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Brian’s Essential Winter Oatmeal Recipe

I’ve written previously about my essential smoothie recipe, which is a great heathy staple for the the warmer months. And while winter is a bit relative down here in New Orleans, I always like to start my day with a wholesome meal that sustains me throughout the morning and gets me going on the right foot.

The thought of a cold smoothie is tough to stomach this time of year, so Mia and I turn to this trusted oatmeal recipe. There are many variations on oatmeal and I encourage you to explore and find what works for you. You’ll find like my smoothie recipe that you can toss in quite a few ingredients and it won’t compromise the taste. As we love to say, this recipe will stick to your bones and keep you satisfied for much of the morning.

We prefer steel cut oats because they’re a great source of whole grains and packs more nutritional benefits than regular rolled or quick oats. If time is an issue for you, rolled oats will decrease on prep time but you’ll lose out on many of the great nutritional benefits of steel cut oats. At first you’ll be surprised by the texture, but I’ve grown to love the crunchiness.

Cook Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 2 servings


  • 1 cup of steel cut oats (available in bulk aisle at local grocery)
  • 6 cups of water
  • Pinch of salt
  • Dried fruits (cranberries, raisins)
  • 4 tablespoons of wheat germ
  • 4 teaspoons of flax seed oil (I prefer unfiltered)
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • Chopped nuts (if desired)
  • 1/4 cup of milk

Place water and oats in pot and set on medium heat for 20 minutes, occasionally stirring to prevent overflow. When there is a little liquid left in the pot, turn heat down to prevent overcooking and begin placing dry ingredients in. Stir together and add chopped nuts, sliced banana, and milk to taste.

As you can see, it’s rather simple. I encourage you to have fun with the ingredients and customize to your taste. I will often soak the steel cut oats overnight to cut down on cook time in the morning. Rolled oats will not take as long as are a nice alternative if time is an issue in the morning.

I’d love to hear your variations on this recipe and learn what some of your favorite morning staples are, so hit up the comments and let us know!


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