Good morning! Last night I went out with my BFF Courtney to celebrate her birthday. HAPPY DAY-AFTER-YOUR-BIRTHDAY! I can’t believe I didn’t give you a blog shout out on the actual day. Sorry! Anyway, I had Thai for the first time – pictures and more details to come later! I got home kind of late, I was tired and went to bed asap, hence the shorty post last night.
So, let’s rewind to yesterday morning. My final sample from Bob’s Red Mill was steel cut oats.
Let’s have a little lesson on oats, shall we? Old fashioned oats and steel cut oats both come from a little thing called an oat groat. They look like this: please see picture below – thanks. Purdy huh? One of my favorite way to eat groats is with avocado, tomatoes, and cheese. Oat groats are delicious themselves, but they also are turned into other delicious things….
Such as steel cut oats. Steel cut oats are oat groats that have been cut into 2 or 3 pieces. Presumbly cut by um…steel. Now, old fashioned oatmeal is oat groats that have been steamed and rolled flat. Since they have been steamed and flattened out, they cook faster. Yes, cooking steel cut oats takes longer, but the effort is worth it. I like my whole oat groats and steel cut oats slightly chewy so I usually cook them about 15 minutes.
Nutrition: 1/4 c (dry) of steel cut oats has 170 calories, 5 grams of fiber and 7 grams of protein. And they are insanely delicious.
To cook steel cut oats
- Combine 1/2 c dry oats with 1 1/2 c water.
- Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer and cover.
- Cook for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- When the water is absorbed, enjoy.
With your next batch, you might try adding more water and cooking them a little longer for a softer result. Or add less water and cook for a shorter time if you want a chewier version. Experiement! I dare you.
I think they are delicious plain; they have kind of a nutty flavor. But of course, if you want to get all fancy, add all sorts of toppings…almond butter, peanut butter, raisins, nuts, bananas, brown sugar, the works. My favorite is Bruleed Banana Steel Cut Oats.
There are alternate methods of cooking steel cut oats to save time…such as overnight oats or presoaking the oats. But we’ll get to that another time.
Hopefully this was helpful to any steel cut newbies. And if you haven’t tried them out, you must. Really you must. One of these days, I’ll tell you about my first experience with steel cut oats and post a pretty freaking fantastic recipe. (I can say that without bragging because I just imitated a meal I had in a diner. 🙂 )
My review of Bob’s Red Mill Steel Cut Oats: I thought they were delicious, obviously, but didn’t really think they tasted that different from the variety I buy in bulk at Whole Foods. They might have been a little nuttier, but I didn’t have the two versions side by side to compare.
Now get in your Friday entry! And have a great day!