Sunday, August 2, 2009

CORE Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats

Easy 'creamy' overnight Steel Cut Oats made in the Slow Cooker. I converted the slow cooker to a bain marie (water bath) so oats don't get burnt with long cooking time
This recipe reheats well. I make a batch and put in 4 tubs. Note - this is fine in the fridge for 4 days as long as you use fresh milk with at least 6 or 7 days date on it.

What are Steel cut oats?
Steel cut oats are whole grain groats (the inner portion of the oat kernel) which have been cut into only two or three pieces. Also known as Scotch or Irish oats. They look like a chopped up rice grain. Steel cut oats are different in texture and taste from rolled oats. They are a little chewier, have a nutty flavour and need to be cooked longer (like brown rice compared to white). They also take longer to digest and keep you full a lot longer!

Rolled oats have usually been steamed, rolled and toasted (sometimes more than once), so steel cut is significantly less processed than traditional rolled oats or quick oats.

Steel cut oats are generally not in supermarkets, but cheap from health food shops ($3-ish for 500g) or loose in bulk from grain/organics type places.

Serves: 4

Difficulty: Easy


  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 1 cup non fat milk
  • 3 cups water

Optional - *40g dried fruit (1.5pts)


Find a 6 cup capacity bowl or casserole which will fit in your slow cooker, allowing the lid to seal. (My slowcooker is small, so I used a 1.1L pudding bowl, and did 3/4 cup oats, 1 cup milk, 2 cups water.)
Pour water into the slow cooker bowl until it comes about 3cm below the level of your inner bowl/casserole. This 'water bath' is a super gentle moist cooking cooking method.
Put ingredients into inner bowl, stir and put lid onto slow cooker.
Put on low and go to bed.
In the morning you'll have breakfast ready and it will keep warm with the SC off for some time.

Serve with yor favourite sweetener - Splenda, sugar, honey, maple syup (extra pts)

On Core? If you added fruit, allow 0.5 pts

Not on Core? The total Points for this recipe without fruit is 13.5pts, or 3.5pts per serve
Add 0.5 pts per serve for the opional fruit

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