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Blueberry Steel-Cut Oats with Lemon Poppy Seed Cream

Blueberry Steel-Cut Oats with Lemon Poppy Seed Cream

Serves: 8

Category: Breakfast
Author: Chef James Rohrbacher
Tags: Athletic/Higher caloric

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This oatmeal is almost too good to be healthy. The lovely lemon cream makes it seem downright decadent.

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8 pitted medjool dates or 16 deglet noor dates, soaked in hot water for 1/2 hour
3 cups water
2 cups steel-cut oats
10 ounces frozen wild blueberries, thawed
1 tablespoon ground chia or flax seed
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon alcohol-free vanilla extract
1 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight
1 lemon, juiced, or to taste
2 organic lemons, zested
2 tablespoons poppy seeds
2 pints fresh blueberries


To make the oats:
Bring water to a boil. Drain the dates and add the soaking water to the pot along with the oats. Simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile, in a high-powered blender, puree the frozen blueberries, flax or chia seeds, four of the medjool or eight of the deglet dates, cinnamon and vanilla until very smooth. Pour into the oats about 5 minutes before the end of the cooking time. After the oats are done, remove from heat and let cool for 20 minutes.

To make the lemon poppy seed cream:
Drain the cashews, reserving the soaking water. In a high-powered blender, puree the cashews, the remaining 4 medjool or 8 deglet dates, the lemon juice and the zest until very smooth, adding some soaking liquid from the cashews as needed for a consistency similar to whipped cream. Taste for sweetness and lemon and adjust. Remove to a bowl and stir in the poppy seeds. Cover and refrigerate until needed.

To serve, spoon some oats into a bowl and top with fresh blueberries and a dollop of lemon poppy seed cream.

Calories 315; Protein 7 g; Carbohydrates 53 g; Total Fat 10.8 g; Saturated Fat 1.8 g; Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 8 mg; Fiber 7.9 g; Beta-Carotene 55 ug; Vitamin C 11 mg; Calcium 71 mg; Iron 6.9 mg; Folate 18 ug; Magnesium 82 mg; Zinc 1.5 mg; Selenium 4.1 ug

Comments (10):



12/15/2012 10:57 PM

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I tried this for breakfast at the San Francisco Immersion and it was wonderful. I was very surprised on how good it was. I'm going to try to make it at home.


12/22/2012 11:37 AM

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I just made it. The poppy seed cashew sauce is sublime. Pretty easy. Lemon zest not necessary. I used less dates and much more cinnamon. Mmmmm.
This comment was last edited on 12/22/2012 11:38 AM


02/27/2013 10:55 AM

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It's seemed almost too good to be healthy. Deeeelish!


02/27/2013 10:50 PM

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I pureed the oats again with the blueberries after they were cooked. This gave it a more pudding like texture. Pretty good recipe. I had a small portion as an after dinner treat.


04/14/2013 08:54 AM

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Just made this recipe for breakfast. Very tasty! Loved the lemon poppy seed cream! A keeper


04/19/2013 11:26 AM

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What a decadent breakfast! It was a little bit of work to get it assembled but it was like heaven in our mouths. It makes a lot of leftovers too so it is more than worth the effort.


07/20/2013 02:18 PM

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I used a mix of berries/cherries instead of just blueberries. The poppy seed cream is heavenly.


08/05/2013 10:04 PM

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I used the cream as a dressing on top of romaine lettuce leaves and blueberries. The dressing was thinned and I loved it. I tried this at the San Diego immersion and now make it at home.


04/05/2016 03:23 PM

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Just made this and it was yummy. Of course, I didn't exactly follow the directions. I made the oatmeal and cooked it with the spices and added sunflower seeds. I added frozen blubes at the end. But the cashew cream ... really raving about that! I forgot to add the dates and it was still delish A hit for me!!


07/18/2017 01:29 AM

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I liked the taste of this recipe.  It was a bit too sweet for my tastes but good and filling.  I wish they wouldn't use the word cream in the name.  There is no cream in it.