Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Jamaican Steel Cut Oats

I can't believe the 4th of July has come and gone and summer is in full swing!  I've made my first batch of Lemongrass Tea and I am loving all the yummy summer foods.  We move in two weeks and I've been going through piles left and right.  I came across some old food magazines I saved with recipes I wanted to try.  One of them looked so good I tried it the next morning and have since made it three times. The last recipe I posted had coconut in it and the next recipe I plan to post (get excited for it!) has coconut in it as well.  Therefore, I must share what I always think of when I use coconut. Pina Coladas you ask?  Nope.  A Kenny Chesney song?  Negative.  Me in Hawaii wearing a coconut bra and hula dancing?  That's a scary thought for numerous reasons. 

I'll give you a hint...

"I don't like coconuts."
"You don't like coconuts?"
"Say, brainless, don't you know where coconuts come from?"
"Look here... from Tahiti, Fiji Islands, the Coral Sea!"
If you aren't sure what I'm quoting, here's a ginormous hint via two still shots from the movie.

I mean, I even put the quotes in red and green to help you out!  If you STILL don't know what I think of by now when I cook with coconut you need to quit reading my blog.  You should not return to my blog until you go watch only the greatest Christmas movie of all time: It's a Wonderful Life.  George is scooping Mary some ice cream in the second picture and they share this conversation about coconuts.  Kind of ridiculous that I always think of this scene, but hey, if it reminds me of Christmas in the summertime I'll take it!  Oh, and in case you're wondering, 15 more days until Christmas in July and 167 days until Christmas!
Yes, yes, I know, get to the recipe.  I love oatmeal, particularly, steel cut oats.  I love making pumpkin steel cut oats and actually made that recipe a month or so ago even though it's not pumpkin season.  Yes, I live dangerously like that.  This recipe fits into summertime much better than pumpkin and is pretty easy to assemble.  (Especially if you cook the steel cut oats the night before)
Jamaican Steel Cut Oats
6 servings (or 4 large ones) :)
1 C. steel cut oats
4 T. maple sugar flakes* (or 100% pure maple syrup to taste)
6 T. milk, warmed (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
1/2 C. banana, chopped
1/2 C. fresh pineapple, diced
1/3 C. unsweetened shredded coconut
2 T. sliced almonds, toasted
Bake oats according to package directions.  Stir in maple sugar flakes or syrup and milk.  Add banana and pineapple and stir.  Place in serving bowls and top with coconut and almonds. 
If you are not serving several people and plan to have leftovers I recommend only placing bananas, pineapple, coconut and almonds on what you plan to eat.
*Maple sugar flakes...don't feel like you need to go buy them just for this recipe.  Why do I have them?  I found a recipe a few years ago I wanted to try that called for some.  Naturally, I thought it was appropriate to spend THIRTEEN dollars for an ingredient like this in a new recipe.  (What was I thinking?!)  Anyway, that recipe was horrible and it's been sitting in my spice cabinet untouched since that failed recipe.  I'm sure the reason I flagged the Jamaican Steel Cut Oats recipe in the magazine was to make myself feel better by using some more of the maple flakes.  If you do want to buy some I saw them on and Williams Sonoma.  However, if you use maple syrup, which I did one time and used 4 T., it tastes almost the same!

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