Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Steel cut oats with vanilla almond milk and blueberries

I just discovered my new favorite breakfast, steel cut oatmeal with vanilla almond milk. It is so good. The vanilla almond milk contributes so much sweetness that it almost tastes like dessert for breakfast. I didn't realize how sweet it would be so I also added sugar in the raw, which I didn't really need.

Almond milk is something I'm trying these days in an attempt to cut back on dairy.  We think dairy might make our little girlie's tummy gassy/upset (but it could just be her immature digestive track and have nothing to do with dairy).  Regardless, I don't mind cutting back a bit on dairy if it might make her feel better. 

Steel cut oats supposedly help with milk supply for breastfeeding. I don't know how "real" that is but I've read it in multiple places. Either way, we all know oatmeal is filled with health benefits. The only downside is that steel cut oats take a while to make, I only made one serving but wish I would have made enough for the entire week.

Steel cut oats with vanilla almond milk and blueberries (one serving, recipe adapted from Quaker Oats)

Ingredients

1/4 cup steel cut oats
1 1/2 cups vanilla almond milk
Handful of blueberries
Sugar in the raw, optional

Preparation

In a medium sauce pan, bring the milk to a boil, add the oats and reduce to a simmer, stirring occasionally for 25-30 minutes. Pour oats into a bowl and top with blueberries and sugar.

14 comments:

  1. Looks delicious! I love steel cut oatmeal. I usually make 4 servings when I make it and eat it all week.

    Katie

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  2. That looks very yummy and healthy!
    Libby

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  3. Yum. Oatmeal does help with supply, i've always noticed a difference.

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  4. THat used to be my go-to breakfast last year, love almond milk.

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  5. If you put the oats in water to soak before you go to bed, it'll take only 10 minutes to cook in the morning. Hope that helps :)

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  6. Alternatively, you can throw the steel cut oats in the crock pot the night before. I have a variation of the below recipes at home. Delicious!


    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/overnight-oatmeal-recipe/index.html

    http://busycooks.about.com/od/meatlessentreerecipes/r/cpoatmeal.htm

    http://www.mommyskitchen.net/2009/01/overnight-crock-pot-oatmeal.html

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  7. I do something quite similiar! I make oats then add a little brown sugar to a bowl top with the oats then top with this vanilla chai drink by bolthouse farm. It is amazzinnng :) I will try your recipe for sure. I love oats!!

    Have a great rest of the week!

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  8. This looks delicious! I love adding blueberries to my oatmeal!

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  9. One of my favorite breakfasts too! I'm not a morning person so I make a big batch at night and pack it up to bring to work the rest of the week. A few variations I've used when bored: mash in a banana while it's cooking and/or add in cinnamon and vanilla towards the end. Yum!

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  10. I am a huge Almond Milk convert! Plus if you get the unsweetened kind it's SO low cal but the texture is so thick it is really filling! It pairs really well with nutty cereal too (kashi crunch or special K pecan). Also try it in your coffee! A little goes a long way :)

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  11. This is one of my fav combos! Since I'm dairy free, I'm a huge fan of almond milk. You should try the awesome new almond/coconut blend that just came out. SO good! Perfect for smoothies, oatmeal and tea/coffee!

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  12. I second Anonymous' post regarding cooking the oats in a crockpot the night before. 4 cups of water, 2/3 cup of steel oats and cook on low for 9-10 hours. And regarding boosting your milk supply, my lactation consultant told me kale would increase my supply. It indeed did. I'd freeze it and add a handful of it to fresh strawberries, yogurt(soy) and almond milk with crushed ice. DELISH!!

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  13. Looks very delish! Blueberries and steel cut oatmeal is one of my favorite things to eat - I will definitely try the vanilla almond milk!!

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  14. I don't like cooked oatmeal, and I found a no cook version the other day. Basically 1 portion of steel cut oats and two portions of liquid in fridge overnight. This was perfect for me because I don't like the mush :) However I found the two portion of liquid to be too much and I used regular milk. When cooking you need the extra liquid, but not to sit in the fridge. So tonight I used the vanilla almond milk and just put it in to a level I wanted and added some cinnamon. Took a test taste and cannot wait until tomorrow!

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