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Gluten Free Steel Cut Oats

Posted May 17 2010 4:50am
I have a friend that goes on and on about steel cut oats.  I think he is one of the people I know personally that just gets how into oats I am.  He informed us the other day that Bob's Red Mill came out with Gluten Free Steel Cut Oats .  I have to be honest, I have never really cared to try them before.  Sure, I was curious, but I like my regular or quick cooking oats...I know (gasp)!  When we saw this new product at our local health food store.  We figured, why not?  I ran out of my oats this morning, so I decided this was the perfect time to give the steel cut oats a try.

I could go on and on about the benefits of oats .  I am a huge advocate of starting your day off on the right food and oatmeal in any fashion is a great start to your day.  I have actually gotten the illustrator hooked on them.  Oats are really easy to prepare no matter what cut you choose.  I think the biggest reason I stayed away from the steel cut oats for so long is because I thought they would be hard to cook. They aren't!  I cooked these on the stove without even paying that much attention.  I did keep an eye on them, but really you don't need to babysit them.  I love that there are so many options for oats in the way of texture.  You have oat bran, steel cut oats, rolled oats, quick oats, instant oats, oat groats...I am sure there are more.  I have now tried all of these in different ways.  Oats are extremely versatile too!
I love baking cookies with them.  These are the illustrator's absolute favorite!
Oatbran pancakes with peanut sauce is like heaven on earth!
I have even used the groats for oatgurt !  This was an amazing treat!  It looks sinful, but it is so good for you!  
This morning though, it was apple pie oats for me!  I love putting fresh diced sweet apples (Fuji) on top of my oats.  The mix of warm, soft and creamy goes so well with the fresh, sweet, crispness of the apples.  I also opted for cinnamon to give this a real apple pie flavor.  So...what did I think, well...I loved it!  Really, it was so good.  The oats are definitely chewy.  They remind me of brown rice, but with my favorite oatmeal flavor!  I cooked it as directed and then added some unsweetened applesauce and cinnamon.  On the top went a few drops of vanilla NuNaturals stevia , diced apples and almond milk.  I will definitely be making this again soon!  I love Bob's Red Mill gluten free products.  Everything I have tried so far has been reliable and delicious!

Ok, now I have to know...do you like oats, what type is your favorite and how do you cook them?
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