Pear & Honey Steel Cut Oats

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Back in August, I had the amazing opportunity to meet Bob of Bob’s Red Mill.

Bob

And not sure if you can tell by the photo, but Bob is in his mid-late 70′s. I know, I can’t believe it either. He still works every single day, in the office, in the factory, lifting boxes and grains. He’s still doing it all. I, on the other hand, couldn’t lift a box if you paid me and I’m 27. (I know, pathetic). So, we asked him what his elixir of youth is, how on earth he stays so strong and healthy. His answer? “I eat a bowl of steel cut oats every morning for breakfast.” And he’s been doing that for 20+ years. Fast forward to yesterday when I was cursing myself for eating cupcakes for breakfast. I stumbled upon a photo of Bob and remembered that little nugget of advice. And that, my friends, is how these deliciously healthy pear & honey steel cut oats were born.

Pear & Honey Steel Cut Oats - Realistic Nutritionist

I’m not a breakfast eater ussually and I don’t really LOVE oatmeal. (Quinoa on the other hand? LOVE). I mean, it’s fine. I’ll eat it but it’s never something I crave first thing in the morning. That was, however, before this oatmeal. Holy monkey face, this comforting bowl of healthy is my new favorite dish for any meal. It’s sweet, but not too sweet, crunchy yet soft and full of stick to your bones fiber. Even though it’s one of the healthiest things you can eat, it doesn’t TASTE like it.

pear and honey steelcut oats

I know one of the biggest hurdles I face when eating healthfully is that I don’t love the taste of healthy food. Shocker right? I’d probably eat breakfast every single morning if oatmeal tasted like double cheese pizza or cheese sauce. But, it doesn’t. So, instead of joining the ranks of the rest of obese America, I’ve decided to make healthy food taste better and less like tree bark and dirt. And friends, I think with yesterdays cupcakes and today’s steelcut oats, I’m really making some progress.

Healthy steelcut overnight oats

I could, easily, eat a bowl of this every morning and never get sick of it. Or, never be hungry again b/c holy crap this stuff is FILLING. No wonder Bob has stayed so healthy and slim, he probably doesn’t eat for the rest of the day! Forget fad diets, I’m on the steel cut diet. In no time at all I predict I’ll be slim and ripped. Better watch the guns, they’ll get ya!

Pear & Honey Overnight Steel cut Oats

Low fat crock pot steelcut oats

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Serves about 7. Recipe inspired byThe Yummy Life.
Prep time: >5 minutes
Cook time: 6 hours

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Bob’s Red Mill steel cut oats (or any variety)
  • 1 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1/4 cup light cream
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, chopped up
  • 1 large pear, diced
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Chopped almonds* optional

Directions: 

  1. Combine all the ingredients (except for the butter) into a basin of a slow-cooker. Top the oat mixture with the butter pieces. Stir with a spoon to mix them up.
  2. Set slow cooker to low and cook for 6 – 7 hours. To avoid burning, check the oats at the 5 hour mark and stir to mix up.
  3. Serve warm with chopped almonds.

Nutritional information per serving (3/4 cup): 

Calories: 214
Fat: 6.5 grams
Carbohydrates: 34 grams
Fiber: 4.5 grams
Protein: 6 grams
Weight Watchers Points: 6

