Steel Cut Oats Combinations – A Low-Calorie, High-Impact Breakfast

Cooked up on April 21, 2012 Filed under: breakfast, brunch, frugal, gluten free, healthy eating, pantry, under 1 hour, vegan, vegetarian
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It’s not every weekend morning that you are hungry (or have the extra calorie budget) for muffins, pancakes, and the like. Today was one of those mornings – yesterday we demolished some serious ice cream for a little happy hour date, and then came home for a lighter dinner. This morning rolls around and we are still not too hungry (though some work in the garden may change that later!)

In the meantime, we made steel cut oats – a favorite, easy breakfast that’s easy to customize and doesn’t break the calorie bank. I came up with three ingredients that you can mix and match to get a breakfast of approximately 300 calories.

To make steel cut oats, bring 3/4 cup of water per person to a boil. Add 1/4 cup of oats per person, and turn the temperature down so that it remains at a simmer for 5-10 minutes.

Take it off the heat when the mixture is still a teensy bit loose and let rest for a few minutes before serving.

Now it’s time to pick the mix-ins.

The oats by themselves are 150 calories per serving. Chocolate chips, dried cranberries and raw almonds are all about 60-70 calories per tablespoon (or slightly less). So for your breakfast, pick two! And you have a delicious breakfast with a little treat mixed in, and it’s only costing you 300 calories. Enjoy :)

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