The key to making this recipe is to use STEEL CUT OATS. If you use rolled oats you will have a giant burnt mess on your hands because they cook much more quickly.
Also, when you reheat the left over you will need to add some liquid such as milk, water, almond milk or whatever you prefer as it will be very sticky.
My notes on this recipe*Easy*Quick prep time*Filling. This sucker has 9 grams of fiber and 6 grams protein*Cook once and eat multiple days *Needs some form of sweetener (I added some Sweet Leaf Stevia but pure maple syrup, honey or agave would be delicious.)
*Only 4 Pts Plus on Weight Watchers
I feel I must issue AN OAT WARNING after inadvertently almost killing a co-worker she was so full.
***Please note that instant oats and steel cut oats are not the same thing. If you are used to eating instant oats you may want to eat only ½ a serving.
Even though there is only ¼ oats and less than 2 Tbsp dried fruit per serving in this recipe the nutritional difference is huge. Steel cut oats have a lot of fiber and protein to balance out the carbohydrates, so even though they have more calories and carbs they are lower on the glycemic index (42 vs. 92 for one minute oats!) and will not spike your insulin levels like instant.
(Nutrition Info from Calorie King)Breakfast Cereals, To Be Cooked: Oats, Rolled, regular or quick or instant, cooked, without salt: 1/4 cupCalories 37, Fat .6 g, Carbs 6.3 g, Fiber 1 g, Protein 1.5g
Bob's Red Mill's Breakfast Cereals, To Be Cooked: Organic, Oats, Steel Cut: 1/4 cupCalories 140, Fat 2.5, Carbs 27, Fiber 4, Protein 6
Overnight Oats FCC Style (You know I've gotta customize!)Only slightly altered from Eating Well's Overnight Oats Gluten, Dairy, Egg, Nut freeServes 8 1-cup servings**4 WW Pts Plus
(I used all organic ingredients)
2 cups Gluten Free Steel Cut Oats, I used Bob's Red Mill 8 cups water
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup dried apricots, chopped
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp maple extract
1/4 tsp salt
1. Pour all ingredients into slow cooker.
2. Set slow cooker to low for 7 to 8 hours.
Nutrition Info According to Eating Well Website
**4 Pts Plus
Per serving: 193 calories; 3 g fat (0 g sat, 1 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 34 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 6 g protein; 9 g fiber; 77 mg sodium; 195 mg potassium.
***Please note that when I state “allergy free” this is my attempt at gluten, egg, dairy, soy, peanut and cod fish free which are the allergies my daughter has. I am not a doctor or registered dietitian.