Steel Cut Oats: The best bowl of oatmeal. The oats are left whole and cut into pieces with a steel mill. Steel cut oats are the least processed and therefore maintain the best texture when cooked. They also take the longest amount of time to cook (as you will see, it’s worth waiting).
If you have never tried steel cut oats perhaps now is the time to try them. They take longer to make as you need to simmer in a pan, but with most of us at home at the moment, time is something we have on our hands. They are very creamy, slightly nutty and very satisfying.
Because steel-cut oats are minimally processed, and because they contain more fibre and density than their counterparts, steel cut rolled oats are one of the healthiest grains you can eat.
- 2 1/2 cups water — plus additional as needed
- 1 cup milk — any kind you like (we use unsweetened almond milk)
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 1/4 teaspoon maldon sea salt
- Toppings of choice — nuts, fruits, chia seeds, jam etc
– Place 2 1/2 cups water and milk in a medium/large saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat.
– As soon as the liquid boils, stir in the oats and salt. Return the mixture to a steady boil, then immediately reduce the heat to low so that the oats are at a gentle simmer. Don’t walk away from the pot at this point, as oats sometimes like to boil over. If your oats start to foam up and you are concerned, lift the pan right off the heat and let it settle down a bit before returning the pan to the heat to finish cooking.
– Let the oats gently simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally and scraping along the bottom of the pan to prevent sticking. At this point, judge how chewy or creamy you’d like your oatmeal. For softer, creamier oats, continue cooking for 5 to 10 additional minutes, stirring every few minutes until the oatmeal is as tender as you like. If the oatmeal becomes thicker than you’d like, splash in a little extra water or milk to thin it out to your desired consistency.
– Remove the oatmeal from the heat and let sit a few minutes to finish thickening. Enjoy hot with any of your favourite toppings.
MACROS: Amount per serving (1 (of 4), about 1 cup) —
Fat: 3 grams
Carbohydrates: 27 grams
Protein: 5 grams