Friday, 26 April 2013

Jillian Michaels Steel-cut oats with apples and pecan

 Steel-cut oats with apples and pecans

If you’ve never had steel-cut oats, you’re in for a treat. Chewier than rolled oats (which are often labeled “old-fashioned”) and with a great nutty flavor, their only drawback is that they take longer to cook than to eat! However, the quick-cooking type makes them possible on any busy morning; and as my friend and colleague Dr. John La Puma says in his book "ChefMD’s Big Book of Culinary Medicine," there is no true nutritional difference between the regular and the quick-cooking types.
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup quick-cooking steel-cut oats
  • 2 apples, cored and chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4.5 teaspoons organic maple syrup, honey, or agave nectar
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans or walnuts, toasted
In a medium saucepan, combine the almond milk, 1 cup water and the oats. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer until most of the liquid is absorbed, for 10 to 12 minutes. Turn off the heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes.
While the oatmeal is cooking, in a small saucepan, place the apples, cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon of the maple syrup and 1 tablespoon water. Cook over medium heat until the apples are softened and the liquid has reduced to a syrupy consistency, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in the pecans and cover to keep warm.
Stir the apples and nuts into the cooked and rested oatmeal. Divide among four bowls. Drizzle 1 teaspoon maple syrup over each bowl and serve.
Serving Size
Serves four

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