Oatmeal was not my favorite breakfast when I was younger. I would eat it but never really craved it. Until I had Irish oatmeal. Then things changed. We went to Ireland for our honeymoon and I fell in love with oatmeal. But not the run of the mill rolled oats. I’m talking steel cut oats. I had it every day as part of a huge breakfast. We stayed in a handful of different inns and bed and breakfasts, and they all served Irish Oatmeal – all fixed a little differently – but all delicious.
Steel cut oats have such great texture. They feel like more of a meal than regular oatmeal. I toast the oats on the stove in this recipe before I bake them. It enhances the complex flavors and adds more depth to the oats. This recipe makes a huge batch of oatmeal and is perfect for weekday breakfasts for the kids. It takes about an hour to bake, so I will make it during the day and reheat individual portions for breakfast. Just add a little milk before you heat to get the creamy texture back. My kids love this oatmeal, and it keeps them full until lunch. My kids aren’t big egg eaters, so I struggle to make something that will keep their minds on school and off their grumbling bellies. This oatmeal paired with part of a protein smoothie is a winning combination. It took them a little while to get used to the coarser texture of steel cut oats, but the baked apples and cinnamon in this have won them over. Stir in a little brown sugar or maple syrup right before you serve it, and you have the breakfast of champions.
- 2 cups Steel Oats
- 1 T butter
- 4 cups Boiling Water
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 3 apples, peeled and diced
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 2½ cups milk
- Optional toppings:
- brown sugar, maple syrup, fruit, nuts
- Preheat oven to 375 and grease a 9 x 13 pan.
- Melt butter in skillet and add oats. Stir until lightly toasted. Put oats in a large mixing bowl and pour boiling water over. Add apples,cinnamon, brown sugar and salt and stir until combined. Add milk and stir. Pour into prepared dish and bake for 50-60 minutes or until browned and set. Stir oatmeal before serving and then add toppings as desired.
- This reheats well. Just add a little milk before you reheat to prevent the oatmeal from drying out.