Steel cut oats can be difficult, because they take a lot longer to cook than instant or old fashioned oats. Soaking them overnight can help speed up the process! They only take 10 minutes to cook if you soak them first, which saves a TON of time in the morning. Steel cut oats are worth your time to cook because they contain more nutrients! Old fashioned oats and especially instant oats lack the outer layers of the oat, so they cook faster. These instant oats are higher in glycemic index and are nutrient deficient. Try steel cut instead!
Bring water to a boil and slowly stir in steel cut oats and salt. When mixture begins to thicken, reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until desired consistency. If you have soaked the oats overnight, it will only take about 10 minutes to cook.
While oats are cooking, heat a skillet over LOW heat and add almonds and seeds. Cook very slowly for about 5-7 minutes until toasted. Chop dried fruit and reserve.
When oats are cooked, serve topped with 2 Tbsp. mixed nuts and seeds and 3 Tbsp. blueberries. Sprinkle with cinnamon and add milk and or agave if desired. Leftover fruit, nuts, and oatmeal can be saved for another morning if you double the recipe.