So a while ago I posted on my private Facebook about how much I loved steel cut oats. Some people asked me how that’s even possible….they aren’t that good! Well I totally disagree. They do take some getting used to. Steel cut oats are chewier than regular rolled oats and have a very different texture to them. The first time I made them in the slowcooker I thought I had screwed it up and threw it out! Not to worry guys…..if your steel cut oats taste chewy, they are made right!
So then why steel cut oats over regular rolled oats? Why are they better? Well the two have similar nutritional values although rolled oats are more processed. Instant oats on the other hand can have added, undesirable ingredients. Bottom line is that both steel cut oats and rolled oats are very beneficial to your diet. They both have a lot of healthy fibre that will keep you feeling hungry longer and will help get things moving down there. They are also beneficial to lowering your cholesterol.
Another complaint about oats in general is that they take too long to cook. Not to worry, the recipe I am about to show you can be made ahead of time, divided up and reheated in the morning. You will just need to at minimum add a bit of milk and then reheat for 1-2 minutes in the microwave. Done.
But aren’t steel cut oats rather bland? How can they actually taste that delicious? It’s all about how you prepare them really. When I make my oats I add milk, vanilla and cinnamon for added flavour. Below are some examples of what I add when I eat it in the morning. My favourite is 0% Vanilla Greek Yogurt and a banana but I have also added ground chia or flax seeds, unsweetened apple sauce, apple, fresh or frozen berries and nut butters. Add whatever you want!
I’m doing something a little different with this recipe. All of these photos come from my Instagram app on my iPhone. Instagram is a photo editing app that allows you to manipulate a photo either before or after taking it. You can use it to apply filters to give your photos an artsy feel to them. Personally my favourite photo out of the bunch is the one above. Doesn’t that just look cool? Also the shadows from the blinds in our kitchen just make it perfect. One of my personal struggles with blogging are the photos. I tried using my husband’s fancy Canon and failed. I look at other bloggers’ posts and they look stunning. I then have to remind myself that I’m a newbie at this. Other bloggers admit to starting out taking pictures with point and shoot cameras or their iPhones. It’s ok! I’ll get there one day.
In the end what matters most is that I bring you guys delicious recipes, right? Well trust me, these ones are good. Mr. Ketchup said “These are the most delicious ‘healthy things’ that I have ever tasted!”. So that’s good right?
I had meant to bake these on the weekend and use them as snacks for lunches the rest of the week. Yes I make both of our lunches….if I don’t Mr. Ketchup would buy his and that would not only cost more but it would be less healthy for him. Yes, he is pretty lucky. What was I saying again? Oh yes, the majority of these were gone the first day. These only made it to lunches on the Monday, and Mr. Ketchup got the last one on Tuesday. Oh and no I didn’t take a bite of that wrapper too before I snapped the above pic. It tore when I tried to remove it. This recipe is kind of sticky so even if you use wrappers you need to spray them….trust me!
So what are your thoughts on my Instagram pics? I won’t be taking pics this way all the time as I need to learn how to use a regular camera but I think it creates a fun effect.