The Shady Porch: Overnight Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oatmeal

1.23.2014

Overnight Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oatmeal

I believe the old adage that says breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so I try to prepare something that is both healthy and delicious to help get everyone off to a good start. Oatmeal has always been on our breakfast menu, but since we are trying to eat healthier this year, we decided to try steel cut oats instead of the more familiar rolled oats. Steel cut oats are less processed and take a considerable amount of cook time (45 minutes) compared to our usual minute oats. Obviously, that is not a plus, but when I learned I can prepare them overnight in my slow cooker...Win!
Breakfast - A Bowl of Overnight Slow Cooked Steel Cut Oats with toast and a banana
Overnight Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oatmeal

According to Prevention magazine, the steel cut oats are healthier than rolled oats because they are lower on the glycemic index, meaning they do not cause your blood-sugar to spike. This is important if anyone has diabetes or prediabetes in your family.
They were delicious, and, if hubby's opinion can be quoted, they were more (this is his word) 'oatey.' He went on to explain that the steel cuts seemed more substantial and more filling. 


Besides the the 9 hours of cook time, it takes about as much time to prepare the steel cut oats as it does the minute oats.

A measuring cup full of uncooked steel cut oats
Steel Cut Oats BEFORE cooking

Ingredients:
1 cup steel cut oats
4 cups water
1/2 cup milk (cream, almond milk, half & half, etc.)
1 T. butter, optional
2 T. brown sugar, optional

Topping Options: raisins, dried cranberries or dried figs

Directions:
Combine the ingredients in the slow cooker crock. Set to Low and cover. Cook 8-9 hours.  Serves 4-6.

NOTE - A good guide to preparing steel cut oats is a 4-to-1 ratio of liquid to oats. So if you are preparing 1 cup oats, you will need 4 parts water, milk or a combination of the two. I used a little more in the recipe above since we like creamy oats. 

A Slow Cooker full of Oatmeal (Steel Cut) that was prepared overnight in time for breakfast.
Steel cut oats AFTER cooking

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