It is officially winter in my neck of the woods.
Which means that I am officially obsessed with my down coat, my Bean boots, lazy (weekend) mornings in bed with a good book, and big, warm hearty breakfasts.
Because nothing says “I need to eat all the comforting things” like a single-digit degree days.
While pancakes and waffles are great, sometimes I want something a little lighter to start out my morning.
Which is where Cinnamon Apple Steel Cut Oats come in.
It’s warm, it’s hearty, and it literally takes only thirty minutes to make!
Plus cinnamon + apples + steel cut oats = FOREVER
For those of you who do not know what steel cut oats are, they are the actual oat itself that has been cut into smaller pieces. They cook up al dente which is a texture that I really prefer when it comes to oatmeal.
While they do take longer to cook, they yield a super creamy (yet hearty) breakfast dish!
To make the oats, grab a small saucepan and fill with some water and bring to a boil.
Then add in a ¼cup of steel cut oats, bring back to a boil, then reduce to simmer and cook for 20-25 minutes until tender! Don’t forget to stir occasionally to prevent the oats from burning on the bottom.
While the oats are cooking, make the cinnamon apple topping.
In a non-stick skillet, combine some unsalted butter and some brown sugar. Heat over medium until the butter is melted, the sugar is dissolved, and it is a delicious bubbly mess.
Then add in a diced apple (skin on!). Cook the apple in the caramel until soft and tender.
Then turn off the heat.
And add in some cinnamon and nutmeg!
When the oats are cooked, pour them into a pretty bowl.
And then spoon over the apples and the delicious caramel sauce.
For crunch, add some chopped pecans… totally optional but they definitely take it up a notch!
This is my go-to winter breakfast of champions!
What’s your winter food go-to?
- 1½ cup water
- ¼ cup steel cut oats
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar, packed
- 1 apple, diced
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Chopped pecans for garnish
- In a small saucepan set over medium-high heat, add in water. Bring to a boil.
- When the water is boiling, add in the oats and stir to combine. Bring the oats to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook for 20-25 minutes until tender. Stir oats occasionally to prevent sticking.
- While the oats are cooking, prepare the apple topping. In a non-stick skillet set over medium heat, combine butter and brown sugar. Cook until the butter is melted, the brown sugar is dissolved, and the mixture is bubbling. Add in the apples and continue to cook until tender. When the apples are cooked, remove the skillet from the heat and add cinnamon and nutmeg.
- To serve, pour the oats into a bowl and top with the apple mixture. Sprinkle over the chopped pecans and then dig in!
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