Tuesday, September 25, 2012

steel cut oats

Today’s post is on an awesome recipe I tried for the first time a couple weeks ago.
I was anxiously awaiting cooler weather down here in Arkansas (I was three ish weeks early on that), and I decided to try a steel cut oat recipe.

It should be noted that I’ve never liked oatmeal.  My mom never made it for me and I only made it for myself once from a packet while in college. It was always so gooey. And just thinking about it kind of makes me dry heave.

But since I’ve been making conscious choices about what I eat (which is a lot harder than I once thought), I figured I would try it again because of its nutritional qualities and I figured it’d keep me fuller longer than breakfast bars, fruit or cereal. AND this recipe is made in a slow cooker —so I wouldn’t have to do much except pour/stir/eat.

Here goes.
Ingredients:
1 cup steel cut oats (aka Irish oatmeal) this makes enough for 4 people
4 cups water (follow directions on package for how much oats you used)
1/3 cup dried cranberries (you could use any dried fruit)
3 apples peeled and cut into slices (I’ve used red and golden delicious—both worked well)
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup pumpkin
Non-stick cooking spray or slow-cooker liner
Topping ideas: brown sugar, pecans/walnuts

Directions:
Spray your slow cooker with non stick spray—or even better, line it with a slow cooker liner for way easier clean up (this is what I do with this recipe and when making cheese dip—I don’t have the time/patience to scrub!)
Pour all the ingredients into the slow cooker and stir. Put on low and cook for 7-8 hours.
(if you let it cook any longer, the apples will turn to mush)

I was surprised; the texture was different than instant oatmeal.  The husband liked it—even had second helpings.  It did need a little sugar, but I just topped it with brown sugar (that I measured (1 tbsp), I didn’t go crazy) because I thought it’d make more of a difference on top than mixed in. Will be making this again!

Deets: Serving size is 1/4 of recipe, 253 calories per serving, 2.6 g fat, 53 g carbs, 9.5 dietary fiber, 21.5 g sugars, 7.5 g protein,12.5 % iron, 15.5% Vitamin C, 76.5% vitamin A.

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