smoothie containing fresh fruit, greens such as kale and spinach, and soaked almonds and/or ground flax (for Omega 3’s and protein).

But a couple of times a week, I take a break from my raw smoothies for some comfort food. My favorite comfort food breakfast? A warm bowl of oatmeal!

A lot of people think oatmeal means an instant oatmeal packet. In those instant packets, not only is the oatmeal pulverized practically too flour, but often artificial flavors and sweeteners are added.

Even old-fashioned rolled oats aren’t my top choice. They’ve been steamed and rolled into flakes, so they digest pretty quickly, leaving you hungry again an hour or so later.

So let’s talk about new-and-improved oatmeal. It’s better to go for whole grains that have a low glycemic index and more of the fiber intact, which will lead to sustained energy throughout the morning.

Steel-cut oats are the way to go. Steel-cut oats are simply oat groats cut into a few pieces with a sharp metal blade.

They are pretty quick cooking – 25 minutes from start to finish on top of the stove.

But I know on a busy morning, even 25 minutes can seem to long, so I’ve got the perfect solution to steel-cut oats on a busy morning – Walk-Away Oatmeal!

It’s called “Walk Away” because you can put it in the oven for 20 minutes while you go do other morning things, like take a shower.

Here are two recipes – for sweet and savory oatmeal.

(If you’ve never had savory oatmeal, you’re in for a treat!)


Recipe #1:

Steel-Cut Oats with Apple

Yield: 3 servings
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  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup steel-cut oats
  • pinch salt
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup pecans, chopped
  • almond milk, to serve (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Put the water, oats, and salt in a medium oven-proof pot or dutch oven with a lid, and bring to a boil. Turn off the heat.

Put the pot in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.

Remove the pot from the oven. Add the apple and raisins and stir. Let stand, covered, for 5 minutes before serving.

Serve with almond milk, if desired.

Want to make your own almond milk? Click here for the recipe.


Recipe #2:

Savory Steel-Cut Oats with Scallions and Tamari

Yield: 3 servings
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  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup steel-cut oats
  • pinch salt

Garnishes:

  • 3 tablespoons thinly sliced scallions (green onions)
  • 3 tablespoons raw cashews or almonds, chopped
    tamari or shoyu
  • Toasted sesame oil (optional)
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Put the water, oats, and salt in a large oven-proof pot or dutch oven with a lid, and bring to a boil. Turn off the heat.

Put the pot in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.

Remove the pot from the oven. Let stand, covered, for 5 minutes before serving.

Top each bowl of oatmeal with about 1 tablespoon of sliced green onions, 1 tablespoon of chopped cashews, 1/2 teaspoon of tamari, and 1/2 teaspoon of toasted sesame oil.

Variations:

  1. Add a few pieces of torn dulse leaves to each bowl (dulse is a sea vegetable).
  2. Add 1/4 cup steamed kale, collards, or spinach to each bowl.
  3. Replace the cashews or almonds with sunflower or sesame seeds. (raw or toasted)

My morning routine?

Get up, bring the water and oats to a boil while I have a glass of water, pop it in the oven while I shower, and then voila – breakfast is served.

If you’re wondering what pot to bake the oatmeal in, just make sure it’s oven-proof with a heavy lid. (Most good saucepans can go in the oven unless they have plastic handles).

I prefer to use a dutch oven. I love my Le Creuset, but it is pricey. Lodge is a great alternative.

I alternate the sweet version and the savory, depending on my mood. Savory oatmeal reminds me a little bit of Risotto! And sometimes I’ll add a handful of steamed greens on top of my savory oatmeal, so I can still have some veggies for breakfast.

So if you .ever feel like a change of pace from your green smoothie, try the comfort of Walk-Away Oatmeal.

P.S. Do you have a favorite oatmeal recipe that you enjoy? Let me know in the comments!

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