In the mood for a warm, healthy, and filling breakfast, I took to Pinterest (as I often do) and was quickly reminded how many awesome ideas there are for great ways to start your morning! I focused on steel cut oatmeal; they’re filling, good for you, easy to make, and they have a great texture! Plus, if you like adding ingredients like protein powder, flax or chia seeds, alternative milks, and so on, these little guys are perfect vehicles for all of your additions. They do take a while to cook, but they’re just right for overnight no-cook oats and for leaving all night in your slow-cooker! You can put them in, go to bed, and wake up to a piping hot breakfast! I did mine on the stove–I had the time and they require very little effort, leaving me with my hands free to work on the fifty other projects that I have going!
If you have time, steel-cut oats really will make the best bowl of oatmeal you’ve ever had. They are healthy whole grains, made from the whole oat groats, which are chopped up into smaller pieces (steel-cut). Cooking them in this state exposes the starches that are inside of the oats to the cooking liquid, which is, in a sense, part of what makes risotto so creamy! It’s all about the starch.
While on Pinterest, I noticed a lot of really awesome overnight oats with fantastic fall flavors! I just had to mention a few of them, on the off-chance you’re looking for a different type of recipe for steel cut oatmeal. If you buy groceries in a store that has bulk options, steel-cut oats are usually really cheap and worth buying a lot of at a time. That way, you can have them on hand whenever you’re in the mood! On the off-chance you feel like switching up the flavors, these look amazing, so I decided to include them here for easy reference!
This Homemade Life shows you how to do no-cook overnight chai oatmeal with flavors like cardamom, cinnamon, and ginger.
The Nutritious Kitchen gives great advice for slow cooker vanilla bean oatmeal.
Cookie and Kate serves up an awesome recipe for steel-cut oats with cranberry sauce and orange!
I have to include the recipe from 3 Yummy Tummies for a slow-cooker pumpkin maple oatmeal that looks like it must taste exactly like pumpkin pie is supposed to taste.
Last but not least, Mother Thyme has a recipe for some seriously decadent cinnamon roll oatmeal that I’m dying to try. Her recipe calls for old-fashioned rolled oats, but I had to include those flavors here! It would be easy to swap those out for steel -ut oats by adding a little more liquid and taking more time.
Today, though, called for lots of chocolate and vanilla!
Healthy and Decadent Chocolate Steel Cut Oatmeal with Vanilla Honey Chia Yogurt
- 1/2 cup steel cut oats
- 1 1/2 cups milk (whatever milk you're into! I used almond)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 Tbs cocoa powder
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 Tbs flax (optional)(I used whole seeds, but ground is easier to digest)
- 2 Tbs protein powder (optional)(I used 100% hemp protein powder)
- 2 Tbs maple syrup
- 1/4 cup greek yogurt
- 1 Tbs milk (whatever kind of milk you like)
- 1 Tbs chia seeds
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp honey (more if you want sweeter yogurt)
- Bring the oats, milk and salt up to a simmer and reduce the heat.
- Add the chocolate, vanilla, maple syrup, and the protein powder and flax seeds, if using.
- Cook gently for 20-30 minutes.
- Taste and season. If you like a looser oatmeal, add a splash more milk.
- Mix all ingredients together.
- Let sit for at least 10 minutes.
- Mix again, taste, and adjust flavors as you like! If you want more vanilla, go for it! Sweeter? Add more honey!
- Plate and enjoy!