Steel-cut Oatmeal with Bananas and Walnuts

I am not a big fan of oatmeal, but in a recent Weight Watcher’s meeting the leader talked about steel-cut oats.  When I saw this slow cooker recipe that had the oats, bananas, and walnuts in it I gave it a try.  I am hooked!

Steel-cut Oatmeal with Bananas

  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 2 cups steel-cut oats
  • 7-1/2 cups water
  • 4 bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon

Melt butter and toast oats, stirring constantly, until golden and fragrant, about 2 minutes; transfer to slow cooker.

Stir water, bananas , walnuts, sugar, salt and cinnamon into oats.  Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours or until the oats are softened and thick.  Let oatmeal stand for 10 minutes; stir and serve.  It also can be refrigerated for up to 4 days.  Serve with extra banana slices and chopped walnuts.

I made it the day before and reheated it the next morning.

Recipe by cooking with aunt juju…as-and-walnuts/  

Here is another recipe I have not tried yet but sounds good using dried fruits.

Steel-cut Oatmeal with Dried Fruit

  • 1-1/2 quarts water or milk
  • 1-3/4 cup steel-cut oats
  • 2/3 cup dried fruit (your choice)
  • 3/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 4 tsp. honey

Bring the water or milk to a boil in a large saucepan.  If using milk, heat to a bare simmer over low heat.  Gradually add the oats, stirring constantly.  Simmer the oats over very low heat for about 20 minutes, stirring frequently.

Stir the dried fruits, cinnamon and salt into the oats and continue to simmer until the oatmeal has absorbed the liquid, about 15 minutes.

Place 1 cup of oatmeal in a heated bowl for each serving and drizzle with 1/2 tsp. honey.

Serves 8

Recipe by cooking with aunt juju…as-and-walnuts/  

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