Happy Monday, friends!
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. We had a fun yet relaxing few days, since I really needed to recharge after a whole two days at work last week! It’s been a frigid winter here in Virginia, the coldest in years, and my California blood is struggling to make it through it. I just cannot take exercising outside when the windchill and/or temperature is less than about 20.
But, I am so used to a certain level of cardio, so my body has been struggling with a lack of movement. So Saturday afternoon, we decided to use a Groupon we’d picked up for Crimper’s Climbing Gym in Christiansburg for a little indoor exercise. I hadn’t been rock climbing since I was about 7, so needless to say, I was pretty intimidated to try it out, especially when I realized we’d be free climbing. But once we got our nerves under control, we actually had a really fun time. It’s not something I’d do on a regular basis, but I would definitely do it again.
On Sunday, I decided to make a batch of steel cut oats for the work week for breakfast. I’ve transitioned from daily smoothies to daily yogurt + granola + banana, but with all of these near zero degree mornings, I need something a little warmer to get my day jumpstarted.
My parents make a very similar version of this pretty much every morning as well, so I used their method as inspiration. Basically, I just cooked a cup of steel cut oats (I got them in our local health food store bulk foods section) and stirred in some raisins and flaxseed. While the oats cooked, I toasted some walnuts in the oven and then topped the finished steel cut oats with the toasted almonds and a little almond milk and maple syrup.
I just cooked my oats in water, but if you’re looking for a creamier texture, you can add in a milk while you cook them as well. I separated the finished oats into breakfast sized portions and placed them in the fridge for easy reheating and transportation since I normally eat breakfast on the road.
Plus, they kept me full till lunch time–not an easy feat for me!
Raisin Walnut Steel Cut Oats
Makes 3 servings
1 cup steel cut oats, uncooked
3 cups water
1/2 cup raisins
1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds
1 cup walnuts, toasted
almond milk, if desired
maple syrup, if desired
Place water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Once boiling, pour in the steel cut oats and reduce heat to a simmer.
Cover and cook until water absorbs into the oats, about 15 minutes.
Once the oats have cooked, stir in the raisins and flaxseeds.
Scoop oats into individual bowls and top with walnuts, almond milk, and maple syrup.
Time: 20 minutes