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Oatmeal is in the news.  This time not for its heart-healthy properties, but to show that McDonald’s has done it again.  They have taken something healthy and turned it into the equivalent of a chemical-filled sundae.

Mr. Mark Bittman (I refer to him as Mr. because I think he’s just that cool and deserves my respect) has written an opinion piece in the New York Times scandalizing McDonald’s for their interpretation of a healthy breakfast.

We love oatmeal in our house and eat it at least three times a week.  We’ve tried many different recipes over the years.  About a year ago, we started making the best version.  It’s rich, creamy, flavorful with lots of texture…not gummy, goopy, or pasty (sorry if you like that kind).

Our version of oatmeal is made from steel cut oats.  Buy them in the bulk section of your supermarket or order online from amazon.com or Bob’s Red Mill.  I’ve heard some people say Bob’s are the creamiest, but I’ve had great luck with all steel cut oats using this cooking method.  Bob’s Red Mill also has a gluten free variety if you are sensitive to gluten.

kidoing! Steel Cut Oats (in 2 easy steps)

Serves 4

  • 1 c steel cut oats
  • 4 c water
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Step 1:  The night before you want to eat the oats, put all three ingredients in a saucepan.  Heat the pan on high until the water comes to a boil and turn the heat off.  Walk away and go to bed, leaving the pan on the stove.

Step 2:  In the morning, turn the heat on medium and let cook about 10 minutes until bubbling.

TA DA! That’s it.

Getting Kids Doing! Tip: Kids can choose what topping they would like on their oatmeal.  I usually provide them with choices I approve of.

Add any kind of topping you like (almond milk, maple syrup, bananas, walnuts), but when the oats are cooked this way, they need nothing.

You can also double or triple this recipe to last the entire week.  It reheats really well.  To reheat, just put the oatmeal in a pan, add a 1/4 to 1/2 cup water and heat on medium high for about 5 minutes until bubbling.

I hope you like it as much as we do! And, I think you might find it easier, cheaper – and leaps and bounds healthier than the McDonald’s version.