Oh So Good Steel Cut Oats


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My Morning Game Changer

I’ve tried to like regular “rolled oat” oatmeal over the years, but I never really developed a taste for it.  So I was a bit skeptical when I was advised to try “steel cut” oats instead.  And I have to say, I am so glad I did!  Steel cut oats have been a total game changer for my mornings – and very Fab & Fru to boot.

No More Mush

Steel cut oats are oats which have been chopped into pieces.  They look like little nuggets, and they come out heartier, nuttier and chewier than regular oatmeal. (Regular oatmeal, or “rolled oats” are oats that have been steamed and then rolled into those flat flakes we commonly see.)

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Besides having a fabulous taste, steel cut oats are also frugal.  We love Bob’s Red Mill Steel Cut Oats (you can buy cheaper ones but we love the taste of Bob’s).  Our local Whole Foods carries Bob’s oats for $3.30 per 24 ounce bag.  At 15 servings per bag that’s just 22 cents per serving! Plus, since you make them with water, you will also save money on all that milk you pour into cold cereal (I only use a splash with my oats).

In addition to being packed full of nutrients, oats are a blank canvas which you can dress up any way you like.  I’m done buying several different types of cereal to please everyone – now we each add our own individual toppings to steel cut oats and we’re all happy. (My favorite is a little almond milk, bananas, walnuts and cinnamon.)

Prep Ahead

These oats are not the quick cooking version – they are the real deal and I cook ours for 20 minutes. So I prep a big batch on Sunday and keep in the fridge for the week. It re-heats in the microwave like a charm and then you can add whatever you like to it.  There are also great savory recipes for steel cut oats so you can use them for dinners too, making them doubly Fab & Fru.

Have some great oat recipes? We want to hear them! Send your favorites to comments@fabandfru.com. Enjoy!

 

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