Steel Cut Oats All Around
Have you ever had a late night with friends that never go home? When this happens, you usually don’t feel like something too sweet or rich (like French toast Easter Bread or Stuffed French Toast!) by you need something filling.
Instead of standing over the stove, the magic of the rice cooker helps us out again.
Rice Cooker Steel Cut Oats (for 4)
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups almond milk
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 8 dates, chopped (or 1/3 cup chopped dates)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/3 tsp salt
Pour the steel cut oats into the bowl of the rice cooker and broil under the broiler for 3 minutes. Toss, then put under broiler for two more minutes until they smell nice and toasty.
Why? Toasting will enhance the flavor and take what would be a bland pot of oats to the next level.
Add the liquids, chia seeds, dates and cinnamon. Don’t add the salt yet!
Why? The salt will prevent some of the starches in the oats from unraveling and making a very creamy pot. If you prefer rice like oats, go ahead and add the salt in the beginning.
Chia seeds will thicken the pot by swelling with the moisture, plus they add happy omega-3 fatty acids.
Place bowl in rice cooker, cover, and cook for 20 minutes then warm for 5 minutes.
Tip: If your rice cooker boils over at any point (as most cheap ones do,) just remove the cover, stir and wipe up the mess. I would rather clean the counter than clean it burnt onto my stove!
Alternatively: If you don’t have a rice cooker, toast the oats in a 3 quart sauce pan over medium heat on the stove top.
Slowly add the liquids and other ingredients, cover and reduce the heat to low.
Simmer for 20 minutes, then let sit for 5.
Save leftovers in the refrigerator and eat them cold with some extra milk mixed in. It’s delicious!
More then four to feed?
Rice Cooker Steel Cut Oats for 6: 1.5 cups steel cut oats, 3 cups+ 2 tbsp water, 3 cups+ 2 tbsp almond milk, 3 tbsp chia seeds, 12 dates, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp cinnamon
Rice Cooker Steel Cut Oats for 8: 2 cups steel cut oats, 4 1/4 cups water, 4 cups+2 tbsp almond milk, 4 tbsp chia seeds, 16 dates, 2/3 tsp salt, 1 tsp cinnamon
Tip: Make sure your rice cooker can accommodate that much volume!
Now set up a topping bar. Here’s what I included:
- Vanilla extract, to mix in
- Almond extract, to mix in (just 1 drop will do)
- Toasted walnuts
- Toasted almonds
- Peanut butter
- Pecan butter
- Brown sugar
- Dried cranberries
- Dried cherries
- Cherry preserves
- Raspberry jam
Hey it’s a different sort of bar! 😉
Topic of the day: Are you a saver or a spender?
a. A trip
b. One big item (a camera, a computer, etc.)
c. Several little items (clothes, shoes, etc.)