Cranberries are one of my favorite winter fruits. They are at the peak of their season in the winter months which is why once the holidays have come and gone, I still make an effort to enjoy them in other ways. After all, they are too delicious to only enjoy once a year!
If you enjoy baking, cranberries are delicious in sweet breads and muffins. But really, one of my favorite ways to devour them is by making a batch of my Citrus and Spice Cranberry Sauce and using it to dress up my breakfast. This cranberry sauce goes great with some hot pancakes or waffles. However, my current love is to combine the cranberry sauce with some steel-cut oats. That is fabulous!
Before and after added toppings.
Steel-cut oats are the most nutritious and heartiest of oats. They have a bold, robust flavor and a nice, chewy texture. On these cold winter mornings, it is just the thing you need to keep your belly warm and satisfied. They are a good source of protein, fiber, and iron and while they do take a little longer to cook than traditional rolled oats, they are well worth the wait!
Another bonus about steel-cut oats is that you can make a big batch and store it in an airtight container in your refrigerator for about 5 days. Which means each morning, your breakfast just needs to be heated and you are ready to enjoy a nice, warm bowl of satisfaction! Steel-cut oats and cranberries are a winning duo. I love adding some chopped pecans for texture and some warm coconut milk on the top for a little creaminess. Some other ideas are slivered almonds, unsweetened shredded coconut flakes, a dash of ground cinnamon, flaxseed, and the list goes on.
2 cups organic steel-cut oats
6 cups filtered water
1/4 tsp sea salt
Chopped pecans, slivered almonds, coconut flakes, coconut milk, almond milk, cinnamon, flaxseed, or hemp seeds.
1. Bring 6 cups of filtered water to a boil. Add sea salt and 2 cups of oats and cook until your desired texture is reached, approximately 20-30 minutes. Make sure you stir the oats occasionally.
2. While the oats are cooking, make a batch of the cranberry sauce.
3. Once the oats and cranberry sauce is complete, compile your bowl of goodness and add your desired toppings. This recipe will make about 6 servings depending on your portions. Store any leftovers in your refrigerator for up to 5 days. This recipe can easily be scaled back if you want to make a smaller amount.