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Chocolate Protein Oatmeal with Mixed Berries

Posted in Breakfasts, Favourites by Janet M on March 31, 2012

How do you cook your steel cut oats?

My cousin’s spouse recently told me he cooks his for 20 minutes. WHAT?!

Mine always takes 35 minutes, if not 45 minutes. I wouldn’t have it any other way. That’s how I get mine to be super creamy.

Because it takes so long, I make a big batch to last me all week. Leftovers heat up beautifully and I can mix-and-match my flavours each day.

I start by dry-toasting my steel cut oats as the water heats up to a boil (1:4 ratio). When they become fragrant and lightly toasted, I turn off the heat. Usually by this time, the water is boiling and I plop it all in, and then simmer it for 40-45 minutes.

I refrigerate the oats and take out a portion every morning. Heat it up in the microwave for 2 minutes along with a touch of water. From there, I add my flavours: cinnamon, vanilla, fruit, flax seeds, nuts, nut butter,  etc.

My recent breakfast fix has a chocolate base. I use the Chocolate Amazing Grass coupled with Manitoba Harvest’s Hemp Pro 70 for a hearty foundation. I also typically add some fresh fruit, but lately I’ve been cleaning out the frozen fruit from the freezer: this time with mixed berries!

Why Amazing Grass? Beyond its nutritional benefits, I really like the taste (Rob doesn’t like it, though). A slightly malty chocolate taste with low calories and a good protein ratio.

Why Hemp Pro 70?  First of all, I am no protein powder aficionado, but Hemp Pro 70 is pure hemp protein. No fillers, no sweeteners, etc. The high protein content (70% by weight), omega fatty acids, iron and calcium is great but the most important part is that it is water-soluble. You can’t taste it in the oatmeal. It thickens it while keeping it smooth. I usually add more water when I add it to my oatmeal. It also makes my oatmeal more filling…. and green-looking. ;)

While I am partial to steel cut oats from the bulk bin, one of my non-bulk favourites is from Essence of Life. The texture is a bit more creamy. I find Bob’s Red Mill a bit too chewy.

My cousin’s spouse, though, recommended Bob’s Red Mill. He suggests using a big pot (a great tip for no spillover!) and to do a hard boil for 18 minutes uncovered and then 2 minutes covered. He keeps it covered and then lets it sit off the heat for an additional 2-5 minutes. Says it never fails him.

I know there are other variations for cooking on steel cut oats: start with a boil then leave the oats overnight, or just soak them overnight for a chewier texture.

I’ve tried overnight slow cooker steel cut oats, but it was way too watery.

Hence, I’ve stuck with my classic, yet lengthy 45-minute boil.

Tell me, how do you cook your steel cut oats?

Here are some other ways I’ve enjoyed oatmeal:

Whipped Banana Oatmeal with Cranberries
Mango Pistachio Steel Cut Oatmeal (aka Mango Shrikhand Oatmeal)
Mango Oatmeal
Balsamic Lemon-Blueberry Steel Cut Oats
Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal with Roasted Flax Seeds
Pan-Fried Oatmeal with Peach-Blueberry Vanilla Compote
Multigrain Oatmeal with Quinoa and Kasha
Apple Pie Oatmeal
Baked Apple Banana Oatmeal
Rhubarb Baked Oatmeal
Savoury Oatmeal with Soy Sauce and Nutritional Yeast
Savoury Oatmeal with Goji Berries, Nori and Ponzu Sauce

This is my submission to this month’s Monthly Mingle featuring cherries and berries.

Classic Steel Cut Oats

1 cup steel cut oats
4 cups water
1/4 tsp salt

1. In a medium skillet over medium heat, toast steel cut oats until fragrant, about 4 minutes. Do not let it burn!

2. Meanwhile, bring water to a boil with the salt. I find the oats to be done toasting when my water begins to boil.

3. Add oats to boiling water. Cover and turn heat down to low; allow the oats to cook for 40-45 minutes.

4. Once cooled, place cooked oats in a container and refrigerate until needed.

Serves 4.

Chocolate Protein Oatmeal with Mixed Berries

1 serving Classic Steel Cut Oats (refrigerated is ok)
1/2 cup chopped fruit (I used a combination of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and cranberries)
1 scoop Chocolate Amazing Grass
1 scoop Hemp Pro 70 (or your favourite protein powder)

1. Remove oatmeal and place in a microwave-safe dish. If your fruit is frozen, add to oatmeal. Add 1-2 tbsp of water.

2. Microwave on high for 2 minutes.

3. While hot, stir in the Amazing Grass and hemp powder until it all dissolves. Add more water if it is still too thick.

Serves 1.

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  2. elizabeth said, on April 1, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    In the rice cooker on porridge setting. Put them in the cooker at night with water, chia and dash salt. Set timer to have them ready when I get back from my run in the morning. I like to eat them with almond milk, stevia and chopped apple.

  3. Joanne said, on April 1, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    Sadly…I’VE NEVER MADE STEEL CUT OATS! Isn’t that kind of pathetic? I think so. Especially when chocolate flavored varieties like this exist. I’m really missing out.

  4. Rachel said, on April 2, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    I do the boil, turn heat off and then let sit overnight covered on the stove. Works everytime for me.

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  6. melecotte said, on April 2, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    I cook mine similarly, and never get the oats to doneness before 30 minutes. For breakfast, I may add milk at the end of the cooking. On special occasions, I like to brulee the oats!

    Love this though! It’s a great twist on breakfast. Will have to look into the protein powder addition.

    So sorry I missed the post. I have added it to the Mingle! Thanks for participating. :)

    • janet @ the taste space said, on April 2, 2012 at 8:29 PM

      Bruleeing the oats sounds like a great idea. Do you just stick it under the broiler after brushing ti with some oil?

  7. Tink said, on April 3, 2012 at 7:36 AM

    I’ve never actually made steal cut oats, I love oatmeal and always have but I’m really intrigued by your fresh take on the breakfast favourite:) I’ve just eaten dinner but I feel like making a big bowl of creamy, chocolate rich oats.
    Thanks for the inspiration! I’m going to try this recipe out this weekend:)

  8. Ashley said, on April 5, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    Interesting to read about the different ways people prepare steel cut oats. And that you find a difference between dfiferent brands. I would’ve thought they’d all be the same. I don’t often make steel cut oats but I just follow the directions on the bag haha (which is Bob’s Red Mill and I think says 15-20 minutes). I use a pot but it always boils over!! But then I use almond/soy milk instead of water and it seems to get foamy easily.

    • janet @ the taste space said, on April 6, 2012 at 6:05 PM

      If there is one thing that boils over on my stove, it is steel cut oats.. but mostly because I wander away! I tried the cook for 3 minutes then leave out overnight method but thought they were too chewy. I definitely prefer the 45 minutes cooked oats. ;)

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  10. Tandy said, on April 10, 2012 at 7:25 AM

    I’ve never made oats from scratch but you make it sound so easy that I think I should try :)

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