Thursday, March 1, 2012

Our Favorite Breakfast--All About Oats!

We LOVE oats. Especially steel-cut oats. Steel-cut oats are made taking the dehusked oat grains and cutting them with steel blades (bet you couldn't figure that out), rather than flattening them by heavy rollers like rolled oats would be. Both kinds are whole grains, and both are good for you. Steel-cut oats take longer to cook, but because of that, you also stay full longer. There's nothing like a good breakfast that leaves you satisfied for a couple of hours! If you haven't ever tried steel-cut oats, give them a try!*

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
  • 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 :)
Save Money! Oats are inexpensive, so not only can you get health benefits from eating them, but you can save a lot of money by eating more oats and less store-bought cereal! So, really there's no reason not to!

*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: and


Lemonpeel said...

I LOVE steel cut oats. Lily and I eat them almost every morning too! And we love them, they are so versatile, I can't wait for peach season to come back! :)

Rebecca said...

Still so sad that I can't eat oats. boo.

But I still make them for the kids. One of my favorite things to do is cook steel-cut oats overnight in our crockpot. 1 cup oats to 4 cups water, on low. Makes for an easy breakfast on busy mornings.

Chantelle said...

I found a recipe for overnight slow cooker steel cut oats--I made them just the other day! They were good except I would add more flavor (up the spices). Here's the link:
I didn't know you could make them in the rice cooker, though; that's an amazing tip! Thank you!

Sarah said...

Slow cooker too? Awesome. Thanks for sharing!!

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