March 17, 2014

Slow Cooker Irish Steel Cut Oats

On the Menu Today~
Slow Cooker Irish Steel Cut Oats
Happy St. Patrick's Day~

Steel Cut Oats vs Rolled Oats~
A Few Facts~

Steel cut oats and rolled oats are nutrition superstars.
Steel cut oats are sometimes called; Irish, Scotch or Pinhead oats.
Rolled oats are sometimes called: old fashioned oats.
There is also quick cooking oats.
Steel cut oats share the same health benefits as rolled oats.
Steel cut oats differ from old fashioned rolled oats in only one way,
Steel cut oats are not rolled flat into flakes,
Instead the whole toasted oat grain, or groat,
that is used to produce rolled oats, is cut into thirds to yield steel cut oats.
Steel cut oats are nearly identical to old fashioned rolled oats in nutrition.
Regularly eating steel cut oats gives you the same health benefits as rolled.
Steel cut oats need to be cooked longer than regular oats.
Eating rolled oats or steel cut oats can:
Decrease your risk for Heart Disease,
Helps to regulate blood sugar levels in Diabetes,
Lowers your Cholesterol,
Helps with Weight Loss, and
Can control Blood Pressure.

Kitchen Tip: Guide to cooking Steel Cut Oats
A good guide to remember when preparing steel cut oats:
4-to-1 ratio of liquid to oats
If you prepare 1 cup oats,
You will need 4 parts liquid, such as water, milk, soy milk,
almond milk, coconut milk, half and half or a combination of liquid ingredients.
Add a little more liquid if you like creamier oats.

You can add also add to steel cut oats: raisins, figs, dates and coconut.
Dried fruit such as cranberries, cherries, blueberries and mixed fruit.
Chopped fresh fruit can be added such as apples, pears or berries
Fresh fruit can be added in combination with dried fruit.
Brown sugar, maple syrup, molasses and/or
Honey can be added for sweetness.
Sliced almonds, pecans or any nut can be added.
Vanilla extract, along with spices can be changes
to suit your own family's taste.
To add more flavor,
Stir in applesauce, pear-sauce, even canned pumpkin.
Any combination works~
The possibilities are endless.

Slow Cooker Irish Steel-Cut Oats

  • 2 cups steel cut oats
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 to 3 apples, peeled and chopped or
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups dried fruit, such as raisins, cranberries, cherries
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Cooking Directions
  1. Spray the inside of a slow cooker with cooking spray.
  2. Combine all the ingredients in the slow cooker.
  3. Cover and cook on low 4 hours.
  4. Serve with extra nuts, fruit, yogurt, syrup, milk or cream

*use any combination of milk, soy milk, almond milk, coconut milk, half and half with the water
*use any combination of brown sugar, maple syrup, honey or molasses
*use any combination of fresh apples, dried fruit, nuts or coconut

Steel Cut Oats, Slow CookerOatmeal, Irish

Healthy Note: Use applesauce or pearsauce to replace some of the fat called for in a recipe. 
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