Fruited Steel-cut Oatmeal
Fruited Steel-cut Oatmeal
Some of you may not realize there are different kinds of oats.
|Steel Cut Oats
If you cut groats into two or three pieces with a sharp metal blade, you get steel cut oats. They cook quicker than oat groats, because water can more easily penetrate the smaller pieces. Steel cut oats are also sometimes called Irish oatmeal.
Instead of cutting oats with a steel blade, the Scots traditionally stone-grind them, creating broken bits of varying sizes, which some say results in a creamier porridge than steel-cutting.
|Rolled Oats – regular (old fashioned)
Rolled oats (sometimes called old fashioned oats) are created when oat groats are steamed and then rolled into flakes. This process stabilizes the healthy oils in the oats, so they stay fresh longer, and helps the oats cook faster, by creating a greater surface area.
|Rolled Oats – quick or instant
If you roll the oat flakes thinner, and/or steam them longer, you create quick oats and ultimately instant oats. The nutrition stays the same (these are all whole grains) but the texture changes – a plus for some people and a drawback for others. The good thing about having so many choices is that everyone can get exactly the taste they like best!
Oat flour is a whole grain flour that can be used in baking, or for thickening soups and stews.
Here’s all you need to do. In a 3-1/2 or 4-quart slow cooker combine water, steel-cut oatmeal, apple juice, cranberries, raisins, apricots, the ¼ cup maple syrup, cinnamon, and salt. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 6 to 7 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 to 3-1/2 hours. I like to serve the oatmeal with brown sugar or additional maple syrup, chopped nuts and milk or a dollop of Greek yogurt.
- 5 cups water
- 2 cups steel-cut oats
- 1 cup apple juice
- ¼ dried cranberries
- ¼ cup raisins
- ¼ cup snipped dried apricots
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- brown sugar or maple syrup
- chopped walnuts or pecans, toasted
- milk or Greek yogurt
- In a 3-1/2 or 4-quart slow cooker combine water, steel-cut oats, apple juice, cranberries, raisins, apricots, the ¼ cup maple syrup, cinnamon, and salt.
- Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 6 to 7 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 to 3-1/2 hours. Serve oatmeal with brown sugar or additional maple syrup, chopped nuts and milk or a dollop of Greek yogurt.
You know, I have never like hot oatmeal cereal, but this does look so delicious!!! 😀
I LOVE steel cut oats! I have wondered how to do this since I have to be to work by six. This would be perfect.
Looks absolutely delish!
Would it freeze?
I’ve never tried to freeze it. My guy will have a serving each day till it’s gone! Try it Tauna and see if it’s still good, then please let me know.
I have a can of Irish Oats in my pantry…getting the other ingredients and making this sooon.
How is the texture of the oats after cooking like this? It sounds delish and I love oatmeal…but I sorta like a crunch in it. 🙂
You will like Irish oats. The flavor of the cooked oats is described as being nuttier than other types of oats, and they are also chewier. They take longer to cook, making them idea for crockery cooking. They also have a higher glycemic index, making them perfect for those of us that have sugar issues. Give them a try, I think you’ll be pleased.
Sounds good! I haven’t made oatmeal in a while and have a couple apples to use up:@)
Looks like a wonderful dessert to me! What flavors. We are going to have to try this with the cold weather here!
I love oatmeal but have never tried Irish oats. Your oatmeal looks soooo good. How does this type of oat hold up in cookies?
Sounds is so delicious. Those arrangement is so perfect and that is one of the reason why it looks beautiful. My favorite is oatmeal but have never tried Irish oats.
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I honestly never new steel cut oats were also referred to as Irish oats! I love oatmeal during cold weather and love your fruity version.
What a wonderful oatmeal recipe. I didn’t know Irish oats were the same as Steel oats. Hope all is well in your world 🙂