It has been two years since we have gotten away from eating cereal 6 days a week.
Since Dr. Oz is such a proponent of steel cut oats, I thought I’d give it a try back then. It has become one of our family breakfast staples. I love waking up to a hot breakfast without exerting any effort the morning of. In addition, they are so quick to prepare. I have even brought my crock pot on different trips and have been able to serve a hot, healthy breakfast for the masses. Very cool!
So are steel cut oats better for you than regular oatmeal? YES, but they are very similar. They are less processed than rolled oats, they have a lower glycemic index, and they may cause you to feel more satisfied for longer because they have more soluble fiber. Plus, they hold up great in the crock-pot because they are so sturdy!
Updated 4/12 They are $0.53/lb. at WinCo in the bulk section, so for pennies a serving, you can have a hardy meal. For $0.27 I can serve breakfast for 5 people for 2 days with leftovers. That’s less than $0.13.5 a meal!! Of course the toppings add more cost, but you get the picture.
The Recipe: Crock-Pot Steel Cut Oats Recipe
- 2 cups steel cut oats
- 7-8 cups of water (we always use 7 cups)
- optional, 3 T TriMix (1 T Wheat Germ, 1 T Wheat Bran, 1 T Oat Bran)
- optional, flax seed
- Grease the bottom and sides of the slow cooker really well.
- Place all of the ingredients in the slow cooker (I don’t even stir it).
- Cook on low for 8-10 hours on the lowest setting. My sister-in-law accidentally discovered that this cooks on “warm” overnight, too, so that’s what we do now because there is minimal oatmeal sticking to the sides. Clean up is much easier.
- Stir really well, and serve with your favorite toppings.
Serves 8 adults. Serves our family of 5 with one more day’s worth of leftovers.
- maple syrup
- add your favorite here____________(the list is endless!!)
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