Saturday, June 6, 2009

Steel Cut Oatmeal-Updated

Everyone has had oatmeal, but not everyone has enjoyed a steaming, creamy, comforting bowl of steel cut oatmeal. Steel cut oats are much more dense and have a chewier texture than your standard rolled oats. Instead of steaming the oats and rolling them flat, they are run whole through a steel blade and cut into very thin pieces resulting in a better texture, flavor and higher nutritional value due to less processing. Oats are full of B vitamins, fiber, manganese, selenium and many other important nutrients. Eating a diet high in whole grains helps prevent cardiovascular disease, type-2 diabetes, childhood asthma AND it is a great whole grain alternative for those of you who have children who suffer from autism, celiac disease or other illnesses that are complicated by the consumption of wheat/gluten products. So, where do you find steel cut oats? You can find them in virtually any major grocery store, but the best tip I can give you is to buy them in the bulk section of your store. I pay between $.59-$.79/lb! This is an inexpensive grain that you just can't afford not to feed your family. I started my son on this cereal when he was about 8 months old and he just gobbles it up. It is even a standard request at snack time in our home!

1 C. steel cut oats
4 C. water
1 TBS. real unsalted butter
1/2 C. smashed walnuts(let your children smash them in a ziploc with a wooden hammer)
1/2 C. raisins(or cherries/ sugar added)
1-2 TBS. molasses*
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 C. milk
Honey, agave/maple syrup or brown sugar to taste. Add more milk to your desired consistency.

**It has just been brought to my attention that I completely neglected to tell you how to make this!

In a medium pot, combine water and oats. Bring to a gentle boil, stirring occasionally, until oats are thick and creamy, about 15-20minutes. Then add it the remaining ingredients and serve warm with extra milk on the side.
Add ons: this is a great way to get extra nutrients into your children to start their day. Add strawberries, blueberries, bananas, etc. You can also try adding a spoonful of peanut butter instead of walnuts, sunflower seeds, or any other nuts to create variety. Try adding a couple tablespoons of real pumpkin and pumpkin pie seasoning for an amazing new flavor!

*Thanks to Miss Jan, my favorite nutritionist friend, my family now enjoys the taste and health benefits of blackstrap molasses. It is a great source of iron, calcium and is one of the best mineral dense natural sweetners available containing copper,potassium and magnesium. It's a great way to add sweetness AND fulfill health requirements for your little ones. Start with one tablespoon and increase as you become accustomed to the flavor. Yum!

Tip: Make a large batch and store(before adding fruit toppings) in the refrigerator. It reheats with a little milk beautifully for mornings on the go.


The Martin's said...

Very yummy, directions! Had to scan the internet to figure out how to cook the oats. Bonus was that Anderson got a morning bath today ;)

The Mommy Chef said...

Thanks for bringing that to my attention! Problem solved:)