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  1. Posted by Rachel @ Baked by Rachel on
    Wednesday, January 9th, 2013
    I imagine it to be a total generational thing. My grandparents had their way and each generation since has gotten lazier and less healthy. It's funny because I know it's a real person but I imagine him to not be. He's like the quaker oat man or something, you know? Weird. I'll go now lol ;)
    • Posted by realistic nutritionist on
      Wednesday, January 9th, 2013
      HAHAHAH i know right? I kept thinking he was like an Aunt Jemima! But he's a real human!
  2. Posted by CrunchyCreamySw on
    Wednesday, January 9th, 2013
    Oatmeal is a fave in our house so these would be highly appreciated :) And the fact I can make them in slow cooker is a total plus for me! How cool you got to meet Bob!!
  3. Posted by Dinnersdishesdessert on
    Wednesday, January 9th, 2013
    I am not a big oatmeal fan either, but I think THIS I could do! The fruit, honey, yum! Love Bob, I want to meet Bob!
    • Posted by realistic nutritionist on
      Wednesday, January 9th, 2013
      Bob rocks!
  4. Posted by The Beeroness on
    Wednesday, January 9th, 2013
    Bob looks amazing! He looks like he's in his 50's. If that's what oats do, load me up. Seriously, it's like a delicious anti-aging serum.
    • Posted by realistic nutritionist on
      Wednesday, January 9th, 2013
      I know! He's found the fountain of youth!
  5. Posted by Liz DellaCroce on
    Wednesday, January 9th, 2013
    I want to dive head first into this bowl. I also want to put Bob in my pocket
  6. Posted by Kathryn on
    Wednesday, January 9th, 2013
    This line "I’ve decided to make healthy food taste better and less like tree bark and dirt" made me laugh so much, love it!
    • Posted by realistic nutritionist on
      Wednesday, January 9th, 2013
      haha! It's my goal in life.
  7. Posted by Kelly Hunt on
    Wednesday, January 9th, 2013
    Ahh I LOVE that you met Bob! How fun! And this looks really delicious, definitely will be adding this to my breakfast menu :)
  8. Posted by Moveeatcreate.wordpress.com on
    Wednesday, January 9th, 2013
    This sounds delicious. And, I am so envious that you met Bob! I live in Portland, OR and love visiting the Bob's Red Mill Store and plant. It's a wonderful place to hang out - and filled with so many delicious items!
    • Posted by realistic.nutritionist on
      Thursday, January 10th, 2013
      Ah! I love Portland! The store is like my heaven!!
  9. Posted by Tutti Dolci on
    Wednesday, January 9th, 2013
    This is my dream breakfast, yum! Love Bob's Red Mill!
    • Posted by realistic nutritionist on
      Thursday, January 10th, 2013
      I know, right? It's so comforting!
  10. Posted by Mai-Lis @ A Sunshiny Day on
    Wednesday, January 9th, 2013
    Yum! I love me some steel cut oats! I haven't made it in a while, looks like I may have to get some ready for tomorrow!
  11. Posted by Julie @ Table for Two on
    Wednesday, January 9th, 2013
    ahaha we were just talking about this at dinner!! i love it! steel cut oats overnight are my FAVORITE. they're seriously the best thing to wake up to!!
    • Posted by realistic.nutritionist on
      Thursday, January 10th, 2013
      I know!! It makes your house smell so amazing.
  12. Posted by Stephanie Wise on
    Thursday, January 10th, 2013
    He looks just like he does on the bag! Love it! Also I want this oatmeal in my life ASAP. And that pretty flower bowl.
  13. Posted by Nicole Humphrey Cook on
    Thursday, January 10th, 2013
    This looks FABULOUS! I'm jealous you got to meet him. I love the flavor combination here, perfect breakfast!
  14. Posted by amy donovan on
    Thursday, January 10th, 2013
    I love oat-y things for breakfast - it always fills me up, keeps me full + makes me feel healthy. and your oats look amaaaazing. YUM!
  15. Posted by justonecookbook on
    Thursday, January 10th, 2013
    You inspired me to eat healthy. When the food looks this good, I'm easily tempted to try out new way of eating...and this looks wonderful!
  16. Friday, January 11th, 2013
    I've never tried adding pears to oatmeal but it sounds like something I should start doing!
  17. Posted by a farmer in the dell on
    Monday, January 14th, 2013
    I am SO jealous you got to meet Bob. He is my hero (and a fellow Oregonian)! Your oatmeal sounds amazing.
  18. Posted by Laura Bonner Blaise on
    Friday, February 1st, 2013
    steel cut oats come out better in the crockpot if you put all ingredients in an ovenproof glass dish that fits in your crockpot, then fill around the glass dish with water (about halfway up the side or 3/4). Cooking the oatmeal in a water bath keeps oats creamier, its easier to clean up, and easier to store for the week
  19. Posted by patti on
    Monday, February 25th, 2013
    this oatmeal is wonderful. been making oatmeal in the crockpot for some time, but love the pear and using milk in place of some of the water. i have my mom hooked on it now, too thanks!
  20. Posted by Jessica on
    Friday, February 21st, 2014
    Hi,
    Only 1 cup of steel cut oats? Is this a typo? I typically serve 1/2 cup per person in my house on quick cooking oats.
    Thanks!!