When the girls were little, they always ate instant flavored oatmeal in the morning before school. I recently purchased a container of steel cut oats to try, so on to Pinterest I went. There were so many recipes, but this one from the site Sweet Anna's caught my eye.
I wanted to use a crock pot, because the thought of cooking steel cut oats in a pan, for what seems like hours, was not appealing! Using a crock pot not only makes the cooking process easier with steel cut oats, it fills the house with the wonderful flavors of brown sugar and cinnamon. The other benefit of cooking in a crock pot...start it before you go to bed and your warm yummy breakfast is all ready for you when you wake up!!
Come on in for the recipe and I also share the difference between steel cut and rolled oats.
Steel Cut Crock Pot Oatmeal Recipe
1 1/2 cups steel-cut oats
6 cups water
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar ( use less if desired)
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons butter
Add all your ingredients to your crock post, stir together and cook on low for 6-8 hours. When it's done, stir once again to combine ingredients. Makes 4-5 bowls
I made half this recipe just as a test and it was finished before 6 hours in a small crock pot on low.
All done...and it is the best!
You can add a little milk if needed, but it was perfect.
Add dried fruits or nuts too!!
Make sure you only use Steel Cut Oats or Regular Oats, "NOT" Quick Cook in the crock pot.
Steel Cut Oats are the toasted groats cut into pieces or chunks.
Rolled or old fashioned oats are toasted groats that have been steamed and then rolled to flatten into a flake.
Steel cut on the left and rolled old fashioned on the right. The difference in nutrition is minimal...the main difference is the cooking time and the texture when eating it.
The thickness and texture of the steel cut makes for a longer cooking time. That's where the crock pot comes in handy.
Either oat makes for a delicious breakfast and good for you too. Well, maybe without the brown sugar...Lol
You can click here for a link to a site I found and used for the nutrition of oats.