Thursday, April 8, 2010

Overnight Oatmeal

So, I admit it. I don't understand it when people say they don't have enough time in the morning for breakfast. How long does it take to make some toast? OK, eggs may take a little longer. But oatmeal, even -- you don't have a few minutes to stir a pot of water and oats?

But now that I've discovered how to make overnight oatmeal, I don't believe I will be going back to my old way of standing by the stove. Stirring a pot is for suckers!

Overnight Oatmeal

1 T butter
1/2 c steel cut oats *
2 c water
1 c milk
1/2 tsp salt
dash cinnamon
dash sugar
dash vanilla extract

Before going to bed, toast the oats in fat until they start to smell nutty; this will take about 2-3 minutes. Do not let them burn.

Add water to the pot. Use caution for this stage, as the oil in the pan is very hot; the water will cause a large amount of steam. Bring pot to a rolling boil. Turn off the flame, cover, and go to bed.

In the morning, add 1 c milk and your other ingredients. Cook, uncovered, until porridge is at the consistency you would like.

Pour into a storage grade container, cover, and refrigerate for the week. Each morning, scoop out however much oatmeal you would like for breakfast, microwave accordingly, top with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

* Note that this recipe calls for steel cut oats; rolled oats will not hold up to this treatment. You can find steel cut oats in the oatmeal section of your grocery, or sometimes in the bulk section.

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