I am a fan of oats in many variations–steel cut oats, rolled oats, Scotch oats–I like them all. I also like oatmeal bread, cracked oat cereal, oatmeal cookies, and even big bowls of hot, gooey oatmeal mush.
I have often bought oat groats, the oat kernel before it has been cut or pressed. They are easily broken down with a small hand operated grinder or, for my very own “steel cut” oats, in my blender with a few pulses. For a really outstanding hot cereal, I like to use a half and half mixture of cracked oats and cracked wheat. Delicious!
Recently I came across a recipe for slow cooker steel cut oats with blueberries and peaches. The cereal and fruit is cooked overnight for 8 hours in the slow cooker on low. I thought it would be fun to try it, but had some reservations about whether or not it would really work well. If it didn’t, then I’d have to chalk it all up to a learning experience, BUT if it did work, then there’d be a lovely breakfast waiting for me when I woke up the next morning.
In short, there was a lovely breakfast waiting for me when I woke up the next morning.
For one of those ‘who IS this stranger that I married over 30 years ago’ moments, my husband went nuts over this oatmeal. Really? I mean, REALLY? I’m seriously not believing the man that he is becoming. I could weep…I thought this day would never come. We actually had a conversation this morning about steel cut oats cooked with fruit and about which type of sugar we preferred with our oatmeal and about how we liked the little bit of a ‘pop’ the oats made when we chewed them.
John has truly become the man of my dreams, my partner in weird and all things nerd.
I found this recipe on Danica’s Daily and have only adapted it very slightly. It is so easy. Sweeten the finished cereal in whatever way brings a smile to your face. We have used coconut sugar, brown sugar, agave syrup, and maple syrup or sugar (bought the maple sugar on a trip to Maine and have been hoarding it for several years). I also like to add a pat of butter and some milk to my bowl of cereal.