Apple-Blueberry Steel Oats

Blueberry Oats

This weekend brought rain to Arizona and gave me a yearning for warm oatmeal.  My personal favorite is steel oats.   They take a little more time but I like the chewy nutty texture.  Oats are generally made with water but I had the juicer going and decided to try cooking the oats in fresh apple juice.  Now you don’t need to juice your own apples but next time you make oats try changing out your water with apple juice.  It brings a natural  sweetness into your breakfast.  Note:  Apples are listed on the dirty dozen list because of the high amount of pesticides used in producing the fruit.  Always opt for organic apples or apple juice whenever possible.

Apple-Blueberry Steel Oats
A warm apple breakfast with blueberries which are full of antioxidants.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups of organic apple juice
  2. 1 cup of water
  3. 1 cup of steel oats
  4. 1 tsp cinnamon
  5. 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  6. 1/4 tsp tumeric
  7. Blueberries - fresh or frozen
  8. Fruit Spread - I used apricot
  9. Pecan pieces
  10. Milk - I used unsweetened almond
Instructions
  1. Heat liquids and spices in pan to a boil.
  2. Add steel oats and stir.
  3. Cover pan and reduce heat to simmer. Cook for 18-20 minutes.
  4. Uncover. Most of the liquid should be gone. Stir.
To Serve
  1. Place 1/3 cup of blueberries in your serving bowl (if you use use frozen - place them in serving bowl before cooking the oats to defrost a bit)
  2. Place 1/4 of the cooked oats on top.
  3. Add a little milk to thin out oats.
  4. Place a generous tsp of fruit spread on top if additional sweetener is desired.
  5. Sprinkle with 2 Tbsp of pecan pieces.
Notes
  1. Leftover oats can be placed in individual storage containers and placed in refrigerator or freezer for later use.
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 Years ago my aunt gave me a beautiful collection of tea cups.  I served my oats in one and found it made breakfast more of an event and helped me with portion control.

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Blueberry Vinaigrette Dressing

Recently I made my own blueberry vinegar and then created the dressing below.  Of course you don’t have to make your own vinegar to enjoy this fruity dressing.  There are many flavored vinegars on the market but just in case you want to try……

Blueberry Vinegar Recipe – Looking for a no oil dressing – use this vinegar with a squeeze of fresh lemon – delicious.

Blueberry Dressing

Blueberry Vinaigrette Dressing
A fruity flavored dressing.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/3 cup blueberry vinegar
  2. 2/3 cup olive oil
  3. 1 1/2 tsp honey
  4. 1/2 tsp salt
  5. 1/2 tsp pepper
  6. 1 tsp dijon mustard
  7. 1/4 lemon, juiced
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients into a mason jar or plastic container with a lid (make sure it's sealed tight) and combine well.
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Blueberry Vinegar

Making flavored vinegars isn’t difficult but they do take a little time.  The good part is the time it takes doesn’t demand much from you but a daily hello.  Flavored vinegars are great for salad dressing.

Blueberry Vinegar - Ingredients

First gather you ingredients – 3/4 cups of mashed fresh or thawed frozen blueberries and 1 cup white balsamic vinegar (mine is from Trader Joe’s) or white wine vinegar. 

Blueberry Vinegar - ready for fridge

Combine the vinegar and mashed blueberries in a plastic container. If you are using a mason jar with a metal lid, place plastic wrap on top before sealing top so the metal doesn’t make contact with the vinegar. Place in refrigerator and shake once a day for 3 days.

Blueberry Vinegar - ready to strain

After the 3 days strain the blueberries from the vinegar into fresh container.

Blueberry Vinegar - Strained

Voila! Your blueberry vinegar is ready to use in a dressing. I store mine in the refrigerator although I have seen several sites that store in the pantry.

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