So I finally got to cross another apple recipe off my list! My husband is a huge oatmeal fan, and I knew I had to make this for him. This was his first time trying steel cut oats, and I think he’s still on the fence about them. Personally, I have trouble eating old-fashioned oatmeal now. It’s just too mushy and I prefer the heartiness of the steel cut oats. But even with the different texture, he still enjoyed the recipe! The flavor is fresh and lightly spiced with delicious chunks of apples, and perfect to warm you on a cold fall or winter morning. Just make sure to use sweeter apples as a garnish, because I made the mistake of using granny smith and they were a little too tart of a contrast.
Next on the apple list… apple pie or apple dumplings!!! 🙂
1 tablespoon butter
1 cup steel cut oatmeal
4 cups hot water
1¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1 pinch nutmeg
¼ teaspoon cardamom, or 2 cardamom pods
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup chopped apple
¼ cup pure maple syrup
¼ cup chopped walnuts, for garnish if desired
¼ cup chopped apples (sweet apples are best), for garnish if desired
In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add in the steel cut oats and toast until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add hot water and stir in cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and salt. Bring to a boil then cover and turn heat down to low; allow the oats to cook for 20 minutes.
Remove lid and stir in chopped apples and maple syrup. Continue cooking, uncovered for 10 minutes, or until oats reach your desired texture. Serve in a bowl and garnish with walnuts, chopped apples and a drizzle of maple syrup.
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I have to agre with you, Stefanie. I’m not a big fan of oatmeal and find it “too mushy.” I’ve never tried steel cut oats, though, and with your spiced apples, I bet I’ll like it. Everything’s better with apples & cinnamon.
I love oats, but only in cookies. I suppose it’s because of bad childhood memories with mushy mixture of oat and milk… The crunchy apples and cinnamon might however tempt me to try this one day. It looks very appealing.
This looks so delicious and warming at five in the morning! Yum!
Are those Crate & Barrel cereal bowls by any chance? They look just like mine (well the two I have left that aren’t broken). I love deep cereal bowls. 🙂 This looks really good. I haven’t tried steel cut oats yet either, but I think like you, I’d enjoy the texture. This looks really, really good. I wish I had some this morning!
I actually got mine from Macy’s. They’re the Noritake Colorwave collection, and those are rice bowls 🙂 They have quite a few colors to choose from too 🙂
I am so happy you posted this! I am one of those people who still loves those little packets of instant apples and cinnamon, so I’m excited to have a REAL recipe to try.
Geni - Sweet and Crumby said:
I can’t wait to try this! I love steel cut oats and think the apple addition sounds so yummy!
I love oatmeal in all forms to be honest – it’s so hearty and delicious, but to be honest, I don’t think I know the difference between steel cut and… er… what’s the other one called? In France I’ve only ever seen packets of just “oats”. I have no idea whether they’re steel cut or not… maybe it’s possible to order them from somewhere like Amazon…
Yours looks great – apple and cinnamon is made of win. Mixing with oats is the makings of a fabulous breakfast (or snack!)
Steel cut oats are essentially whole oats, and the other oats are rolled oats. Steel cut is a chunkier, more textured oatmeal and definitely worth trying if you haven’t tried it yet. You might also try looking under Irish oatmeal. Good luck!!
This is my favourite type of winter breakfast! I’m with you though, I prefer the old fashioned oats to the steel cut ones.
I’m a big oatmeal fan like your husband, but haven’t gotten into the steel cut oats. I’ll have to give this a try!