Steel Cut Oats vs. Instant Oatmeal

Instant Oatmeal – even organic is processed, albeit less than the conventional, it is still processed.   Nutritional differences play a factor in that when you process the food we eat, you destroy the nutrients and enzymes.

Steel cut oats are made from oat grains that have been cut.  Instant oatmeal are oats that have been flattened so that you can cook them much faster.  That means more convenience for you – but not necessarily healthier.

It takes much longer for your system to digest the unrolled steel cut oats, which is of benefit to pretty much everyone because it doesn’t turn into sugar as quickly as the processed, instant oatmeal.  This is one of the reasons why oatmeal stays with you and helps keep you full longer.

Another benefit is the high content of fiber that is present in the steel cut oats which is double the amount in processed instant oatmeal.  This is good for many reasons – one, primarily from my point of view, is being of benefit to the intestinal track in that most folks don’t get enough fiber in their diets.

As you well know, oatmeal is of benefit to both your heart and cholesterol.

I know its a bit more work, but reference the recipe below for a quick crock pot trick that will have your oatmeal ready when you wake up…

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours

*2 cups steel cut oatmeal (not rolled oats – Target even makes an organic variety of this)
*5 cups water
*1-1/2 cups oat or rice milk
*1/4-1/2 cup unrefined turbinado sugar
*1 Tbsp. cinnamon
*1 tsp. sea salt
*One bag of your favorite dried fruit (around 8 ounces – please use organic/natural preservative free)
*Organic maple syrup or Agave Nectar for drizzling

*Spray Crock Pot stoneware with organic cooking spray.
*Place oats, water, milk, sugar, cinnamon and salt in the Crock Pot.  Cover and cook on low 8-10 hours.

*Drizzle with maple syrup or agave nectar if desired.

This recipe does contain a lot of sugar so please make this way as a special treat. Use the same receipe, minus the sugar, and add just a touch of agave nectar or maple syrup after cooking if you are going to have this on a more regular basis.