Steel-Cut Oats with Apples and Pecans


Breakfast, Meatless, Vegan / Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

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

21 thoughts on “Steel-Cut Oats with Apples and Pecans

  1. I do love steel cut oats (as does my 4 year old). I do a huge pot of the regular ones (that take 1/2 hour to 45 minutes) to make and keep it in the fridge for easy breakfast all week long. I use water and milk powder for my liquid and add in cinnamon and ginger along with a little agave nectar. For individual bowls, we add dried cranberries and honey. I love the idea of the apples and will have to give that a try!

  2. What are quick cooking steel cut oats? I have never seen such a thing, is it the same as Scottish oats? I'm sure you could use any oats for this, just curious! I love oatmeal and sounds like a refreshing new way to try them!

  3. This looks tasty, I love oatmeal! I usually top my oatmeal with peanut butter, nutella, and banana (it turns out to be around 600 very worth it calories with the amount I glob on there!)

  4. Your post cracks me up:) I'm certainly one who will 'orgasm' over a bowl of oatmeal. I love oatmeal, and have been wanting to try steel cut oats since half a year back, but have yet to try it yet.

  5. This recipe had m e running to the kitchen last night to whip up a batch for my next few breakfasts. So guess what filled my tummy this morning? It was so delicious, and coming in at only 215 calories (ish). I think I'd make a little bit more, as I found I could use a slightly bigger serving size to tide me over to snack time.

  6. I substituded some chopped dates for the maple syrup and it was delicious, I really enjoyed the combination of pecans, apples and dates with my oatmeal, it almost reminded me of a cookie :)

  7. My husband and I had this yesterday for breakfast and it was seriously good. (I snuck the leftovers to work this morning.) I loved how sweet it was with no refined sugar!

  8. I doubt I can get quick cooking steel-cut oats at my local store, but I wonder if regular could be used instead. I'm sure it'd take longer to cook, the question is, how much longer?

  9. i love steel cut oats but i have to say that i really don't care for the quick-cooking ones. my tip is that i use the regular ones but soak overnight. just boil in water (as per package) then cover and put in fridge. in the morning, you can "quick cook" them in about 10 mins.sooo much better than the quick-cook ones.

  10. I'm not really one to go nuts over oatmeal either. But this looks really tasty and healthy! I tried to make my family smore oatmeal over the holidays with chocolate and marshmallow. That really didn't play out well. I'm going to give this recipe a try tomorrow! Hopefully, it can win their hearts!

  11. I always have intentions to make myself steel cut oats but never do! this looks great, and a powerful way to start the day!

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