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Steel Cut Oats Rock

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

I am getting on the bandwagon a little late, but I am so glad I finally got around to trying the steel cut oats so many Sparkers have recommended. Definitely a change of pace from regular oatmeal! I like the nutty taste and the heartier texture. I was surprised when I opened the package to find that steel cut oats don’t look anything like the oatmeal I am used to. I think I was expecting them to look like rolled outs, just thicker. Big surprise! Steel cut oats are whole raw oats cut into smaller chunks. They look similar to bulgur wheat. The old fashioned oats that I am used to are whole oats rolled flat and then steamed slightly to make them cook faster.

Other Sparkers have mentioned how they occasionally have oatmeal for a quick lunch or dinner. I am more likely to do that using the steel cut oats than I would with regular oatmeal. The steel cut oats just seem more substantial.

There is virtually no difference in nutritional information. Both rolled oats and steel cut oats are whole grains and good choices. The only drawback with the steel cut oats is the increased cooking time. (Though SEWINGMAMACDS shared the tip that you can cut the cooking time and the oats will just be chewier – that’s not a bad tradeoff!). However, the Trader Joe’s Quick Cook Steel Cut Oats take about the same amount of time as my rolled oats, so time doesn’t have to be the deciding factor. And the Trader Joe’s product is very economical - $2.49 for the 17 servings in the package. Other brands of steel cut oats (with the longer cooking times) seem to be a bit more expensive (but definitely worth the price!)

Once I finish off my quick cooking steel cut oats, I think I will give the longer cooking type a try. Some Sparkers have shared that it is helpful to make a large batch and then divide it into individual servings that can be microwaved for a quick breakfast. I am not too sure about that, but I am willing to give it a try. You can also make it overnight in a slow cooker. I think that will be especially handy come winter. So, all in all, there are all sorts of options so that it fits into your lifestyle.

Steel cut oats are now at the top of my breakfast options list, but I haven’t crossed off the old fashioned oats. I think between these two types of oatmeal and all the possible variations, I will not be getting bored with my breakfast choices anytime soon!
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    I eat oatmeal nearly every morning in the winter. Haven't tried the steel cut oats, but you tempt me. I think because I am limited for time, I would make a larger batch and re-heat them.
    2415 days ago
  • CAROLJ35
    OMG, that is what DH and I had for breakfast this morning. I cooked them with Craisins, and love it!
    All winter I make them in a small crockpot using a Spark recipe, but cutting it in half. They really don't take all night, but I get up often enough through the night that I give them a stir and often shut crockpot off.
    Yes, we have leftovers and I just reheat other mornings. Love those Steel Cut Oats.

    PS I taught elementary school for 30 years (but steered my kids in other directions) as western PA where I taught did not pay well and I worked darn hard!!! My friends always said that teachers work the whole year, but squeeze it into 9 months.
    But I have many happy memories.
    2415 days ago
    2415 days ago
  • KITT52
    I love them too...with blueberries, but peanut butter is good too
    2416 days ago
    I'm glad you like steel cut oats.
    it is my favorite breakfast, snack, or dessert.
    I prefer the method of slow cooker. I'm glad you liked trader Joe's 8 minutes cooking steel cut oats.

    Here are some more ideas for different recipes, using steel cut oats.



    Quick and easy to prepare!

    COOK AHEAD for the whole week! (especially if you're in a hurry in the morning)

    Take it to work and heat it up. you'll be less hungry during the day.

    Absolutely DELICIOUS!
    I eat it every day once or more, for breakfast, snack, or dessert.

    2 points per cup following the recipe as is.

    *** Lately I've been doing the almost the same recipe over the stove instead of the crockpot. It is crunchy with a wonderful nutty taste.
    I only use Arrowhead Mills company, Organic Steel Cut Oats hot Cereal (in a 24 oz. box) because it has the highest fiber per serving (8 grams )than all other brands in the market, it takes only 8 minutes to cook and it tastes delicious.
    I cook it exactly according to the box directions, but I add peeled, cored, grated apples to it.
    Absolutely a treat with soy milk or skim milk!

    1. you can make a smaller amount.
    2. The amount of water has to be 4 times the amount of oats.
    For 1/2 cup steel cut oats, use 2 cups water
    3. This recipe makes enough for the whole week.
    4. You may add raisens, dates, dried crunberrie, or other dried fruits, if you wish, while counting your points(calories).
    Check Trader Joe's for wonderful selection of dried fruits.
    5. I like to eat it hot with vanilla soyslender milk (you can use skim milk)
    6. You may add pinch of ground cardemon, cloves, pumpkin spice......
    7. It fills you up (HIGH FIBER: 8 grams per 1/4 cup dry steel cut oats plus high fiber in apple and pears)
    8. I add splenda to taste and 1 TBS. of DaVinchi sugar free, fat free syrup (0 calories per 1 TBS.)
    9. I add (for additional points) 1 cup berries
    (I buy frozen berries at Trader Joe's)
    11. It's also great with 2 TBS. FF (or low fat) cottage cheese
    12. YUMMY with 1-2 tsp. low fat PEANUT BUTTER (for additional points)!!!


