And not sure if you can tell by the photo, but Bob is in his mid-late 70′s. I know, I can’t believe it either. He still works every single day, in the office, in the factory, lifting boxes and grains. He’s still doing it all. I, on the other hand, couldn’t lift a box if you paid me and I’m 27. (I know, pathetic). So, we asked him what his elixir of youth is, how on earth he stays so strong and healthy. His answer? “I eat a bowl of steel cut oats every morning for breakfast.” And he’s been doing that for 20+ years. Fast forward to yesterday when I was cursing myself for eating cupcakes for breakfast. I stumbled upon a photo of Bob and remembered that little nugget of advice. And that, my friends, is how these deliciously healthy pear & honey steel cut oats were born.
I’m not a breakfast eater ussually and I don’t really LOVE oatmeal. ( Quinoa on the other hand? LOVE). I mean, it’s fine. I’ll eat it but it’s never something I crave first thing in the morning. That was, however, before this oatmeal. Holy monkey face, this comforting bowl of healthy is my new favorite dish for any meal. It’s sweet, but not too sweet, crunchy yet soft and full of stick to your bones fiber. Even though it’s one of the healthiest things you can eat, it doesn’t TASTE like it.
I know one of the biggest hurdles I face when eating healthfully is that I don’t love the taste of healthy food. Shocker right? I’d probably eat breakfast every single morning if oatmeal tasted like double cheese pizza or cheese sauce. But, it doesn’t. So, instead of joining the ranks of the rest of obese America, I’ve decided to make healthy food taste better and less like tree bark and dirt. And friends, I think with yesterdays cupcakes and today’s steelcut oats, I’m really making some progress.
I could, easily, eat a bowl of this every morning and never get sick of it. Or, never be hungry again b/c holy crap this stuff is FILLING. No wonder Bob has stayed so healthy and slim, he probably doesn’t eat for the rest of the day! Forget fad diets, I’m on the steel cut diet. In no time at all I predict I’ll be slim and ripped. Better watch the guns, they’ll get ya!
Serves about 7. Recipe inspired by The Yummy Life .
Prep time: >5 minutes
Cook time: 6 hours
1 cup Bob’s Red Mill steel cut oats (or any variety)
1 1/2 cup skim milk
1/4 cup light cream
1 1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, chopped up
1 large pear, diced
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Chopped almonds* optional
Combine all the ingredients (except for the butter) into a basin of a slow-cooker. Top the oat mixture with the butter pieces. Stir with a spoon to mix them up.
Set slow cooker to low and cook for 6 – 7 hours. To avoid burning, check the oats at the 5 hour mark and stir to mix up.