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Creamy Oatmeal

Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Rose Nguyen
Prep time 10 mins
Stand time 5 mins
Cook time 36 mins
Yield Makes 4 servings
Steel-cut Irish oats give this hearty breakfast dish a chewy texture and full flavor.


  • 1/4 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 2 cups 1% low-fat milk
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cinnamon stick
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup steel-cut Irish oats

Nutrition Information

  • calories 279
  • caloriesfromfat 0.0 %
  • fat 4.1 g
  • satfat 1.2 g
  • monofat 1.2 g
  • polyfat 1 g
  • protein 9.9 g
  • carbohydrate 53.1 g
  • fiber 4.5 g
  • cholesterol 5 mg
  • iron 2.7 mg
  • sodium 191 mg
  • calcium 194 mg

How to Make It

  1. Place apricots in a small bowl with hot water to cover, and let stand 5 minutes or until plump. Drain.

  2. Cook milk, next 4 ingredients, and 2 cups water in a heavy nonaluminum saucepan over medium heat, stirring often, 5 to 6 minutes or just until bubbles appear (do not boil). Remove from heat; remove cinnamon stick and cloves with a slotted spoon, and discard.

  3. Stir in oats. Cook over low heat, stirring often, 30 minutes or until done. Top with apricots, and serve immediately.

  4. Note: For testing purposes only, we used McCann's Steel-Cut Irish Oatmeal.

  5. Creamy Wheat Cereal: Substitute 3/4 cup uncooked quick-cooking (2 1/2-minute) creamy wheat cereal for 1 cup Irish oats. Proceed with recipe as directed, reducing cook time in Step 3 to 3 to 5 minutes or until done. Note: For testing purposes only, we used Original (2 1/2-minute) Cream of Wheat. Per serving: Calories 253; Fat 5g (sat 8g, mono 4g, poly 1g); Protein 9g; Carb 6g; Fiber 4g; Chol 5mg; Iron 1mg; Sodium 191mg; Calc 179mg

Cook's Notes

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