Apple Spice Oats from the Fat-Free Vegan Kitchen
Everyone’s heard the old adage, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” but so many folks either skip breakfast all together or grab a low nutrient breakfast of coffee and a toasted bagel made with refined flour. Clearly our bodies deserve better.
Enter Amy’s Kitchen’s line of new hot cereal bowls, which contain organic whole grains and are gently sweetened with agave nectar. I tried all varieties: Cream of Rice, Multi-Grain, Rolled Oats, and Steel-Cut Oats. I found the Cream of Rice repulsive–it was too thick and gelatinous in texture for my taste. I also didn’t enjoy the Multi-Grain because it included the rice cereal in the mix. The Rolled Oats were mediocre, but the Steel-Cut oats…ah! They were out of this world! Simply delicious! Hearty texture, naturally flavorful, and perfectly seasoned with a touch of cinnamon.
I’m just confused why convenience products like these have to exist. Are people so adverse to cooking that they can’t invest on their health the 10 minutes (or less) it takes to prepare a bowl of most warm cereals? Are people really willing to work however many miserable minutes on some job so that they can spend $3 on a friggin’ bowl of cereal? Do people really hate the planet so much that they are willing to buy something that comes inside a disposable paper bowl encased in a plastic wrapper which is encased in a cardboard box? I also can’t imagine a realistic scenario where a person would have access to a microwave, but not have the ability to make their own cereal.
As much as Amy’s steel-cut oats cereal left me craving more, I couldn’t consider purchasing it in good conscience. Instead, I purchased bulk organic cereal and tried Fat-free Vegan Kitchen’s recipes for Apple-Spice Oats and Cherry Pie Oats. Both recipes reap delicious results that even reheat well for breakfast the following day or for toting to the office in Tupperware. Steel-cut oats must cook for 30-45 minutes, which is a lot of time for busy folks. I set my timer and spend the simmer time showering and dressing, so that once I’m done I have a warm, fiber-rich and low-fat breakfast waiting for me. Rumor also has it that you can cook steel-cut oats “from scratch” in the microwave and they will still taste decent.