Quicker Steel-Cut Oatmeal

by Anne Bennett on May 16, 2010

qande_drumSteel-cut oats have become popular for breakfast because of their abundance of soluble fiber and nutty flavor. But since they take 20 to 30 minutes to cook on the stove top, most of us have relegated them to leisurely weekend cooking.

Now you can have your whole oats on busy weekday mornings: McCann’s has introduced a quick-cooking steel-cut oatmeal that takes a mere 5 minutes to prepare and tastes almost exactly like its longer cooking version.

With steel-cut oats the outer husk is removed from the oat kernel and the kernel is cut into pieces using steel discs. The kernelsĀ are not steamed and rolled into flakes, like regular oatmeal, hence they are hardier in texture and they tend to keep you full longer. They look similar to bulgur wheat.

We eat them with brown sugar, raisins, sliced banana, a dash of cinnamon and nonfat milk. You could also add fresh berries or the microwave berry compote listed here under “Desserts”.

In the Midwest they can be found in the health food section of Hy-Vee supermarkets, but I’m sure they’re available in all parts of the country. They’re definitely worth looking for. If you like oatmeal and haven’t tried steel cut oats, you’re in for a very pleasant surprise. BTW, they’re a product of Ireland, so expect to pay a wee bit more.

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Courtney May 16, 2010 at 10:28 pm

Yay for steel cut oats! I’m so glad I tried them while away. I bought the quick cooking variety as well and prefer the microwave instructions listed on the box – so tasty and so easy!

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