Today I have a steel cut oatmeal recipe that is adaptable to different flavors and I’ll have suggestions for you at the end. So gather your healthy breakfast oats, toppings, and the recipe below and get started!
After experimenting with both the regular cooking method and the Instant Pot, I have to say I enjoy the instant pot for making oatmeal. I used basic directions from Detoxanista for getting the plain oats cooked in the Instant Pot. If you don’t have an electric pressure cooker you can cook your steel cut oats according to package directions. Not a problem at all. I have a video comparing the regular vs. IP over on my YouTube channel if you want to see the outcome of both methods.
One of the things I love about this recipe is the maple-cayenne is a base. Then you can add different fruit and nut combinations.
Here’s how to make it:
Start by cooking your oats. I used steel cut oats in my recipe but you can use whatever you like. Also, you can cook them however you like, but I used an instant pot. Start with 2 cups dry oats which makes about 4 cups cooked. Then add 1/2 cup maple syrup to the whole batch and 1 teaspoon cayenne. This won’t be really spicy, but you’ll have just the slightest kick. Taste it to see if you want to add more syrup or a bit of salt.
Then you can get creative. I like to put out a whole toppings bar, but today I’ve made orange pistachio by adding 2 cups chopped, supremed orange segments and 1 cup pistachio meats. I always like to sprinkle more over the top.
Quick hint- if you want to skip the supreming of the orange segments, you can also use canned mandarin oranges, just drain and chop them.
Some other Combinations:
Although I love orange-pistachio, I don’t like to get stuck in a rut. If you start with the same maple cayenne base, you can use any of these fruit nut combinations that we love. Just replace the two cups oranges with 2 cups of the fruit, and the 1 cup pistachio with 1 cup of the other nut you choose.
If you’re doing it in a bar with choices, set the options out in jars or bowls and let people add as much as they want to their base.
Here are some options that we love:
That should keep you out of the boring oatmeal rut for a while!
What do you like in your oatmeal? I’d love if you’d tell me in the comments! I’m always up to try something new.