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Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats



Breakfast, the most important meal of the day, or so they say. I do try and eat breakfast daily, but sometimes it's not always possible, so I will grab a protein bar, a quick cup of coffee and I'm out the door. That has been happening since my days of the military and even now that I'm retired, I still do the same thing. However, there are days when I have all the time in the world and I want to eat something substantial, but I also don't want to spend too much time doing a full on meal but I also want something simple that is still filling. At my recent yearly physical, I also got rather bad news. I may look fit and healthy, but I'm not entirely so. I found out that my bad cholesterol level is very much elevated and I might also be diabetic. What that means now is that I now have to take control of my diet and life and add in exercise. A good way to lower your cholesterol is by eating oats, and my Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats are a great way to do that. Not only does it taste amazing, it also gives me my required fibre. Oats have been dubbed one of the world's healthiest foods and is one of the best ways to start off your day.

Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats
(makes two servings, approx. one cup each)

Ingredients

1/2 cup steel cut oats
1 cup almond milk
1/2 cup water
1 medium apple, chopped (appx. 1 cup)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon coconut oil
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts, toasted
Pinch of salt
Honey (or sweetener of your choice)


Instructions

Add the almond milk, water, oats, chopped apple, cinnamon and coconut oil to a small pan and bring to a simmer.

Turn down to medium-low and cook for 5-7 minutes or until the oats are tender to your liking.

Turn the heat off and add a pinch of salt, the vanilla and sweetener of your choice (we added two tablespoons of honey). Stir to combine, taste and adjust sweetness. If the mixture is too thick, add a splash or two more almond milk or water.

Serve immediately with toasted walnuts on top, if desired.


Notes:

To toast the walnuts, add them to a small pan over medium-high heat and stir constantly for 2-3 minutes. As soon as you can smell them, remove them from the pan and let cool. Nuts can burn in a matter of seconds, so you want to be sure to stir them constantly and remove them from the pan to immediately stop the cooking.
Annmarie John
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  1. Oatmeal is my favorite breakfast, especially during the fall and winter. Usually, I grab the instant kind, but I do have steel cut oats in the pantry for days when I have more time. I like adding a chopped apple and a spoonful of peanut butter. I always use almond milk when making oatmeal and I'll have to try your recipe. Looks delicious!

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    1. Oh I grew up eating oatmeal and I always have it in my house too. The good thing about oats is that you can add almost anything to it and it will still taste great.

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  2. Apple cinnamon oats is such a fulfilling breakfast - yum! We would also love to try this with peaches. They are so wonderfully sweet and ripe right now! XO

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    1. That's a great idea too and it will taste absolutely delicious!

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  3. These look super delicious, I love apple cinnamon flavor and this seems like the perfect breakfast idea to keep me fuller longer.

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    1. Yes it will most certainly keep you fuller longer and you may not want to binge or cheat eat throughout the day.

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  4. this looks really yummy.. I have never thought to add apple cinnamon to steel cut oats. Now that I have read your recipe I wonder if I could add in Agave as a sweetener source, since that is what I use. Great suggestion

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    1. You can add whatever sweetener you prefer and if Agave is your thing then go for it.

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  5. This looks absolutely DELICIOUS! I can't wait to try out the recipe, and perfect for the upcoming fall too. I can almost smell it reading through - thanks for sharing!

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    1. While most people think of it as fall food, I like it all year round.

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  6. Oh my goodness! This looks so delicious! I'm going to pin it! I've definitely been craving some fall-ish food and this will hit the spot!

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    1. Thank you Tayler and it will surely hit the spot.

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  7. I love a good hearty bowl of oatmeal when the weather is cooler. This sounds like it would be perfect for a fall day.

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    1. Don't just think fall, it's perfect right now too.

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  8. oh yum. I really love this recipe. I love apple and cinnamon and did not know that oats was one the the worlds healthiest foods. This looks filling and a great way to being your day, energized, healthy and strong!

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    1. Yes it truly is. It helps lower cholesterol and is all around good for you.

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  9. I love oatmeal! And I need to try and get back into eating it. I have high cholesterol and I know this works. I'm not sure why I'm resistant! lol

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    1. We're usually resistant to the things that are good for us and just love the things that aren't. :)

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  10. I love steel cut oats. This is one of my favorite breakfasts of all time. The combo of apple and cinnamon sounds so delicious -perfect for Fall!

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    1. It is perfect for Fall but it's also perfect for right now too.

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  11. Ooh, this recipe sounds great. I like the use of coconut oil and almond milk. I need to try this!

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    1. Give it a try, I guarantee that you'll like it. You can use whatever fruit you prefer however.

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  12. I love crockpot oats with this flavor combination. Such a filling meal that both kids and adults enjoy!

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    1. Yes it is, you should give it a try yourself.

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  13. I love how oatmeal keeps me full all the way until lunch. You can't beat a breakfast like that. I also love apples and cinnamon so bonus for me.

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    1. It does keep you filled and that's one of the reasons why I love it myself. Brown Sugar and Cinnamon is actually one of the ways I love it best.

