My Favorite Oatmeal After a Cold Morning Run with Apples and Cranberries


A few of my favorite things (besides the obvious):
  1. Gray wool - I love it as much as George Costanza loves velvet
  2. I love cats. I love every kind of cat
  3. Dark Chocolate 70% or higher - I've been devouring two 70% Theo bars a week
  4. Oatmeal - with an exclusion of instant and quick cooking
What would be my perfect day?  Home alone sitting in my favorite chair wearing gray wool with a kitty on my lap eating a bowl of Irish Oats with broken up Theo bars and a drizzle of cream. 

With that said...



It was 12 degrees this morning when I laced up my running shoes.  The running gals and I had decided years ago that our cut off temperature for running is 8 degrees (I have no idea where we came up with that number)  Hooray!  The run is on and the ladies will be knocking at my door at 7:00 a.m. My favorite oatmeal is waiting to warm me up approximately 6 miles from now.

One of the best mornings of my life.



I make this oatmeal in one form or another pretty much every morning during the cold winter months.  I use whatever fruit I have on hand and whatever nut I feel like that day.

Recipe of the day:
1/2 cup steel cut oats
1 teaspoon butter (optional)
1 1/2 cups water
healthy pinch of salt

1 apple, peeled and diced
1/2 cup fresh cranberries
1 teaspoon butter
1/4 cup toasted walnuts, chopped
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
Apple pie spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves)
Almond milk


I like to start my steel cut oats the night before.  I use 1/2 cup oats to 1 1/2 cups water with a pinch of salt.


I like to toast my oats first in 1 teaspoon butter.  I love the butter flavor, but you can dry pan roast the oats.

Melt the butter in a small sauce pan.


Add 1/2 cups steet cut oats.


Stir over medium heat until the oats begin to toast.  You will begin to smell the toasting.  I love the smell.


Add 1 1/2 cups hot water.



And a healthy pinch of salt.


Bring to a simmer.  Cover and remove from the heat.  Let stand overnight.


The next morning, remove the lid and the oats will just need to be reheated then they are ready to eat.


I like to add 1/4 cup almond milk.

Let the oats simmer over low heat while making the compote topping, which will make your mouth water.



This is what I'm using this morning.

1 golden delicious apple
1/2 cup fresh cranberries, sorted through to take out the shriveled nasty ones.
1 teaspoon butter
1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice
1/4 cup toasted walnuts, which I just happen to have on hand.


Peel and core the apple.


Dice.



Melt 1 teaspoon butter in a small skillet.


Add the apples and cranberries.


Stir to coat the fruit.


Add apple pie spices.


Add 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup.


Bring to a simmer and cover for about 5 minutes.


After about 5 minutes the juices will start to flow.


Add the walnuts.


Stir to coat the walnuts. Done!


Pour half of the oats in a bowl and top with the hot apple cranberry compote.



I like to drizzle a bit more almond milk over top.


Heaven!

Now where's my kitty?




Steel Cut Oats with Apples and Cranberries

1/2 cup steel cut oats
1 teaspoon butter (optional)
1 1/2 cups hot water
healthy pinch of salt

1 apple, peeled and diced
1/2 cup fresh cranberries
1 teaspoon butter
1/4 cup toasted walnuts, chopped
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
Apple pie spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves)
1/4 cup Almond milk

The night before serving:
Melt 1 teaspoon butter in a saucepan.  Add oats.  Stir to toast.  Pour in 1 1/2 cups hot water and salt. Bring to a simmer.  Cover with a lid and remove from heat.  Allow to sit overnight.

When ready to serve, Add 1/4 cup almond milk and reheat over low heat.  In a small skillet melt 1 teaspoon butter and add apples, cranberries and maple syrup.  Stir to coat.  Add spices stir to coat the fruit.  Cover and let simmer for about 5 minutes.  Uncover.  Add nuts stir to coat the nuts.  Serve hot with reheated oatmeal.  Serves 2


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7 comments:

  1. That does sound good! You need that energy when going for a run. My favorite chocolate is 88%, but any dark chocolate is better than milk chocolate. :-))

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    1. Thank you for commenting. I have a bag of 85% that I have hidden away for my afternoon chocolate fix. 88% must be divine.

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  2. This looks so yummy! Perfect combination of flavors!

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    1. Thanks Lori. I love apples and cranberries this time of year.

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  3. I have been OBSESSED with oatmeal lately. So this is right up my alley! I love this!

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    1. Me too!! What a great obsession. I hope you like to oats.

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  4. I have my kitties, but where is my oatmeal (wink)?! I could have devoured this after my workout this morning, Janet! We were a balmy! You can bet this will be waiting for me after tomorrow's workout! Thanks for a wonderful recipe.
    Cheers!

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