Steel cut oats could be considered a “power food” because they are an excellent source of protein, soluble and insoluble fiber, vitamins and minerals. The benefits of steel cut oats exceed the benefits of rolled oats because they are processed in a way that retains more fiber and protein. Unfortunately, they take longer to cook. But here is a way to enjoy them on the busiest of mornings!
1 cup steel cut oats
4 cups liquid which can include water, milk, coconut, soy or almond milk or a combination
honey to maple syrup to taste
1 heat proof bowl that will hold 4 cups of liquid and fit inside your slow cooker with the crock pot lid on
- Place the heatproof bowl in the crock pot.
- In the heatproof bowl, mix the steel cut oats and liquid ingredients.
- Carefully pour water around the edges of the crock pot until the water level is just below the contents of the inner bowl.
- Place the lid on your crock pot. Turn it on low and go to bed.
- The next morning gently remove the inner bowl onto a kitchen towel. Gently stir.
- Scoop up a serving and add toppings.
Oatmeal toppings: craisins, raisins, other dried fruit; almonds, walnuts, other nuts; peanut butter; dark chocolate chips; etc.
Coach’s Tip: Leftovers will keep 3 to 4 days in fridge so you can have a quick breakfast throughout the week. If the mixtures is too thick, just add a little liquid before reheating. For a great fall flavored breakfast try adding apples, cinnamon and a small amount of butter to the oats in the crock pot before cooking. One of my favorite toppings is canned pumpkin and walnuts!