Apple Walnut Steel Cut Oats

Continuing on with my adventures in steel-cut oats, I decided to use up some of the left over apple juice from my Spiced Apple Cocktails. I also learned a couple of lessons since making my first batch of steel-cut oats (pumpkin spice oatmeal). Most importantly, a little bit of salt and a little bit of vanilla extract go a LONG way, flavor-wise. Although I am usually opposed to using anything but water to cook the oats (it increases the calorie content), I wanted to use up my extra apple juice and it really makes the flavor pop in these Apple Walnut Steel Cut Oats.

Apple Walnut Steel Cut Oats

Apple Walnut Steel Cut Oats - BudgetBytes.com

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Total Recipe cost: $2.64
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Cost per serving: $0.66
Prep time: 5 min. Cook time: 35 min. Total: 40 min.

INGREDIENTSCOST
1 cupsteel-cut oats$0.70
2 cupsapple juice$0.87
1/4 cup (4 Tbsp)chopped walnuts$0.32
1 tspcinnamon$0.05
1 tspvanilla extract$0.29
1/2 tspsaltnada
1 mediumapple, chopped$0.41
TOTAL$2.64

STEP 1: In a medium pot (2 qt), bring 2 cups of apple juice and 2 cups of water to a boil with a lid in place.

STEP 2: Once the liquid is boiling, add the steel-cut oats, cinnamon, vanilla and salt. Stir to combine then turn the heat down to low and simmer (without a lid) for about 30 minutes or until the desired thickness is achieved.

STEP 3: After the oats have thickened to your liking, stir in the chopped apple and walnuts.

STEP 4: Either eat immediately or divide into 4 reusable containers and refrigerate until you are ready to eat. Simply microwave each portion for 1-1.5 minutes when you are ready to eat! The individual portions will stay good in your refrigerator for up to one week.

NOTE: The first time I bought the steel-cut oats they were an impulse buy and I paid no regard to price. Since then I have been checking prices everywhere I go. The best price I have seen so far (which is the price I quoted for this recipe) was to buy them from the bulk section at the grocery store (a national chain store). The steel-cut oats purchased this way are $1.39/lb and one cup weighs approximately 1/2 lb. So, buying them in bulk shaved off about 10 cents per serving. Not huge but every little bit counts!

A bigger price cut would come from the apple juice. I happened to buy a large gallon sized glass jug of organic apple juice when I made the cocktails (another convenience buy) which cost $6.99. This past week I saw a plastic gallon sized jug of unfiltered apple juice (although not organic) in a weekly sales flyer for half the price. We pay for convenience, people :)