What Can I Make with Steel Cut Oats?

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Oats, originally grown in Scotland, are now a popular breakfast food. You are probably already familiar with packet-bound instant oatmeal and “old fashioned” rolled oats. There is, however, another form of oats available in most supermarkets: steel cut oats. With them, you can make overnight oatmeal, oat bread, grain-based salads, and even toppings for all your favorite foods.

Oatmeal offers significant health advantages, such as lower cholesterol levels and reduced risk of heart attack and stroke. However, making oatmeal on a busy work or school morning is not always feasible. With steel-cut oats, you can use a slow cooker and prepare your oatmeal night before. To do this, combine four parts water with one part steel cut oats, plus whenever flavoring as you enjoy, like dried fruit. When cooked on low, with the lid on, the oatmeal will be ready in 7 or 8 hours.

Another thing you can make with steel cut oats is oat bread. This gives you an easy way to get soluble fiber — which helps to control your weight — especially if you don’t like oatmeal. Making oat bread is easy. All you have to do is replace five oz (142g) of flour in your favorite bread recipe with one cup of cooked and cooled steel-cut oats. The recipe will not require any other modifications.


Another thing you can make with steel cut oats is grain-based salads such as tabbouleh. To make tabbouleh, place the oats in a vegetable steamer lined with cheesecloth and steam them, covered, until they’re soft but still have a slight crunch to them. Then, just use the oats instead of the cracked-wheat most tabbouleh salad recipes call four. Add some chopped parsley to your salad for extra flavor and nutrition.

Finally, you can use steel cut oats to make healthy, fiber-rich toppings for a wide variety of foods. To do this, roast the oats in a parchment-lined or greased baking pan in a 350 degree F (about 176 degrees C) oven until they break apart easily. You will need to toss them with a spatula every 5 minutes or so to avoid burning. The entire process should take about 30 minutes. Cool the oats and use them to top ice cream, to make yogurt parfaits, or sprinkle onto your favorite cereal for extra fiber and flavor.


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Post 3

@fify-- You know, you can add steel cut oats to pancake batter too. Just make sure that they're cooked.

I add a scoop of steel cut oats to most of my baked goods and also things like waffles and pancakes. I do this for the extra fiber. Steel cut oats are a complex carbohydrate and it contains vitamins, minerals and amino acids that regular flour does not have. So adding some to baked goods and other breakfast foods is a great way to increase nutrition content of foods. People struggling with constipation must also eat more steel cut oats.

Post 2

@fBoyle-- No, I don't think so. Rolled, or instant oats can be cooked in the microwave but not steel cut oats. You have to either cook them on the stove top or in a slow cooker. If you cook them on the stove top, they take about half an hour. So make sure you have plenty of time.

Honestly, I don't have time to make steel cut oats during the week since I have to rush off to work. But I do make it every weekend since I have extra time. It's usually pancakes or waffles one day and steel cut oats the other.

Although preparing this type of oat requires more effort, believe me, it's worth it. It tastes much better than instant oats. They have a richer, more nutty flavor. And a bowl will keep you full for quite a while!

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Can I make steel cut oats in the microwave? My mom brought me some healthy groceries and there is also a bag of steel cut oats. I'm not sure how to make them though because I've never had them before. I don't have a slow cooker either. Can't I just cook them in the microwave? And how long do I need to cook them in that case?

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