I’m generally not a huge fan of the hot breakfast porridge despite it being one of the healthier, heartier, and more affordable breakfast choices. One of the major drawbacks is the time it takes to prepare, it’s so much easier and faster to throw together a quick simple snack or meal to eat while running out the door. The quick and simple breakfast is no doubt a lifesaver more often than not but this fall has brought an unseasonably early chill to my mornings and I’ve found myself more inclined to wake up earlier than normal to prepare a rich and hearty meal to greet the day.
I like to poach the fresh peaches while the oatmeal is cooking, steel cut oats are a perfect choice for this dish because the longer 20-30 min cooking time required allows you to slowly poach the peaches to the perfect consistency. Steel cut oats are minimally processed, they contain more fiber and nutrients than the more processed versions and they clock in lower on the glycemic index.
I like to top my steel cut oats with fresh poached peaches, drizzling the peach juice on top and garnishing with cinnamon and walnuts. Add a little cream and you have yourself a luxurious breakfast that’s well worth the wait.
- 1 Fresh peach
- 1 Tbs agave syrup
- 1/4 cup of water
- dash of pure vanilla extract
Directions: Clean and core the peach (Peeling optional) and cut into eight pieces. Heat a small cast iron skillet to medium and add water, vanilla, and agave syrup and simmer gently. Add the peach slices and reduce heat to medium low while simmering uncovered for 10-15 minutes, flipping the peach slices every few minutes as the syrup reduces.
Steel Cut Oats
- 1/2c Steel Cut Oats
- 1 1/2c Water
- 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
Add steel cut oats and water to a pan, bring to a boil and then reduce heat to simmer gently covered for 30 minutes or until oats are tender. Top with cinnamon and peaches and enjoy!
P.S. There is another method to cook steel cut oats that will really cut down on your morning prep time: soaking the oats the night before. To soak overnight you bring the water to a boil, add oats and boil for 1 minute and then turn of the heat, cover and set overnight. The next morning your steel cut oats should only require a quick warmup!