Imagine waking up to the soothing smell of fresh-baked apple or pumpkin pie...only it’s a hot breakfast cereal that helps stabilize your blood sugar and stave off hunger for hours. And all you have to do is scoop some into a bowl, top with some nuts and seeds, a bit of milk and your favorite fruit, and you’re good to go.
Imagine no longer. Instead, try these easy scrumptious steel-cut oat recipes that cook overnight in a crockpot. And please tell me if you like them as much as I do.
Makes 4 cups • Serving size = 1/2 cup
120 calories • 2g fat • 190mg sodium • 22g carbohydrate • 7g sugar • 3g fiber • 3g protein
Yield: 4 ½ cups
Makes 4 1/2 cups • Serving size = 1/2 cup
90 calories • 2g fat • 170mg sodium • 16g carbohydrate • 3g sugar • 3g fiber • 3g protein
If you’re one of those people who loves sharing brilliant-sounding nutrition tidbits, even if no else wants to hear them, here’s the information you need…
Oats contain a special kind of fiber called beta-glucan. This fiber is a ninja for lowering blood sugar levels AND cholesterol levels. So regularly eating steel-cut oats helps prevent type 2 diabetes and heart disease if you don’t have them, and helps you reverse them if you do.
Steel-cut oats have a blood-sugar-lowering edge over old-fashioned or quick oats. It has to do with processing and size. Here’s the story…
Old-fashioned oats are the whole oats that have been steamed and rolled so they’re partially cooked. Partial cooking means quicker digestion and quicker delivery of sugar into your bloodstream. Quick oats go through the same process as old-fashioned, but they’re cut into very small pieces before rolling. So they deliver sugar to your bloodstream even faster.
But steel-cut oats are the whole oats just thinly sliced. No steaming. No rolling. So they are bigger uncooked pieces than their siblings. Bigger pieces means slower digestion and slower sugar delivery. Sweet.
Beta-glucan markedly enhances your immune response to bacterial infection. Not only does it help certain immune cells get to the infection site more quickly, but it also boosts their ability to wipe out the bacteria they find.
Who would have ever thought a mild-mannered Clark Kent bowl of steel-cut oats was actually Superman? And it tastes like pie! Can it get any better than this?
So, look, since steel-cut oats have such amazing super powers, we are looking for all the great recipes we can get. Please share them. You know other readers love them too. And if you don’t happen to have any recipes, try one of these, give it your own twist and report back.