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Back on Track: Start Cooking Your Steel Cut Oatmeal Tonight

Breakfast is truly the most important meal of the day. It fires up your metabolism and sets the tone for your day. A nice warm bowl of steel cut oats is a great way to fuel up in the morning, but the 30 minute plus cooking time is a little daunting for any morning, especially Monday. However, I have a great work around to this time consuming problem. It does require a little bit of pre-planning, but I am sure you have it in you to think ahead to tomorrow's breakfast.

Before you head to bed:

  1. Boil water in a heavy saucepan – four cups for four servings of oatmeal and two cups for two.
  2. Remove water from heat when the water is a full boil. Add oats – 1 cup oats for four servings and 1/2 cup for two.
  3. Cover and forget about your pot of oats until morning. Sweet dreams.
  4. Upon waking, with the lid on bring oatmeal to a boil (at this point I usually add a fair bit of cinnamon).
  5. Once your oatmeal is boiling, remove the lid and stir occasionally for five to eight minutes, or until oatmeal is the desired thickness.

Try it tonight to start your week off right!


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FitZucchero FitZucchero 8 years
I love steel cut oats. What I find works well is adding a stick of cinnamon to the boiling water before throwing in the oats. I still add more cinnamon (and a dash of soy milk) before being done, but it does require me using less cinnamon. Normally, I'm starving by the time noon rolls around, but when I eat oatmeal, I stay full much much longer and have a lot more energy. Yay, oatmeal!
Alayni Alayni 9 years
Trader Joe's has a yummy frozen steel cut oatmeal pkg that heats up in the microwave in 2.5 minutes. Delish when I don't have time to ccok it on the stove!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Hmmm sounds yum...
silly_pickle silly_pickle 9 years
EmyAnne is right, this is a very dangerous practice. It's not just meats and dairy that can go bad from sitting out. Starchy foods - grains, rice, potatoes can grow a bacteria called Bacillus cereus, which can survive high cooking temperatures, so even though you are reheating the oats in the morning, they can still survive. They generally cannot survive below 40 degrees though. It is always a good idea to serve hot foods right away and refrigerate the left overs promptly. I've done commercial food production and have my handlers card as well, it's better to be safe than sorry with these types of things.
JessNess JessNess 9 years
I have heard of some people cooking their oats in apple juice instead of water
pluckyred pluckyred 9 years
Similar to the crock pot idea, I soak my oats overnight in a rice cooker, then flip the switch (on) in the morning before my shower.
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
Dr. Weil has a really quick and simple way to cook these. I cook them and then add ground flax seed, cinnamon, and whatever fresh berries I have in the fridge. Yum!
parrotheadsue parrotheadsue 9 years
I like mine after bringing to a boil, remove from heat and let stand until water is absorbed. I use less water because I like mine firm and a bit chewy. It is not slimy or gooey. If you cut your water it will steam like rice and be fluffy.
melizzle melizzle 9 years
I do this every week or so in my crockpot- works great for quick breakfasts!
kayduh kayduh 9 years
Steel cut oatmeal is great if you cook it overnight in a crockpot. 4 cups of water, 1/2 cup of half and half, 1 cup of oats, plug it in before bed and it is done when you wake up. I find that it works best in a small crockpot and if you spray the sides with cooking spray first it is much easier to clean. I make it Sunday night and have breakfast for 4 days!
sophia_HL sophia_HL 9 years
Rolled oats have less fiber. This makes it easier for the high level of carbs to spike your blood sugar which releases free radicals into your blood stream. Basically the steel cut version will keep you full for longer.
ditorres ditorres 9 years
so rolled oats are good ... just not as good as steel cut oats. but if you're getting ~ 25-35 g of fiber a day then go for the one that fits in your schedule. (most people don't get enough fiber)
ditorres ditorres 9 years
Okay, I did a quick search ... rolled oats/instant oats have about half of the fiber of regular oats
ditorres ditorres 9 years
As I understand it, rolled oats (the ones that cook faster) have less fiber then steel cut oats as the outer layer has been removed with rolled oats.
JessNess JessNess 9 years
BrooklynSugar- I dont know about exact health difference but steel-cut oatmeal is not processed like the normal stuff. Its the first cut of the grain so its really in its more natural state
JessNess JessNess 9 years
I just bought steel cut oatmeal so I definitely will need to try this
JessieSP JessieSP 9 years
I'd give it a try.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
It's a good idea for cooking that kind of oatmeal because they take forever otherwise. It's not dangerous to leave them on the stove overnight; any bacteria that DO grow (to be honest, it's not a great environment for most bacteria to grow anyway) will be killed when you bring the oats back up to a boil the next day. It's sort of the same principal as soaking dried beans overnight. I might have to try this...I love regular oatmeal, but I usually don't eat the steel cut variety because they take so long to cook.
haze1nut haze1nut 9 years
i loooooooooooooove steel cut oatmeal! i cook it in either soy milk or almond milk with a good dash of cinnamon and cardamon pods.then when it's done i put in some ground flax seed meal and then add frozen blackberries while it's hot! it's a whole heaping bowl of healthy plus fiber!! i feel soooooooooooooooooo full afterwards
mwjank mwjank 9 years
It works better for me to cook them in a crockpot overnight. 1 cup oats, 4 cups water, dried fruit or diced apples, cinnamon and nutmeg to taste. 7-8 hours on low. Ready to go. Smells great too.
BrooklynSugar BrooklynSugar 9 years
So... is there a difference health-wise between steel cut oats and the quicker version? Mine takes 2 minutes, so it's the best pre-work breakfast.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
i love steel cut oats. I like to add brown sugar and cinnamon! Sometimes bananas and almonds! YUM!
BeccaMJ BeccaMJ 9 years
You can also do this in a thermos. No reheating required. Fill a small thermos with boiling water, cover tightly for 10 minutes, drain. Fill with 1 part oats to 4 parts boiling water (I do 1/4 c. oats, 1 cup water) plus any mix-ins you want (I use brown sugar and cinnamon). Mix. Let sit overnight, open and eat. If you like it steaming hot you can of course dump it in a bowl and nuke it. It's perfect for work.
EmyAnne EmyAnne 9 years
p.s. Isn't it dangerous to let food sit in water that starts out at such a hot temp all night? because they will partially cook and then cool down? I just took my food handlers class and you're not supposed to let food sit in the "danger zone temperature" (41F-140F) and then re-heat it? i'm probably wrong but does anyone know?
EmyAnne EmyAnne 9 years
I am going to try this tonight, i hope it works right! It makes me a little nervous that leaving them in water overnight might make them super soggy. That is so funny you wrote this Fit, about 2 weeks ago i found certified gluten free steel cut oats on sale so i bought some but they've yet to be opened because every morning i'm running too behind to wait 30 minutes for them to cook so i always go for my trusty cold cereal. Thanks for the great tip!
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