To make steel-cut oats we use three cups of water for every one cup of oats (3:1 ratio, though some like a 4:1). One cup of oats is enough for both Steve and I, though sometimes we add a bit extra.
To make it in a rice cooker (which is by far the easiest way for us): we just pour in 3 cups of water, 1 cup of steel-cut oats, sprinkle a bit of salt in, and put a drop of olive oil in (to keep it from bubbling too much, you don't have to) and push the white rice button. It's done in about 35 min.
To make it on the stove-top: bring your water to a boil. Stir in oats and a sprinkle of salt, turn down heat to medium-low. Cover with lid, but leave lid off a bit so it doesn't boil over (again, can put a drop of oil in to prevent boiling over). Stir periodically until water is absorbed, about 35 min.
Top it however you like. Some ideas for you: agave, molasses, cinnamon, applesauce, fresh fruit, nut butter, or milk. More ideas here. (EDIT: You will get more of the nutrition from your steel-cut oats if you soak them over night! Simply get it all ready before you go to bed and then cook as directed in the morning.)
We eat this everyday, it is rare that we don't. We went camping last summer and one of the things Steve and I looked forward to when we got back home was being able to have our oats for breakfast again. We love it that much! If you feel you don't have the time to make steel-cut oats, just try eating some regular rolled oats (not the pre-packaged flavored aka sugar laden kind). Rolled oats are still just as good for you, but like I said, they might not stick with you as long as steel-cut.
Benefits of eating oats (source benefitsofoatmeal.com):
- reduce the risk of heart disease
- lowers cholesterol
- can reduce risk of diabetes because it helps keep blood sugar levels stable (as all whole grains do)
- can lower blood pressure
- helps you absorb water to keep you full longer
- provides many vitamins and minerals (such as iron, calcium, and folate-- nutrition content here)
- they help everything move along, if you know what I mean :)
*We buy our steel-cut oats in bulk at a health food store. Look for them at health food stores, smaller chain grocery stores, or I'm sure you can buy them in larger quantities online as well.
Another way to enjoy oats is in granola. For our granola recipe, click here.
Check out these websites to learn more about oats: benefitsofoatmeal.com and eatmoreoats.com.