Crock Pot Oatmeal

As I experimented with this recipe, for Crock Pot Oatmeal, I began to wonder what the difference was between steel cut oatmeal, rolled oatmeal and instant oatmeal. There is a lot more info out there on the 3 different types but here is my 1 minute explanation.

Steel Cut Oatmeal: Whole grain grouts that have been cut into pieces.

Rolled Oatmeal: grouts that have been steamed and rolled

Instant Oatmeal: grouts that have been steamed, rolled flat and ground up into thin flakes (many instant oatmeal packets have added sodium and sugar, therefore making them not as healthy)


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The steel cut, rolled and instant forms of oatmeal are all whole grain oats, which are healthy for you and your heart. Steel cut oats have higher amounts of calcium, protein, fiber and B-vitamins. Instant oatmeal has been processed more to cook quicker, resulting in a higher glycemic index. This means your body can break it down and digest it quicker. It may not satisfy your hunger through out the morning where rolled oats and steel cut oats will probably keep you full until lunchtime.

Besides that, I think a big difference between the three is the texture. Take a look at the picture above. Steel cut oats have more of a chewy texture because they have not been pressed flat. Remember that steel cut oats haven’t been pre-cooked like rolled oatmeal which means they require a lot longer to cook. But, don’t worry because I have a great recipe for overnight, Crock Pot Oatmeal. Throw the ingredients together in your crock pot the night before and wake up to yummy, warm oatmeal in the morning!

Crock Pot Oatmeal

1 Cup Steel Cut Oats (don’t substitute old-fashioned or quick cooking oats)
3 ½ Cups water
½ Cup Whole Milk (or ½ and ½)
½ tsp Salt
Cooking spray

1. Spray your crock pot with cooking spray. This is super helpful for clean up! I didn’t do it the first time I made steel cut oatmeal and I had to soak, scrub, soak and scrub my crock pot some more. No fun!

2. Mix the oats, water, milk and salt together in your crock pot.

3. Set on low, go to bed and wake up 8 hrs later to the smell of warm oatmeal waiting for you.

 

Oatmeal topping ideas to add in the morning:
Brown sugar
Cinnamon
Raisins
Dates
Craisins
Honey
Fresh fruit - blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, apples, pear, pineapple, banana (chopped)
Chocolate chips
Nuts - walnuts, almonds
Vanilla

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