My first goal with this post is to convince you to get a rice cooker.
Yes. Stay with me here.
Because my second goal is to get you to use your rice cooker to make your breakfast for you.
And then my third goal is to get you to truly enjoy steel cut oats. Because I know, like, one crazy person who actually likes a big bowl of those harsh grains, and I am not that one person. Harsh is a weird way to describe food, but do you know what I mean? They’re just… too much on their own.
So when I think delicious breakfast involving any ingredient named steel, I think of this little one: bananas, almonds, honey, steel cut oats, regular oats, AND bulgur. That’s right – triple grain! And honey-nut sweet. I’m in love.
These are the things that keep my life interesting.
Because let’s be honest – I’ve had the same breakfast oatmeal for the last five years. Somewhere deep down, I really do want to branch out in the oats department. But I have a hard time letting go of things like pumpkin oats, apple cinnamon bran oats, and Lord help me, double chocolate oats.
That’s why I kept the regular oats in this rice cooker breakfast combo. They make it familiarly (wow – really? spell check counts that as a word?) soft and fluffy, while the bulgur gives a little texture and nutty flavor and the steel cut brings the … whatever steel cut is supposed to bring.
But if steel cut is not your thing AT ALL, and you can’t even fathom the thought of mixing it together with a few other grains and topping it with the most heavenly sweet, crunchy-nutty goodness, you can still do this! Remember my primarily goal for this post? To encourage you to get a rice cooker to make your breakfast for you. Ohhyeah.
This can work with any kind of grains! I’ve used rolled oats with wheat berries, bulgur with steel cut, quick oats with, um, brown rice. Cause it’s a rice cooker and cause I love carbs.
You don’t even need a recipe for this. You just need to choose some grains, dump ’em in, and turn on your rice cooker to make a perfectly cozy and filling breakfast for you.
A simple recipe for steel cut oats made easily in a rice cooker and topped with banana, honey, and almonds. Perfect breakfast!
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 1 cup quick cooking oatmeal (or rolled oats – doesn’t really matter)
- 1/2 cup light bulgur (dry)
- 3 1/2 cups water
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup milk
- honey, banana, sliced almonds, flax for topping
- Rinse the bulgur. Place both oats and bulgur in a rice cooker with water. Add the salt, cover, and let it cook until the rice cooker switches off (mine automatically switches off when all the water is absorbed). Check oats – add more water, stir, and cook for another 5 minutes if they’re too sticky or not soft enough.
- Stir in the cinnamon and milk. Serve topped with sliced banana, sliced almonds, honey, and flax.
The nutrition information includes 1/2 a banana, 1 tablespoon honey, 2 tablespoons sliced almonds, and 2 teaspoons flaxmeal per serving. If you want, you can soften the steel cut oats by soaking them overnight. Any kinds of grains will work for this – just check the cook time on them!
By the way, at home, I have this little cutie rice cooker. It’s red and tiny and awesome.
So does anyone else actually have one of these things or am I just obsessed because I live in the Philippines?