Steel Cut Oats

Steel Cut Oats are one of the most nutritious carb sources available.  They’re also known as coarse-cut oats, pinhead oats, Scotch oats, or Irish oats.  Steel cut oats are whole grain oats that are comprised of the inner portion of the oat kernel which are generally cut into two or three pieces.  Golden in color, steel cut oats have a coarse, nutty texture.  

With instant oatmeal, it is first cooked and then rolled thin.  Adversely, steel cut oats begin as the whole grain, maintaining the nutritional value.  The next step is to cut the gains into small pieces with steel blades, hence the name steel cut oats.  As opposed to instant oats, steel cut oats are not rolled which leaves them with their unique texture. 

Steel cut oats are generally grown in cooler climates.  Many companies offer steel cut oatmeal, including Quaker and the McCann’s company.  You can also buy steel cut oats in bulk at various health food stores and groceries.

In addition to the nutrients and unique taste, steel cut oats have the advantage of having a lower glycemic index than instant or rolled oats.  The only disadvantage when discussing steel cut oats is that they do take longer to prepare.  One serving of steel cut oats will generally take between 10 to 15 minutes to cook.  There are various ways to cook them, the most common being in a pot on the stove.  Steel cut oats can be cooked in either milk or water.  No matter how you cook them, steel cut oats are worth the wait.

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For a hot creamy bowl of steel cut oats—ready when you wake up in the morning—–just put about 1/2 inch of water in a crock pot. Then in a bowl that will fit into the crock pot put 1/4 cup steel cut oats + 1 1/2 cups of water. I also add 1 tsp ground flax seed and a small handful of dried fruit—my favorites are cranberry or blueberry—-or both. Place this bowl into the crock pot—-you are basically turning the crock pot into a steamer. Turn the pot on low and steam overnight. In the AM I ladle the cooked oats into a second bowl (instead of trying to lift the hot bowl out of the crock pot). I then add 1 tsp maple syrup and 1-2 tsp skim milk, stir and eat. For easy clean up I add water to the bowl still in the crock pot and let soak until cool enough to remove and wash.

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Large flake rolled oats have been a favorite of mine for years. I’d heard about steel cut oats, but didn’t give it much thought until I came across it in a kitchen shop with dry goods. I tried steel cut oats this morning for the first time and I think I may be switching up to them for my regular morning meal. I’m a diabetic and so anything I can do to improve my health, I’m for it. Loved the texture and flavor. I added pumpkin seeds, almonds, blueberries, ground flax & a bit of brown sugar with milk. YUMMY! Good to get on with my day.

Do steel cut oats HAVE to be cooked in order to get the nutrition? I like them chewy/slightly stiff after sitting in my yogurt for a few hours. Thanks!

Can you cook steel cut oataa in thee mico wave. If so how long do you cook them and how much water do you add.

I think you meant to write “Conversely,…” instead of “Adversely, steel cut oats begin as…”

Well,I tried steel cut oats for the first time this morning. They are a great. I love oatmeal. Been eating it for awhile now. Hoping though that this is the change I need to jumpstart some weight loss. Dont attempt to cook them in the microwave. Messy,messy,messy. Got a good laugh though. Heres a clue,if there are no microwave directions on the box,you shouldnt try it. lol Wish someone wouldve gave ME that advice this morning. lol

Nothing like the steel-cut oats! The solution to cooking them is a RICE COOKER!!! Is perfect. And…not only can you cook these steel-cut oats in it, you can also use it to cook grains, such as barley, etc. If the rice cooker has a time, you can set it at bedtime. If not…just have it ready and turn it on when you get up. No problems here.

This is very informative.

I cook mine in the microwave everymorning. My box of steel cut oats that I got @ the health food store does have microwave directions. I usually make a large amount (about 1 cup of steel cut oats) w/ 2 cups of low fat milk(not water, it the milk makes it creamier). However, I make my in a large mixing bowl to keep the milk from boiling over. I then mix in brown sugar and maple syrup. Some days I will eat it with blue berries and walnuts with a dash of splenda.



I boil some eggs in another pot while I’m simmering my steel-cuts. I mix the eggs into the oats. It’s sort of like the grits many of us southerners eat but are much more healthy and nutritious.

For easy no-mess microwave steel cut oats, I mix 1/2 cup steel cut oats with 2 cups water. (You can add other flavoring ingredients now or later.) Microwave on high for 3 minutes. Allow to cool and store in covered container in the refrigerator overnight. The next morning reheat about half of (the now expanded and softened) oats in a cereal bowl in the microwave on high for 2 minutes. The rest will keep for breakfast the next day or share with a friend. Perfect every time. Personally I add walnuts, vanilla, and splenda or maple syrup and a pinch of sea salt for flavor.

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