I’m really not one to swoon over a bowl of oatmeal.

If oatmeal were really an orgasm in a bowl, then that Quaker would have a bigger smile on his face.

But I decided to try Jillian Michaels’ Steel-Cut Oats with Apples and Pecans, and I’ve eaten a bowl first-thing for 23 mornings in a row. Oats simmered in almond milk, sweetened with maple syrup and studded with cinnamon-spiked apples and toasted pecans. Just the right balance of creaminess and crunch.

When I realized I wouldn’t have to give it up for my week-long Vegan Challenge, I was actually excited. That’s how much I love this oatmeal.

It might not be an orgasm in a bowl, but it definitely qualifies as foreplay for a good day.

Steel-Cut Oats with Apples and Pecans

If you have leftovers, reheat the oatmeal, add a little more almond milk, and stir it in for maximum creaminess.

Adapted from Jillian Michaels’ “Master Your Metabolism Cookbook”

  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1 cup almond milk (recommended: vanilla-flavored)
  • 1 cup water plus 1 tablespoons (divided)
  • 1 cup quick-cooking steel-cut oats
  • 2 apples, cored and chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons maple syrup or agave nectar (divided)
  1. To Toast the Pecans or Walnuts: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place the nuts on a baking sheet, and toast them in the oven until you can smell them, about 5 minutes.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine the almond milk, water and oats. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer until most of the liquid is absorbed, about 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes.
  3. While the oatmeal is cooking, in a small saucepan, combine 1 tablespoon water with the chopped apples, cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon of maple syrup. Cook over medium heat until the apples are softened and the liquid has reduced to a syrupy consistency, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in the pecans, and cover to keep warm.
  4. Stir the apples and nuts into the cooked and rested oatmeal. Divide among four bowls. Drizzle 1 teaspoon maple syrup over each bowl and serve.

Nutritional Info (Per Serving) – calories: 280.5, fat: 10.5g, carbs: 45g, fiber: 7g, protein: 7, PP+ = 7