    4 small pears, peeled, seeded, and diced
    4 smallapples, peeled, seeded, and diced
    1 1/2 cups steel cut oats (I like the organic Steel Cut Oats Hot Cereal by Arrohead Mills)
    6 cups water (or up to 7 cups water)
    1 stick cinnamon


    Put everything in the slow cooker and cook for 6-8 hours on LOW.



    3 1/2 cups skim milk
    3 1/2 cups water
    2 cups steel cut oats
    2 cinnamon sticks

    Cook on low 4 hours


    If you don't want to do it in the crockpot:
    1 cup steel cut oats
    4 cups water

    pour water and steel cut oats into large saucepan, bring to rolling boil, cover, remove from heat and let sit a few hours (or overnight) until water is absorbed.
    When the majority of the water is absorbed, I add cinnamon then divide up into small bowls for easy reheating during the week.

    You can add bananas or spiced apples before you reheat.
    You also can add 1 tsp of oil and some sf coffee flavoring at this time, along with a splash of fat free milk.


    Spiced Irish Oatmeal
    6 servings

    3 cups water
    1 cup steel cut oats
    1 tablespoon brown sugar substitute
    1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon salt
    1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
    1 dash ground cloves or ground nutmeg 3 cups nonfat milk

    Combine ingredients. Cook on low setting in crockpot 4 hours.
    Makes 3 cups (six 1/2-cup servings).


    Steel cut oats with apples and cranberries

    1 1/2 cup steel cut oats
    6 cups milk/water (half milk, half water - depends on my milk supply)
    1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries
    2 apples, peeled and diced fairly large
    1/2 cup or so SF caramel syrup (like davinci)
    cinnamon, nutmeg to taste

    Cook on high for about 4 hours. Refrigerate, then scoop out individual servings to reheat daily.

    ***If you prefer your apple with a bit of crunch, add it during the last hour.


    Steel-Cut Oats are whole grain groats (the inner portion of the oat kernel) which have been cut into only two or three pieces. They are golden in color and resemble mini rice particles.

    How are they different from Rolled Oats?
    Rolled oats are flake oats that have been steamed, rolled, re-steamed and toasted. Due to all of this additional processing they have lost some of their natural taste, goodness and texture.

    What makes Steel-cut Oats so special?
    Grains are essential to a healthy lifestyle and form the foundation of the food pyramid Steel-cut oats are inherently full of nutritional value and are high in B-Vitamins, calcium, protein and fiber while low in salt and unsaturated fat. One cup of steel-cut oatmeal contains more fiber than a bran muffin and twice as much fibre as Cream of Wheat.


    2416 days ago
    Thanks for sharing! I'm going to have to look into that.

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    2416 days ago
    Thanks for the review, will have to try. Just recently I tried the stir in a tbsp of pb... yowser!!! who knew!!! instant new fav! LOL... why do we so hesitate???
    2416 days ago
    I guess cyberspace has a bone to pick with me this week. This is the third time since Saturday that I have posted comments on blog enteries and they have disappeared. Anyways, this morning I commented that I have been aiming at trying the steel cut oats for some time now and that you have inspired me to give it a try.
    2416 days ago
    I am a steel-cut oats virgin myself! Sounds as if they might be a good substitute for quinoa or brown rice in lunch/supper dishes too. Next time I'm at Trader Joe's I'll probably get some.

    2416 days ago
    You're right they do rock! I've been making them for my kids for years.

    If you want an even quicker cooking version, which is just as nutritious and just as tasty, look Bob's Red Mill "Scottish Oatmeal"

    The only difference is that these are ground a little finer and so cook faster (more surface area)

    2416 days ago
    I bought my first container of steel oats at walmart about a month ago because I liked the metal cannister it came in (McCann's Irish Oatmeal). Then I started reading about how healthy and awesome it is... I really like it!! Makes a nice hearty, healthy breakfast that stays with me until lunchtime. :)
    2416 days ago
    I am glad you enjoyed them. I am one of the fix a bunch and microwave set. We are getting ready to go camping and guess what my "go to" breakfast is going to be? Yep!

    I do splenda brown sugar, flaxseed meal, and peanut butter on mine and it holds me most days from about 7 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Not bad.....

    2416 days ago
  • EBETH13
    Steel cut oats are great!! I learned about them at the farmers' market. It takes a bit of time to prepare, but I make a double batch and my husband and I can have a great breakfast a couple of times a week. I like to mix a bit of peanutbutter in......personal preference!

    Thanks for the Share!
    2416 days ago
    Thanks for the recommendation and the tips. I've been wanting to try them, but not sure if they're even available in Germany. Will have to check out the health food store.

    Hope you're having a good last week on the 5% Challenge!
    2417 days ago
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