Saturday, March 6, 2010

in which I discuss oatmeal

I MUST share this discovery with you!

My hubby and I decided to try making steel-cut oats a few weeks ago, and we absolutely fell in love. They take a while to cook, but they are so good!

From what I deciphered on Wikipedia (aren't my sources awesome?), steel cut oats differ from regular oats because they are cut (by steel) into 2-3 pieces instead of being rolled. The texture is better, and the flavor is richer than regular oatmeal. It's also pretty inexpensive- we found some in the bulk section at Rainbow for a little over $1.00 per pound.

Recipe-wise, the only thing you need to know is that it's 1 part oatmeal to 4 parts water. Bring the water to boiling, then add the oats. After 1 minute, reduce the heat and simmer on low for 1/2 hour to 45 minutes. I asked how they make their oatmeal at Jamba Juice, and the guy said they substitute some of the water with soy milk, which is yummy too! For toppings I use craisins, dried cherries, raisins, and a little bit o' brown sugar. Yum!

Unfortunately, the lengthy cooking time means I can't enjoy them during the week usually, but it's the best breakfast for a lazy Saturday morning!

Enjoy! (And, let me know what you think if you try them, or if you have already tried them!)


  1. I love those! Ever since I discovered them, it's my fav, too! :-)

  2. I've never tried steel cut oats but I love to put the same ingredients in my oatmeal as you do. Craisins, dried cherries, or even Craisins that are cherry flavored. YUM! I typically use almond milk in my oatmeal and I think it's even more delicious than soy. The flavor is smoother, plus I love the faint hint of nuttiness. (is that a word? nuttiness?)

    Your picture of your oatmeal is making me hungry!

  3. Being a complete southern girl at heart, I've never been able to fully appreciate that thing which is oatmeal. I LOVE my grits though, so yummy and when you add butter and cheese, MMMM! Now that's tasty!

  4. @ Susan- Yay! I'm glad to find another Steel Oat lover!

    @ Ashley- Aren't craisins amazing? I keep seeing the cherry flavored ones in the store and have been meaning to try them- I think I will!

    @ Anna- That's super funny, Josh was just trying to talk me into trying grits this morning! I had them a while ago, but I don't think they were "true" grits.

  5. Oo! I must de-lurk, and long overdue I might add! you've got to try making them in a crockpot - I happened upon this link when the baby was first born and let me tell you. Life-changing! it's like waking up at a B&B, almost. ha! enjoy - miss you! xoxo

  6. Yep! I love the steel cut oats. For some reason, though I never buy them for my house.

  7. Wow Mar- thanks for the info! I will definitely be trying that! =) Thanks for de-lurking too, nice to hear from you!



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