We know what mornings can be like, and that’s why we always like to be prepared. This is one brekkie that only requires 10 minutes of hands-on time and can be prepped in advance so that you can enjoy a bowl of grab and go gourmet oats the next day.
SERVES 3-4 // COOKING TIME 30 mins
2½ cups water or milk, or a combination
¾ cup steel-cut oats
2 tbsp oat bran
1 tbsp butter
1 tsp vanilla essence
Gourmet upgrade (see below), if using
1. The night before, mix all the ingredients in a pot.
2. Bring to the boil and simmer with the lid slightly ajar, stirring frequently, for 20–30 minutes, until your desired consistency. Alternatively, place in a deep container with a lid and cook in the microwave on high for 6 minutes.
3. In the morning, reheat for 1–2 minutes before serving.
UPGRADE YOUR OATS
Pear, pecan & cinnamon: Add 2 finely cubed dried pears and a generous pinch of cinnamon to basic oats recipe and cook. Serve with milk, chopped pecans and honey.
Peaches & cream: Add 2 chopped dried peaches and almond milk, instead of cow’s milk, to basic oats recipe and cook. Serve with cream, honey and slivered almonds.
Banana, coconut & chocolate: Add 1 mashed ripe banana and 1 tbsp desiccated coconut to basic oats recipe and cook. Serve with milk, chocolate flakes and honey.