Steel Cut Oats with Cherry Vanilla Bean Compote

This is my go to breakfast at the moment.  I was hesitant about sharing it because of its simplicity. Porridge is a common breakfast food that everyone enjoys and is easy to personalize. However, it wasn’t until I shared an oatmeal photo on my Instagram Story that I found out how passionate people are about their oats. Friends asked me how I prepared them and what kind of oats I used. So I took it upon myself to get serious about my oats and create my ideal oat recipe. 

My oatmeal guidelines are:

1. Steel cut oats > rolled oats
Steel cut oats are minimally processed, therefore they take longer for your body to digest,  avoiding a spike in blood sugar levels and keeping you full longer.
2. Toast your oats
Instead of just boiling my oats I toast them in the pot first. This helps develop their nutty flavour.
3. Add seeds
For a more nutritious breakfast I mix  super seeds into the oats. This adds texture and fiber.
4. Fruit compote for sweetness
Fruit compote is a great way to add sweetness to your oatmeal instead of honey, maple syrup, or brown sugar. Cooking fruit with a touch of maple syrup gives you delicious syrup. It’s also reminiscent of pie, which is always a good thing.
5. Top with yogurt
Gut health is important and yogurt adds an unbeatable creaminess to your oats.

This recipe is written in a meal prep style so it can be put together rather quickly in the morning. I don’t think you will be the hitting snooze button anytime soon with this breakfast recipe to look forward to.

Want more porridge inspiration? Check out my recipe for Creamy Amaranth Porridge with Cashew Milk and Poached Pears

Steel Cut Oats with Cherry Vanilla Bean Compote

A make ahead recipe for busy mornings. 

Servings: 4
  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 3 cups hot water
Cherry Compote
  • 1 lbs. frozen cherries
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped out
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp water
To Serve (single serving)
  • 1/2 cup or more of prepared steel cut oats
  • 1/3 cup or so of nut milk (depends on how runny you like it)
  • 2 tbsp of a variety of seeds such as chia, flax, hemp
  • a dollop of coconut yogurt
  • a few spoonfuls of cherry compote
  • toasted coconut flakes for garnish
  1. Begin by toasting the oats. In a pot over medium-high heat add the oats and and dry toast for a few minutes until they have turned a shade darker and you can smell the nutty aroma. Add the water and bring to a simmer. Cover and stir occasionally for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside. You can store in fridge for future use. 

Cherry Compote
  1. Place all the cherry compote ingredients in a pot. Stir and bring to a boil. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes or until cherries are soft and juice has released. Remove from heat and discard vanilla bean. You can store in fridge for future use. 

To Serve (single serving)
  1. Combine the oats and almond milk and reheat, stirring until creamy. Remove from heat and stir in the seeds. Top  with coconut yogurt, hot or cold cherry compote, and toasted coconut flakes. 

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