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Healthy Holiday Breakfast: Steel Cut Oats with Christmas Confetti

Although I have already broken out my fat pants this holiday season, I am not quite ready to start my New Year’s dieting. Even so, it’s best to eat something healthy along the way. Steel cut oats are a hearty, whole grain way to feel good about what you’re eating at this time of year.

For anyone who is not a fan of oatmeal, despite its long list of health benefits, steel cut oats may be the solution. They have a slightly nutty flavor, and a chewier texture than regular rolled oats.

For the holiday season, and since I’m not ready for my diet just yet, I added this Christmas Confetti—a mixture of dried fruit, pecans, and pure maple syrup.

Steel Cut Oats with Christmas Confetti

1 cup steel cut oats
4 cups water
pinch of salt
1/4 cup dried cherries
1/4 cup pecan halves
1/4 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
cream (optional)

1. In a small bowl, combine dried fruit, pecans, and maple syrup. Set aside. Place oats in a medium saucepan set over medium heat, and stir frequently until oats become slightly fragrant, about a minute or two. Pour in water and bring to a boil. Once the mixture comes to a rolling boil, add in the salt and reduce heat to a very low simmer.

2. Simmer the oats for 20-25 minutes, stirring frequently. If the water evaporates to quickly, you can add more as you go along. Pour into bowls. Top with fruit mixture, milk, and cream.

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