I already know what you’re thinking, ‘Savannah, this is a sexy blog’ (why thank you) ‘and oatmeal is NOT sexy.’ Hear me out on this, there was a time when I too thought oatmeal was not sexy and shunned it for years. Growing up, oatmeal was pretty much always on the menu. I had 4 other siblings and oats were just quick and easy to be honest.
My dad was the oatmeal and omelette chef (he made a spaghetti omelette one time… a story for another day, suffice it to say, I am still recovering). Something you should know about my dad is he is 60 and still solid muscle. The man still has a freaking six pack! Talk about a unicorn.
Another thing you should know about my dad is he is ex- military and currently (at 60) a bodyguard. Yeah… dating was tough. Anyway, his gritty and tough nature extended to all areas of life, especially food. To put this into perspective two of his sayings about food were “food is fuel” which is fair and “out of the can into the man” …he would literally eat chili beans and sardines from a can.
What does this have to do with oatmeal? As you can probably see, my dad is one of a kind and had an equally unique way of making our morning oats. I will share that in a minute. One thing he always said as we tried to choke down the oatmeal was that it was good for us and that it was an important part of breakfast. Let’s get on to these benefits!
Why Steel Cut? Sounds Kinda Violent…
Most plain oatmeals are a healthy addition to your diet. Honestly, if you’re eating oatmeal I am already impressed because most people don’t. Again, not sexy.
You might be asking, why steel cut oatmeal? The answer is short and simple. Processing. Steel cut oats go through a fraction of the processing that other oats go through. The oat grains are harvested and cut with steel blades, hence the name.
Even rolled oats go through a tremendous amount of processing to get them flat and they are literally rolled out. I’m realizing that the oatmeal industry is very creative with their names.
Processing isn’t inherently bad, in my opinion, but I do like to stick to the purest forms of certain foods. Like Oreos, I like to get the grass fed, free range ones.
In all seriousness, I recently heard that rolled and quick oats have a starchy powder that they are coated in which isn’t listed on the ingredients. It has also been said this substance could potentially irritate the GI tract, which would really undermine some of the key benefits oatmeal. I say steel cut all the way,
Steel Cut Oatmeal Health Benefits
You may already be familiar with the benefits of oatmeal but if not, here are some benefits that make steel cut oats one of my favorite breakfast items.
- Fiber, most people do not get enough fiber in their diets and steel cut oats have amazing fiber benefits. They are easy to digest and can help keep you regular.
- Heart Health, oats have long been praised for their role in a diet geared towards lowering bad cholesterol. Oats are a wonderful addition to a diet that is centered around heart health. However, eating oats with a side of bacon wont cancel out the bacon…I wish.
- Antioxidants. steel cut oats are relatively high in antioxidants which claim to help boost immune system function.
- Reduce Inflammation, this kind of piggy backs off of the previous benefit, the antioxidants are said to help reduce inflammation within the body.
- Whole Grains, whole grains are totally awesome! They help with so much such as managing type-2 diabetes and weight loss (as part of a calorie deficit diet).
- Complex Carbohydrates, basically this means your body breaks down the carbs from the oats slower so you have less of an insulin spike and longer sustainable energy. Pretty cool!
Oats are a fantastic and healthy breakfast option.
My Favorite Recipe!
Before I get into my recipe, I have to tell you about my dad’s oatmeal recipe. Every morning he would pour rolled oats in a bowl, pour about 3 times more water than necessary over the oats, add some whole raw almonds and frozen blueberries and that was it. No cooking the oats on the stove, no microwaving… it might not sound so bad and honestly it wasn’t but for a twinky loving kid, it was torture. One time, he tried to get fancy and add some cinnamon but it was actually cayenne… that was a fiery morning.
My recipe is my personal favorite and helped me fall back in love with oats. However! Don’t make the same mistake I did and try to make steel cut oats on the stove for breakfast… it wont work. What you might not know (I sure didn’t) is that steel cut oats take FOREVER to cook. 30 minutes. That’s a long time for oatmeal! The crock-pot is the WAY to go. I am about to make your life so easy.
What You Will Need:
- Crockpot (you can find a review on the one I use here)
- Measuring cups
- Measuring spoons
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 4 cups of water
- 11/2 cups of frozen fruit
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1 cup of milk of choice
- Put oats and water in crockpot and turn on low. Cook for about 4 hours (stirring every hour) or until oats reach desired consistency. I like mine to have a little crunch. Be sure to check them or the oats will stick to the sides and bottom.
- Once oats are at desired consistency, add fruit, vanilla, cinnamon and milk. Combine well.
- Let cool and transfer to an airtight container and store in fridge.
- Spoon some out in a bowl, add a little milk, microwave til warm and serve with a drizzle of honey.
And voila! Your breakfast is cooked for the week! Super simple, super delicious and super sexy!
If you make this recipe PLEASE let me know below or share some of your favorite oatmeal recipes 🙂