Friday, July 1, 2011

Steel Cut Oats

Steel Cut Oats

Enlarged to show texture... these oats sure look different than rolled oats!
Stopped by the health food store yesterday.  I've been wanting to try steel cut oats for a long time. Bob's Red Mill brand offered plain steel cut oats and gluten-free steel cut oats; the latter were significantly more expensive, so I opted for the plain variety.

I topped my cooked oats with walnuts, raisins, and a little brown sugar.  I love the texture of these oats!  Definitely worth a try if you've never had them.  The only problem with these oats is that they take 10 to 20 minutes to cook.  I used a pan which was too small and it bubbled over, which made a bit of a mess... now I know.  I followed the directions on the package but made just one portion; not four.  Since this does take so long to cook, it would be nice to make this one day and then eat the leftovers on subsequent mornings, but the texture might lose something. 

Steel Cut Oats for One
1 cup water
pinch of salt
1/3 cup steel cut oats
favorite oatmeal toppings... walnuts, raisins, and brown sugar 

In a medium sized pot, bring one cup of water to a boil. Add salt and steel cut oats; stir to combine. Cook, covered with a lid for 10 to 20 minutes, stirring every few minutes (until desired tenderness).  I had to keep my lid slightly ajar or the oaty-water would bubble over (even on the stove top's lowest setting).  Next time I'll use a larger pot!

Good stuff!  I loved having this, knowing I was eating something really good for my health.  I think this meal was somewhere around 250 calories. 

1 comment:

affectioknit said...

Yum! We love steel cut oats...