We all should know the importance of getting more fiber in our diets by now.  Americans, and I’m sure other countries as well, don’t even get half the recommended daily amount.  I like to start my day with a warm bowl of steel cuts oats after coming in from a run on a cold winter morning.  I get a good dose of fiber that tastes really great and it warms me up from the inside out.  Think you don’t have time to add making oats to your busy morning schedule?  Here’s the solution, make them the night before and they are ready and waiting in the morning.

Kristy

Ingredients:

  • 4 - 5 cups water
  • 1 cup steel cut oats, aka Irish oats (not rolled, old fashioned or quick cooking)
  • pinch of sea salt (optional)
  • add ins like unsweetened fruits (dried, fresh or frozen),nuts, spices, milk, vanilla, etc.

Preparation:

  1. You will need a glass bowl large enough to hold the water and oats. I use a 2.5 quart Pyrex bowl.

    Place balls of foil in your slow cooker

  2. Crumble 3-4 pieces of aluminum foil into balls and place them in the bottom of the slow cooker (this keeps the bowl from sitting on the bottom of the slow cooker and possibly cracking). Fill your slow cooker with water about  1/3 - 1/2 of the way up.

    Fill glass bowl with water and oats

  3. Place the glass bowl in the slow cooker (it should float) and add the 4 cups water and 1 cup oats to the bowl.
  4. Cover and cook on high for 7-8 hours depending on the consistancy you like your oats.
  5. Turn off the slow cooker, remove the lid and stir.
  6. Now is the time for the add ins. Mix in fresh, dried or frozen fruit (thawed), nuts, spices, milk or vanilla. I usually add in So Easy Applesauce, but if you like sweeter oats try stirring in some date sugar, raw coconut crystals, maple syrup, honey or even thawed unsweetened frozen juice concentrate. A really good flavor to add is vanilla. Scrape the inside of a vanilla bean and add along with the bean pod into the oats when cooking. Remove the pod before eating.

Nutritional Info:

Makes 4 servings.

Nutrients per serving:  Calories: 150, Cal. from Fat: 25, Total Fat: 2.5g, Sat. Fat: .5g, Carbs: 27g, Fiber: 4g, Sugars: 1g, Protein: 5g, Sodium: 0mg, Chol: 0mg

Notes:

Depending on how long you will be cooking your oats and the consistancy you like them you may need to use more water. If you will be cooking them a full 8 hours I would add another 1/2 - 1 cup water. The same goes if you like them thinner and creamier. If you want to make this recipe directly in the slow cooker without the bowl you can do so by misting the crock with oil and doubling the recipe, 8 cups water and 2 cups oats. The smaller recipe would cook too fast and dry out. Making more is another time saver because the oats keep well in the refrigerator for several days and can be reheated in the microwave.

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