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  14. This is my absolutely favorite way to eat steel cut oats! The combo is healthy as well as delicious! I cook them rather quickly in my instant pot.

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    1. Isn't Instant Pots amazing? I got one for Christmas from my brother a couple of years ago and while I don't use it as much as I used to, I can't imagine life without one.

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  15. I usually don't like oats, but this sounds like something I'd probably enjoy. I'll have to try it sometime. Thanks for sharing!

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  16. One of my favourite combos is apple and cinnamon!! Even though it's still summer, these oats make me excited for the fall, and all the fall flavours used in cooking!

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    1. Fall is awesome isn't it? I know that I just love fall and all that it has to offer.

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  17. Oh good heavens, that looks absolutely scrumptious. I'm always looking for recipes to make our oatmeal breakfast even better. I can't wait to try your recipe.

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    1. Let me know how you enjoy it if you give it a try.

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  18. I love apple + cinnamon together so this oatmeal sounds right up my alley! I've also never put coconut oil in my oatmeal but I will have to try that!

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    1. Give it a try, you may actually enjoy it and to be honest, you don't taste it.

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  19. This sounds like a great apple cinnamon steel cut oat breakfast. I have never made anything like this before so I would love to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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    1. You're very welcome and you may enjoy it more than you think.

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  20. I love those heart-healthy oats. It was what my doctor suggested for me to have because oats help lower cholesterol levels in the blood. I love how you added all the yummy stuff. I'm making a bowl of this apple cinnamon steel cut oats tomorrow for breakfast.

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    1. Yes it does lower your cholesterol which is why I've been enjoying it a lot more now.

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  21. Oh my this looks delicious. i do enjoy oatmeal especially in the fall when mornings are a bit cooler.

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    1. Oh it not only looks but tastes delicious and while everyone likes to think of oatmeal great for fall and cooler seasons, it's perfect all year round.

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  22. Those look so good and I'm ready for Fall flavors. I know steel cut oats are so much better for you too.

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  23. I love fall and the cooler weather that comes with it!! This sounds like a great recipe for an oats breakfast!

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    1. I like Fall but to be honest, I'm not a fan of the cool weather. I like it warm, just not hot!

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  24. This looks so good! I'm saving for our back to school breakfast menu!

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    1. It would be great for the kids and they'll be getting a great nourishing breakfast without them even realizing it.

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  25. I usually don't eat breakfast food for breakfast, but for the last couple of weeks I've been craving oatmeal. This looks like just what I need!

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    1. This actually may be just what you need. I've noticed that when my body craves something, it usually means that I'm deficient in something that I'm yearning for.

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  26. I want to try these! I haven't had oats in a long time! I need to try these out!

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  27. Omg can we say yum!!?? This would be a perfect breakfast for the fall!!! Must pin so I remwber to make!

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    1. Well while it's perfect for fall, it's also great all year round.

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  28. Yum! That looks really good! I bet my kids would love that. It's perfect for fall.

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    1. Kids all have different taste but if you like it, they just might like it too.

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  29. Oh, I will try that. My son loves oatmeal but I am curious what other things to try.

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    1. You can try peaches, strawberries, any fruit that you like you can try. Make it your own.

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  30. I can smell the cinnamon from here! This sounds delicious and warming in the belly!

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    1. You must have superwoman smell. I couldn't and I'm right here. :) JK, by the way it's as delicious as it looks.

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  31. Mmmm, this looks delicious! We eat quite a bit of oatmeal here at our house but I have never tried the steel cut oats before.
    I heard the cook time is quite long so that's the only real reason why I haven't tired it yet. The cinnamon would be a delicious addition!

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    1. It is rather long, much longer than instant oatmeal of course, but it's also healthier for you and the time isn't too unbearable where you'll be starving by the time you're done.

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  32. Oatmeal is a great breakfast for my family because it can be so quick and easy! The only thing I'd change about this is that I'd omit the walnuts because my son is allergic. Thanks so much!

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    1. Well you just can't have that now can you? Omit and include items that you like.

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  33. I have never tried steel cut oats before, this looks amazing! I think it would be a perfect breakfast for the kids as the temps cool down!

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    1. It will make the perfect breakfast even without the cooler temps.

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  34. MY daughter love oatmeal so I will try combining these ingredients. It looks delicious!

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    1. Oatmeal tastes amazing and I love it myself too. You can even use your own ingredients to make it truly your recipe.

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  35. I wish you could come make me some because yours look better than mine ever does!
    I fell in love with steel cut oats when I was pregnant with Scarlet - during our first east coast, New England fall. Brrr...
    The fiber and cholesterol lowering aspects are huge, and the taste is great too.

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    1. Maybe one day we'll be able to cook and eat together. I really need it for my cholesterol but it does taste really good.

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  36. That looks amazing! I know what I am making for breakfast tomorrow for the whole family!

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  37. These look so delicious and healthy! The combination of apple and cinnamon seems perfect for fall!

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    1. It is perfect for fall but it's great all year round too!

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