Cooking Steel Cut Oats - Great Food Great Recipes

Cooking Steel Cut Oats – Great Food, Great Recipes

By: - Food & Beverage - August 31, 2011
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Cooking steel cut oats can take a while but the nutritional value you can get from them is amazing and well worth the cooking time. Steel cut oats are whole grains that are the whole oat kernel called the groat. This groat is cut two or three times by steel, giving them the name “steel cut”. You probably know, or will now, that rolled oats, the other popular form of oats, is actually rolled flat. Though they are both made of oats, steel cut oats have a bit more nutritional benefits than the rolled oats as they retain more of the groat.

Since these oats are fairly hearty, it can take awhile when cooking steel cut oats, usually from 20 -40 minutes depending on the consistency you want and the type of steel cut oat you are using. There are some very nutritional recipes when cooking steel cut oats that combine several highly nutritional foods, known as super foods. All super foods, like blueberries, cinnamon and apricots, for instance, can be mixed with oats to make a super meal.

One excellent steel cut oats recipe is made in a crock pot and can cook overnight, cutting down prep time in the morning. In a crock pot combine 4 cups of water, ½ cup of milk/half half/buttermilk, whichever you prefer, 2 tbsp cinnamon, 2 tbsp honey, 1 cup of dried fruit of your choice like raisins or cranberries and 1 cup of steel cut oats. You will want to cook on low for 7-9 hours.  If you want non-dairy oats, replace the dairy with equal parts of apple sauce, apple butter or soy/almond milk.

Another great and healthy steel cut oats recipe is a much healthier spin on the apple cinnamon packaged oatmeal you buy in stores. Heat 2 tsp of margarine in a pot and toast ½ cup steel cut oats for about 2 minutes. Add ¼ tsp cinnamon and a pinch of salt, stirring well. Add 1 ½ cups of hot water and bring to a boil. Cover with a tight lid and let simmer for 15-20 minutes. Lift lid and add ½ cup of diced apple, ¼ cup of milk, 2 tsp of brown sugar and a pinch of nutmeg. Stir well, cover and let sit for about 10 minutes. Eat and enjoy.

As you can see, there are many benefits to eating steel cut oats. Finding a great steel cut oats recipe can help you enjoy them even more. Try inventing your own variety of steel cut oats with your favorite fruits and sweeteners for a filling and healthy meal.