Friday, April 1, 2011

Steel cut oatmeal

We love oatmeal and eat it several times a week. Jane likes to have oatmeal every day. Sometimes I use rolled oats and sometimes I use steel cut oats. The difference between steel cut and rolled oats is that steel cut oats are raw whereas rolled oats are steamed and then rolled flat. Whenever you cook something you lose some of the nutrients, but steaming isn't the worst thing you could do. I personally look at both of these oats as really good, healthy options. Rolled oats are an excellent choice and steel cut oats are a little better because they have even more nutrients. They're both inexpensive. Steel oats cost a little more, but steel oats also use 4 parts water to 1 part oats; so when I cook the recipe below which calls for 1 cup of steel oats, it actually makes 5 cooked cups! Rolled oats you use 2 parts water to 1 part oats. So, in that sense, I'm not sure if rolled oats are still cheaper because steel oats make so much more. Also, steel oats have a little more of a nutty flavor and is a has a little more texture to it- it ends up looking more like little balls than mush.

Here is the quick and easy way to make steel oats. If you don't cook them the night before (for 1 minute, like the recipe says), and decide to cook it during the day, from start to finish it takes 40 minutes of cooking time. Compared to the one minute of cooking the night before, it'd be wise to plan ahead and make it before you go to bed. In our family, this recipe will usually last for several days. If you have a smaller family, you might want to reduce the ingredients and cook 1/2 c steel oats in 2 c water.

Steel Cut Oatmeal

4 c water

1 c steel oats

Combine in a large saucepan and boil for one minute. Cover and let sit overnight. In the morning boil for a few minutes if needed(mine has never needed this extra boiling time).

Optional additions for a bowl of oatmeal: pinch of stevia, agave, fruit, chia seeds, dried shredded unsweetened coconut, milk(any kind), wheat germ etc


Shayla Taylor said...

The night before - add a chopped up apple or two and come cinnamon. Soooo good. That is my kids favorite way.

JP said...

I usually mix my oats so our oatmeal has a bit more texture. I'll have to try that Shayla!

Elisa said...

Thanks Shay! I'm going to have to try that. It sounds delicious! By the way, don't forget to let us know the next time you're out here so we can all get together.