I’ve recently jumped on the whole steel cut oats bandwagon. Eating a breakfast of steel cut oats I feel so fitness-y and powerful, like a lean mean healthy machine. For my first attempt at turning oats into edible gruel, I googled around to see what the good folks of the world wide web were doing to prepare said oats. Turns out tossing them in the slow cooker overnight is a totally legit method. I studied some oat-to-liquid ratios and then began inventing my own recipes.
My first try involved some dairy. And by some I mean I had half-and-half going on in there. Whew. The oatmeal was delicious, but I was worried that simmering those hardcore oats in milk fat for ten hours was kinda defeating the purpose. (I’ll put the recipe for my first attempt at the end of this post.)
Banana Nut (steel cut oat)-meal
This recipe is vegan, vegetarian, super healthy and yummy. [edit: I added nutrition info towards the bottom of the post, 269 cals per serving – not bad!]
- steel cut oats
- one or two bananas, ripe/ near ’bout mushy
- brown sugar
- almond “milk” (Almond Breeze, vanilla flavor)
- chopped walnuts
- a slow cooker
Wisk it up so everything gets mixed together.
Put the lid on. Sleep all night long and have sweet banana nut dreams. (Make sure you keep the slowcooker on low for eight to ten hours). When I woke up, I gave it a little stir and voila, it was ready to serve! I divvied it up into six servings.
I served my husband a bowl with a little more cinnamon and a small dollop of maple syrup mixed in. For myself, I ate it straight up! Both ways were delicious. Walnuts are pretty soft anyways, but after cooking all that time they do soften down a bit more. They still lend to the texture of the oatmeal, but there’s no big crunch in there. The bananas totally mix in. There is a little skin that occurs, btw. I just work around it. I think next time I’ll double up on the banana for the amount of oatmeal I made. I totally recommend using two. The Almond Dream was an excellent choice!! I’m using that instead of dairy in my oats, from now on.
For clean up: this go round, I scooped out as much oatmeal as I could right away, put it in tupperware. That way, I soaked the slow cooker pot asap so I could get off the sticky part that gooes to the walls of the pot. (Last time I let it sit too long before soaking, and it was hard to remove).
If you make this recipe: please give me feedback! How did your’s come out? Was it gooooood? What did you do differently?
Based on nutrition labels from the specific ingredients I used: oats, brown sugar, almond breeze (vanilla flavor), walnuts, banana, and water. The entire pot made six servings for me; I just did the simple calculations to come up with this nutritional data.
per serving whole crock pot
Calories 269 1615
Fat 10 grams 60 grams
Sugar 10 grams 60 grams
Protein 7.1 grams 43 grams
My First Attempt: Berries ‘n’ Cream Steel Cut Oats
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup skim milk
- 1 cup half and half
- maple syrup
- frozen berries ~1 cup
- a packet (or two) of splenda