Maple Orange Steel Cut Oatmeal with Pistachios and Cayenne

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!

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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.

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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:

apple walnut

apricot pistachio

blueberry almond

cherry almond

cherry pecan

cranberry walnut

lime macadamia

nectarine pecan

pear macadamia

raspberry pistachio

 

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.

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Maple Cayenne Oatmeal with Oranges and Pistachios
Jazz up your healthy steel cut oats recipe with this maple cayenne steel cut oats with oranges and pistachio. There are other fruit and nut combinations at the bottom of the blog post with great ideas to swap out for the oranges and pistachios if you want more selection.
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  1. Place oats and water in an electric pressure cooker and set to cook for 5 minutes. Let it come down from pressure naturally. Meanwhile, supreme and cut out orange segments and chop.
  2. When the oatmeal is done, gently stir in the remaining ingredients. Taste and adjust sweetness or add salt if desired. If serving bar style with other options, just add the syrup and cayenne to the oatmeal and mix. Serve with the other options separate.
Recipe Notes

If you want to try other recipes options, we like: apple walnut, apricot pistachio, blueberry almond, cherry almond, cherry pecan, cranberry walnut, lime macadamia, nectarine pecan, pear macadamia, or raspberry pistachio.

***If you are not using an electric pressure cooker, follow package directions for cooking your oatmeal to yield 4 cups of cooked oats.

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