Healthier Oats Made Even Easier

This morning it was 16 degrees here in Middle TN.  Some of you may not think that’s cold, but my daffodils are already peeking out, so for us, that is a bit of a seasonal abnormality.  The already cooked steel cut oats that awaited me were a delicious and hearty meal with which to start the day.  Steel cut oats are fairly similar to rolled oats nutritionally speaking but they have a lower glycemic index (meaning they don’t spike blood sugar as much) and most people find they have a nuttier taste and more hearty texture.  In addition, even if it doesn’t affect the nutrition label, it seems to me that the more processing, the more chance that something nasty or unnecessary is being introduced and I’d just as soon skip that possibility!  They do however take longer to cook than rolled oats.

Little Sis and I have both posted a recipe for cooking steel cut oats (the whole oat grain) overnight in the crockpot….. But what if you don’t have a crockpot?  Our versions are full of flavors that do indeed require a little extra work…. What if you don’t have time for a little extra work?  (I’m heading for a solution – just building a little suspense first).  Little Sis posted Chocolate Oats, ooh lala, this IS Valentine’s Day weekend you sweet thing you.  And I posted Pumpkin/Apple Steel Cut Oats.  Take THAT Starbuck’s.  If you have a crockpot and haven’t tried these yet.  You must.  Really.

If however, you are lacking a crock pot, or a little extra time or the tastes and tolerances in your family for oatmeal flavors are too diverse to make a big single flavored pot, and/or all you have time to do is measure water and oats into a pot, let it boil while you do something else and then turn it off, then I have a solution for you.  Yep.  That’s it.  Put the oats and water and a pinch of salt in a pot, boil for 1 minute, cover and let sit all night.  Quick as you please, even if it’s cold and nobody wants to get up and get going!

This recipe comes from Snack Girl who has lots of good advice about eating healthfully.  She is also a professor of biology and that makes her even more special in my biology loving book 😉

Quick Steel Cut Oats

Makes 4 – 1 cup servings

1 cup steel-cut oats
3 cups water
pinch of salt

The night before you want to eat oatmeal put oats, water, and salt in a large saucepan (allow room for oatmeal expansion). Boil for one minute.

Cover the pot, remove from heat and leave on stove until morning.

Now there’s no saying you couldn’t add a little canned pumpkin…. or some chopped apple…. or some cocoa and a little sweetener, or your favorite dried fruits, nuts, apple sauce, frozen berries, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon – lots of cinnamon really sweetens things up without sugar, or whatever else you like on your oatmeal.  But these oats are heartier and less processed.  Hurrah!  and Hurrah!

I heartily endorse doubling this recipe.  Truly, this meal is leftovers from the get-go.  Why not make extra and have some more get up and go leftovers?  You can make some servings in appropriately sized containers with some toppings, stick in the fridge and voila you have breakfast to go for anyone with access to a microwave.  Take that again Starbuck’s, McDonald’s, AND the hospital cafeteria!

Here are pix of our nummy oatmeals for the crockpot.  Turn your overnight-without-the-crock oats into something just as yummy….. in no time.

20140928_075629IMG_9142This recipe also allows for Baby Steps to healthier oatmeal.  Slowly decrease the amount of sugar that is used as a topping.  Or try some fresh fruit or Date Cream or Apple Drizzle (also made the night before).  How nice to be able to provide and enjoy a hot, healthy breakfast with ingredients you know and can pronounce in about a minute.  That’s sweet.

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13 responses

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  2. I just hopped over from Virtual Vegan Potluck to check out your wonderful overnight steel cut oatmeal. I eat it every morning. I love your idea of adding canned pumpkin, chopped apple, dried fruits, nuts, apple sauce, berries, seeds, nuts and cinnamon. I add most of these ingredients at times too. I also love to add almond butter or peanut butter and my newest addition is vegan protein powder, almond milk or hemp milk. I subscribed to stay in touch. I’m pinning and sharing this recipe as well. All the best, Deborah

  3. This sounds incredible! I’m licking my lips right now. Pinned and tweeted. Thank you for taking the time to party with us. We hope to see you tonight at 7 pm. It wouldn’t be a party without you! Lou Lou Girls

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