Mmmmm… It’s getting cold out. What’s better than waking up to the smell of some warm Steel Cut Oats and maple syrup? Waking up to bacon cooking- but as we’re on our vegan diet AND we don’t want to pull a Michael Scott (HERE). So- I resort to Oatmeal.
What is the difference between Steel Cut Oats and Rolled Oats (the normal Quaker variety)?
The difference between rolled and steel cut oats is that while both contain whole grain oats, they are processed differently. Rolled oats are steamed, rolled, steamed again and toasted, ending up as thin flakes. Steel cut oats are made from oat kernels that have been chopped into thick pieces. They have a nuttier flavor and fill you up for longer. I, personally, like the texture (not soggy like rolled oats) and the flavor better than rolled oats. Plus- with either an overnight cold cook method (will show later) or the overnight Slow Cooker Recipe- they are so easy to prepare and are ready when you wake up.
This makes 4 good sized servings (you can put in the fridge and re-heat in the morning) or 6 smaller servings
- 2 cups of steel cut oats
- 3 cups of Almond Milk
- 2 cups of Water
- 2 tsp of Vanilla
- Maple Syrup
- Spray the inside of the crock pot with EVOO
- Add Oats, Milk, Water, and Vanilla and turn Crock Pot on low
- Add Maple Syrup & Cinnamon to taste- it will soak into the oats so for sweeter oats, add more syrup, etc
- Set timer for 8 hours (my crock pot automatically goes to ‘keep warm’ after 8 hours)
- Go to bed
- Get up the next morning & check on your Oats
- Dish out into separate bowls
- Add 1/4 cup almond milk (optional- I like it, Rick doesn’t add it)
- Top with Banana, Almonds, Cinnamon, Maple Syrup (to taste)
Rick-9 out of 10
Kassie– 9 out of 10 (Really Really good to wake up to!)