Overnight Steel Cut Oats

Have you ever had steel cut oats?  I had never even heard of them until I was visiting my grandma one time.  (I know everybody thinks their grandma is the best, but mine really is!  I wish everybody knew my grandma.  They would be a better, more loved person because of it.)  She makes this almost everyday for breakfast and she taught me her secret methods… which I am now making un-secret and divulging how simple those methods really are.  She cooks them overnight and it takes about five minutes of her time.  Then when they wake up in the morning breakfast is already done.  Busy moms, how wonderful does that sound?

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I have heard my grandma say many times how much healthier steel cut oats are compared to regular oats, but I couldn’t ever remember why.  I did some research and found that for the most part they are equal. (To see the comparison side by side, check out this link.)  They have the same amount of protein, fats, fiber and carbs.  Though there are a few differences, most of which favor steel cut oats as the better choice.  Rolled oats have no fat, whereas steel cut oats have a trace amount.  On the other hand, steel cut oats have less calories (not by much), no sugar (oats only have a little) and the real winner is that the Glycemic Index of steel cut oats is lower than rolled oats.  Whenever you can choose a lower Glycemic Index — do it!

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For those of you who aren’t familiar with Glycemic Index (GI) you can go to this link for a more in depth understanding.  The general idea behind GI is the amount your blood sugar is raised after eating carbohydrates.  The faster something is digested the higher is spikes your blood sugar and the higher GI score it receives.  Food with a lower GI score digests slowly, keeps you full longer and causes a smaller gradual spike in blood sugar.  Lower GI is always a great option!

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Getting back to Grandma’s oats:-) I will now share with you her process; it is very complicated so take copious notes.  Place oats, dried fruit and water into the pan and raise the heat on the stove to high until the water is boiling.  Turn off the heat and place a lid on the pot.  Leave the pot on the stove overnight and come back in the morning.  Pretty difficult, huh?  We usually serve up a bowl in the morning with some almond milk, sliced almonds and agave or honey.  Then microwave it for a minute or so until it is warm and enjoy!

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Grandma’s Steel Cut Oats

3.5 C water

1 C steel cut oats

A few handfuls of dried fruit (ie: raisins, cranberries, blueberries)

Additions of choice: almond milk, nuts, agave/honey

Slow Cook method:

  1. Add all ingredients to a pot on the stove.
  2. Bring to a boil. Turn off the heat.
  3. Leave on the stove overnight (with a lid) to set up.
  4. Microwave your oats in the morning.

Cook the morning of:

  1. Add all ingredients to a pot on the stove.
  2. Simmer on low for 20-30 minutes.

For either method:

  1. I add a little almond milk, some slivered almonds and some agave.

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Have a wonderful breakfast and a great rest of your day!

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