Midweek Delicacy: Coconut Steel Cut Oats & Roasted Fruit

My go to healthy breakfast during the week is always Steel Cut oats. When I eat them I have more energy, feel light and ready to do anything; never mind that they flatten my tummy and make me look a little more svelte when coupled with a good workout. My favorite brand has a shortcut recipe so that I can have them with ease and not spend a half hour in the mornings cooking. I have mastered getting them creamy and flavorful with water and spices but they never felt like a treat until now.

Last week I saw a tweet by @yummololaberry for Women’s Health Australia. She had a wonderful picture of Coconut Porridge with Roasted Pears and I wanted to try it. Making this recipe became quite an adventure. I walked to 3 bookstores and quite a few health food stores to see if they had the magazine, but only the US version was available, which doesn’t have her recipe. I didn’t fare any better online. I was willing to get the magazine with the recipe, but not a year’s subscription. So after spending half a day searching, I laughed to myself realizing I had everything I needed, the title had told me enough. I decided to make my own version since I would have made them with Steel Cut oats instead of regular oats being  they are my favorite, and least likely to be GMO oats.  I still can’t believe how wonderful it came out. Thank you @yummololaberry for inspiring me. I hope this recipe inspires you to make a delicious treat that tastes sinful but is incredibly healthy.

Happy eating friends!



Serves 4

2 cups of Coconut MilkCoconut Steel-cut Oats Ingredients
2 cups of Water
1 cup of Steel-cut Oats or regular Oats
1 Cinnamon Stick or 1 teaspoon of Cinnamon Powder
2 Cloves (optional)
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Dash of Salt

Tip: For this recipe do not use instant oats only regular. 

Slivered Almonds
dried Cranberries

Roasted Fruit
2 Pears or Apples, halved and cored (I leave the skin on for nutrition. The flavor does not change)
1 tablespoon Butter – reserve half for fruit
Cinnamon Powder

Roasted Pears/Apples PreparationRoasted Pears

  1. Pre-heat oven to 450º. Butter a medium-sized baking dish with half of the butter.
  2. Puncture the pears or apples with a fork a few times on the skin side. Sprinkle with cinnamon on the cut side.
  3. Arrange the fruit in the prepared baking dish, cut side down. Cook for 15 minutes then flip. Add the butter to the cut out center and cook for another 15-20 minutes until fruit is tender and golden brown.

Tip: If you don’t like to leave the skin on lower the oven temperature 25º to 425º F and skip puncturing the fruit.

 Coconut Steel Cut Oats PreparationCoconut Steel-cut Oats

  1. In medium sauce pan put in water, coconut milk, cinnamon stick, cloves, dash of salt and vanilla extract. Bring to a rolling boil then add the Oats, stir well.
  2. Once the porridge is smooth and starts to thicken, reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Before serving remove the cinnamon stick and cloves.
  4. Serve with Toppings and roasted fruit. Add maple syrup or honey for sweetness.

Hint: See picture on right to see what the porridge should look like when it starts to thicken  and when to reduce the heat.

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