This Creamy Steel Cut Oatmeal with Chia is much different from rolled oats, and while they take longer to cook, their delicious flavor and texture make it worth the while!
Oatmeal is a common breakfast around here, both for its taste and convenience. Growing up, my mom would make me oatmeal and toast most mornings before school. I always ate plain oatmeal with a little milk and a spoonful of sugar. Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever thought to put “stuff” inside oatmeal. That’s not how we did it back in the 80’s. Not in my house anyway.
Besides adding chia to the oats, which gives a wonderful texture plus added fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, we love to to top our oatmeal with all kinds of deliciousness.
It’s really the thing I look forward to the most! Fruit, nuts, nut butters, seeds, spices…the possibilities for toppings are endless!
Oh, and the kids LOVE to top their own bowls of oatmeal with an assortment of toppings. All that extra bit of nutrition, yeah, they ate it all up!
This is the perfect way to wake up. I’m telling you, friends, there’s nothing more comforting than a warm bowl of yumminess on a chilly morning. Or anytime of the day, for that matter. 🙂
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- 2 cups water
- 2¼ cups almond milk or milk of choice (a splash more may be needed if you like it a bit thinner)
- 1 cup certified gluten-free steel cut oats (or 2 cups gf rolled oats if you don't have steel cut)
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds
- pinch of salt
- Maple syrup, coconut sugar, or other sweetener to taste
- Optional toppings: berries, bananas, apples, nut butters, sliced almonds, pecans, cacao nibs, goji berries, shredded coconut, cinnamon, etc.
- Into a large pot combine water, milk, oats, chia seeds and salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring with a whisk to remove any chia clumps. Reduced heat to a low simmer and partially cover the pot with a lid. Cook for 20-30 minutes until oats are tender (5 to 10 minutes for rolled oats) stirring often so that the bottom does't burn. When oats are tender, sweeten to taste and add a splash of milk if too thick for your liking. Serve immediately.