Steel Cut Oatmeal

8 Oct

Even though I was eating my steel cut oatmeal most days of the summer, it tastes extra good when the temperatures are a little chillier. I wanted to share how I make my steel cut oatmeal in case anyone is interested in trying it out! Steel cut oats keep you fuller, longer, and are an all natural, not processed, great breakfast option.

“Steel cut oats could be considered a “power food” because they are an excellent source of protein, soluble and insoluble fiber and select vitamins and minerals” (Livestrong).

They are also great for nursing moms as they are known to boost milk production.

You can get steel cut oatmeal at any grocery store or place that sells old fashion oatmeal or instant oatmeal.

I make my oatmeal for 5 servings at once and then store the rest in containers in the refrigerator. To be honest, I can’t even remember what it breaks down to as far as the recommended ‘serving’ – I believe it’s a serving and a half that I make but I’ve made it for a year now and had all the math done a while back. It makes a pretty huge helping each day of oatmeal especially with added mix-ins so you may want to adjust.

I also have played around with how much water to add as I found I like them a little stickier rather than gooey or soupy, so you may want to experiment and adjust to your liking.

I make 2 cups of oats to 6 cups of water. I measure out the 6 cups of water in a pan and bring it to a boil.

Once boiling, pour in your 2 cups of dry steel cut oats. Boil for a few minutes – usually anywhere from 2-6 minutes depending on if I’m multitasking or not. I haven’t found that this part affects it much it just starts the soaking process.

Once the oats are boiling for a few minutes, turn the stove off and cover the pan with a lid.

Then go count some sheep and catch some Zzz’s and your oatmeal will soak while you sleep.

Before you put the lid on and go to sleep for the night.

“Steel cut oats are dense and chewy as a result of being passed through sharp, steel blades that cut them into thin slices that helps retain more fiber and protein” (Livestrong).

When you wake up in the morning, the oats will have soaked up all of the water. Just turn the stove on, give them a stir, and let them heat through. This also depends on what I am doing but they’ll loosen up as you heat and stir and I just heat them through until they are warm, making sure to keep stirring so they don’t burn on the bottom. This is usually around 7-9 minutes.

After they soaked overnight and you take the lid off.

At this point, I add my ground flaxseed. The flaxseed is just an extra nutritional punch that I can’t even taste in the oatmeal. I put in 2 tbsp for each serving so it equals 10 tbsp which looks like a lot when it’s dumped on top but once they are stirred in it clings to the oats and blends right in.

You can also add some mix-ins right now if you’d like. Sometimes I just stop at the flaxseed but this week I wanted more fall-like flavors so I decided to add in some leftover pumpkin I had on hand and some pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon. You can add any of this at any point (when cooking or when reheating).

Once it’s all mixed through and the flavors have a few minutes to blend together, I turn the stove off and get my containers ready to go.

I take a ½ cup measuring cup to split the oatmeal and I just split the oats evenly between the 4 containers and my bowl for that morning’s breakfast.

Put the lids on and store in the refrigerator for up to a week or so.

When you are feeling like some oatmeal, just pull the container out, dump it into a bowl (or reheat in a microwave safe container), and place in microwave for 1:30 or so. Stir it up and get creative! I love a banana sliced on top and usually add on some walnuts, raisins, and/or coconut. If you want it to be a little more loose, you can add a little bit of milk drizzled on top.

Some ideas for mix-ins are:

Blueberries
Apples and apple pie seasoning
Applesauce (I use this quite a bit as well. It gives them a little more sweetness)
Cocoa powder or a hot cocoa packet
Any nut butter
Banana
Pumpkin and pumpkin pie seasoning
Cinnamon
Ground Cumin (totally kidding, but I accidently did this once thinking I grabbed my cinnamon, it was awful!)
Strawberries
Jelly or Jam
Walnuts
Shredded Coconut
Brown sugar
Granola
Raisins
Chocolate Chips

Get creative with those oats!

What do you put on your oatmeal?

Trust me though, once you go to steel cut oatmeal, and see how easy it is to make, you won’t ever want another instant packet in your life! Although you can’t trade up the smell of Strawberries and Cream Instant Oatmeal – they should make a candle of that!

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8 Responses to “Steel Cut Oatmeal”

  1. Priscilla October 8, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

    SOLD!!! I’m sooooo trying this 😀 Thanks for sharing!

    • Mallory October 12, 2012 at 12:45 pm #

      do you love them?!

  2. simone@realgoodfood October 9, 2012 at 4:49 am #

    I love it with cinnamon!! YUMMY 🙂

    • Mallory October 12, 2012 at 12:44 pm #

      me too!! 🙂 🙂

  3. Karla October 9, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

    I’ve never tried overnight oats, because I never knew how to make them. Thanks to you, now I can! I love that it makes a big batch so you don’t have to make them everyday! I love putting peanut butter and chocolate chips in my oatmeal… And another good combo is pancake syrup and bananas. Yum!

    • Mallory October 12, 2012 at 12:44 pm #

      Good!!! 🙂 I’m glad i could help!! Yummm PB and chocolate chips!! Sounds fantastic!!

  4. jupiterstar October 10, 2012 at 8:10 pm #

    I need to try steel cut oats again. My rice cooker has a porridge setting that works for steel cut oats. I stopped making them b/c it’s hard to make just one serving, and my husband didn’t care for them. I don’t know why I didn’t think about putting the leftovers in the fridge!

    • Mallory October 12, 2012 at 12:43 pm #

      Ooo yes! I was on the look out for a rice cooker that had a porridge setting as that was the only way i ever thought you could make steel cut oats…i bet they are pretty yummy in there and even easier!

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