Are steel cut oats “better?”
Good question. For starters, it might help to check out my Complete Guide to Oats. Steel cut oats definitely have benefits as far as having a lower glycemic index and thus digesting more slowly, which may be helpful for individuals with hypoglycemia or diabetes. However, they may not be practical for every situation.
I personally use both steel-cut and old-fashioned rolled oats depending on what I want to do with them. Mainly, I still use rolled oats in my Overnight Oats, an occasional oat bake, and maybe even on a rushed morning when I just didn’t plan ahead. (Yep, I’m definitely totally guilty of this too!) And I think rolled oats are still a great choice for anyone. However, steel cut oats are actually my favorite type of oats! Not only do I love the taste and texture of steel cut oats, but I love how minimally processed they are.
However, I’ve had a few people ask me for tips on using steel cut oats. Perhaps, you too are wondering how you can make steel cut oats more practical and fit into your daily life a little easier? Trust me, I understand! I am definitely one who rushes out the door in a hurry every single morning for work.
Working Steel Cut Oats Into Your Diet
There are tons of absolutely mouth watering and delicious recipes online and in cookbooks (imagine: lemon blueberry steel cut oats.), but you don’t have to be fancy about it.
- A basic stove top recipe courtesy of Bob’s Red Mill:
Boil 3 cups of water. Add 1/4 tsp salt and 1 cup water. Boil for 10-20 minutes. (I like mine CREAMY so I boil 20 minutes.) Stir every few minutes. And that’s it– no more difficult than rolled oats! Note: Serves 4.
- If you are preparing them stove top then consider making a larger batch so that you can have leftovers and save yourself time later.
Some Prep Ahead Ideas for Steel Cut Oats:
- An oat bake that features steel cut oats. Like this delicious oat bake from iFood Real. Go try it now…it’s amazing!😋
- Cook them in a thermos overnight. My brother introduced me recently to this new world of thermos cooking which you can use to cook steel cut (or oat groats). He is a busy student in chiropractic school and has found this method to be super handy to prepare the night before and have for breakfast the next day. I honestly haven’t tried it yet, but I certainly plan to soon.
- Overnight oats. Sometimes, to mix things up, I use 1/2 steel-cut oats (or even oat groats) and 1/2 rolled oats in my overnight oats. This idea was inspired by this recipe for The Perfect Porridge Parfait.
- Crock Pot or Instant Pot. There are tons of different recipes out there for both the crock pot and instant pot. Try my Apple Cranberry Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats.
- Try them in your favorite oat muffin recipe!
- Apparently you can even freeze steel cut oats and reheat them. I love her idea to freeze in muffin tins. I’m pretty sure I would’ve never thought about this, but can’t wait to try it.
- Blend them into pancakes! Check out this recipe for Steel Cut Oat Apple Blender Pancakes.
What’s your favorite way to use steel cut oats? I would love to hear from you!
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