Have you ever tried steel cut oats as opposed to rolled oats in your oatmeal? This healthy steel cut oats recipe may just turn you into a steel cut oats fan.
Unlike rolled oats that are steamed and rolled during the manufacturing process, steel cut oats are simply oat groats that have been chopped using very sharp blades. There is very little processing involved, which makes steel cut oats an even less processed version of homemade oatmeal.
Now, any oatmeal that is made at home and is made from plain oats without any sugar, artificial flavors, or artificial ingredients is certainly better than opening a paper package of flavored oats and dumping them into a bowl. Most flavored oatmeal packets are completely loaded with sugar and even artificial flavors and colors. By combining plain unflavored oats with water or milk and simple flavorings such as honey or maple syrup from your own pantry, you are making a far better choice than packets of processed flavored oatmeal.
This steel cut oats recipe combines simple healthy ingredients and only a little bit of sugar for great warm flavor first thing in the morning. The great thing about his recipe is that is cooks in the crock pot for 7 to 8 hours. So, if you start the crock pot right before bedtime, it should be ready right about the time you wake up the morning. Just be careful not to sleep in or the oats may get overdone! Also, do note that many crock pots cook differently, so keep an eye on the oats the last hour or two the first time you make them so that you can make sure they don't burn or run out of cooking liquid. If the oats have absorbed all of the liquid but are still not quite tender enough, simply add a 1/2 cup of water to the oats while they finish cooking.
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups skim milk
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 1/3 cup golden raisins
- 2 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Seven to eight hours before you plan to eat the oatmeal, combine the water, skim milk, steel cut oats, golden raisins, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt In a 4-quart crock pot.
- Use a large spoon to gently stir together the ingredients until they are well combined.
- Turn the crock pot on to low, place the lid on the crockpot, and cook for 7 to 8 hours, until the oats are tender and completely cooked.
- Ladle into bowls and serve.
- Top with a small amount of additional milk if desired.