by Ali Lopez
1 cup steel-cut oats
1 teaspoon butter or olive oil
3 cups water
big pinch of salt
1-2 cups milk of your choice (I like coconut here)
2 cups chopped apples and/or pears
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans are my fave here)
(Start this the night before you want to eat it.)
- Heat about 1 teaspoon butter or olive oil in a sauce pan or dutch oven set over medium heat. Add the oats and saute them for about 3 minutes, or until they start smelling toasty.
- Pour in the water and add the salt. Stir. Bring to a rolling boil. Turn off the heat and cover the pan. Leave it on the stove until morning.
- The next morning, uncover the pan and add 1 cup of milk, the fruit, vanilla, spices and maple syrup, then bring the oatmeal back up to a simmer. Cook until the fruit softens. Add in the nuts and coconut and more milk if you like it creamier.
- Makes 4 servings. You can store this in the fridge for a few days and reheat it all week long … or eat it cold! Add bananas or berries to the top as well!