Today: Go Irish with Your Oatmeal

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

If you’re not familiar with Irish Oatmeal, treat yourself to some steel cut goodness this morning. Unlike regular oatmeal, steel cut oats are not rolled or flattened. They maintain a very high amount of the nutrients found in whole oats, unlike quick or instant oats that have been slightly more processed (but are still very healthy).

Here’s a picture of the steel cuts oats (very different that the flat oats you buy in the Quaker package).

Unlike the rolled oats, steel cut requires a longer preparation time for the oats to soften up and become a porridge. But it’s a great way to start a lazy weekend morning – first one up boils waters, throws in the oats, and lets them cook for 45 minutes to an hour. Served with a sprinkle of honey or some fresh fruit atop, this is a healthy start to your day. Adding cinnamon works well too.

A quarter cup (dry) oatmeal will work out to one cup of porridge. the nutrion stats are – 150 calories, 4 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber, virtually no sugar, no sodium, and only 2.5 grams of fat.

How do you prepare your oatmeal?

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  • jc

    Baked pumpkin oatmeal, served with maple syrup and Greek yogurt.  Fabulous!

    • Kclear

      I love pumpkin yum. Do you use canned and mix with oatmeal ? Would you let me know how you bake? Thanks!

  • MJ

    With milk (no water) and fresh berries.

  • Kmhelms06

    Just came across this review. According to America’s Test Kitchens, The Bob’s Red Mill is the best.http://www.cooksillustrated.com/tastetests/results.asp?docid=20001

  • Dixter

    Start them the night before. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil, add one cup of steel cut oats, turn off heat, put on pot lid and let sit overnight.
    In the morning bring back to a boil for a few minutes. Eat.
    Easy and Quick and Delicious. 

  • shris

    The rice cooker is awesome for steel cut oats. Likewise slow cooker does OK overnight..

  • Paulinejwatt

    Slow cooker overnight! Works like a dream and then I have oatmeal ready all week long!

  • Rebecca Kaplan-Shank

    An hour! Yikes! You shouldn’t need to cook them for more than 35min or so, and there are lots of time-saving overnight preparations available as well.

    I much prefer steel cut, but usually eat old fashioned, with walnuts, brown sugar, maple syrup, and cinnamon, sometimes apples. I cook it with about half soy milk, half water.

  • Gmm….

    Simply soak the night before. Easy and quick.

    1/2 cup steel cut oats
    1 tbs yogurt
    1 1/2 cups of water
    salt to taste

    Combine all ingredients the night before in saucepan. Overnight at room temp is fine. In the morning, bring to a boil, stir, then simmer for 8-10 minutes.

    Have done this practically every day for 8 years or so. $1.29/lb bulk oats.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=815747434 Heather Christensen

    I use Deborah Madison’s technique: Bring the water to a boil; dump in the oats & simmer for 20 minutes; turn of the heat & let them sit for 10 minutes; enjoy.  Here’s a link:  http://www.culinate.com/recipes/collections/Contributors/Deborah+Madison/Steel-Cut+Oats*2C+Basic+Method

  • Erika

    This is how i cook ours. I use Bobs Red Bill steel cut organic oats & here’s the recipe I use: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/277051
    Add cinammon, vanilla night before. With milk I add some honey, nuts, shredded unsweetened coconut (Bobs red mill) & sometimes fruit, chia seeds, flax. I love it & usually make extra for another day. Then just nuke for a few mins. It makes it so easy in the morning!

  • Joanne Panas

    I make a batch every 5 days or so: 1 cup steel cut oats to 3 cups water. Boil the water, add the oats, turn down the heat and simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once it gets to your desired thickness/doneness (have a taste), take it off the heat and let it stand for about 5 minutes. I portion it out into about 5 half-cup servings. 4 go into the fridge for later. My toppings: brown sugar, walnuts and some milk or almond milk. Yum!

  • Lynn

    1 third cup steel cut oatmeal cover with milk soak overnight add 1/3 chopped apple 2-3 chopped dates for sweetness microwave 3 min. add more milk microwave again 2 min and you’re done! Wonderful!