When you’re used to artificial sweeteners, corn syrup, and cane sugar, it can be hard to let nature sweeten your food. You won’t see any of these added to my Cinnamon Sunrise Steel Cut Oats Recipe, but I think the natural touches of sweetness will come as a pleasant – and delicious -surprise!
Adding banana, honey, dates, raisans, or coconut as a sweetener takes some adjustment. I think the biggest trick is to stop looking for “just like”, paleo, gluten-free, or sugar-free versions of your favorite foods. Try to go on a new flavor discovery instead and the natural flavors of foods without additives just might surprise you.
I found inspiration for my Cinnamon Sunrise Steel Cut Oats from Cookie and Kate. Kate has the most delicious recipe for basic, creamy, steel cut oats. Make a big batch and refrigerate it to use over a week. This oatmeal recipe from Cookie and Kate is pretty full-proof and ready for you to jazz up with your favorite flavors.
I then looked at Kate’s suggestions for toppings, along with so many delicious ideas from Pinterest, and did a little pantry inventory. I found some items I know I love in oatmeal – cinnamon, (almond) milk, and nutmeg – and then pulled out some more adventurous items like dried apricots, carrots (a real leap of faith), and dates. The end result? A hearty, creamy Steel Cut Oats Recipe with a touch of natural sweetness in every bite. Yum!
Cinnamon Surprise Steel Cut Oats Recipe
Steel cut oats take a bit longer to make than traditional oatmeal, but I think this wholesome porridge is worth it! Plus, make extra and you just need to reheat it on the stove for your next meal. What are your favorite mix-ins?
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