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I discovered a love for steel cut oatmeal about two years ago, during one of my many “I’m going to eat only healthy, natural foods from now on” phases.  Not that there’s anything wrong with such phases…let’s just say that for me, they are almost always ended by a baked good (see “Ode on a Chocolate Cupcake”).  Anyway – I first bought steel cut oats because they were good for me.  Now I can’t stand to eat any other kind of oatmeal.  I’ve even converted my husband (who was a die-hard instant oatmeal fan).  This is my own favorite preparation:

 Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal (serves 2)

2 1/2 cups water
2/3 cup of steel cut oats (I like Bob’s Red Mill)
1/2 medium apple, chopped
approx. 1/3 cup golden raisins
2 Tbs. brown sugar
dash of cinnamon
splash of vanilla soy milk (I like Silk)

Bring water to a boil in a heavy saucepan.  Add oats, stir, cover, and reduce heat to simmer.  Simmer for 10 minutes.  Add apple and raisins, stir.  Cover and simmer for another 8 minutes (this produces softer oats, if you like yours very chewy reduce cooking time accordingly).  When the oats are tender and all the water is absorbed, divide into two bowls.  Add 1 Tbs. brown sugar and a dash of cinnamon to each bowl.  Add soy milk to acheive desired consistency.