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Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal

Posted Jan 14 2009 8:43pm
I found this recipe online somewhere (on the message boards of 3 Fat Chicks) and modified it a bit for my tastes. I got up early on Saturday morning with a craving for oatmeal and did a quick search online to find this. The batch made 6 servings and I've been having it for breakfast the past few days. It's delicious!

EDITED: For you non-Betty Crocker types.... Steel cut oats is just oatmeal kernals before they are "rolled" and flattened into what we all recognize as regular old oatmeal. They have a nutty flavor and more texture than regular oatmeal and I'm quickly becoming addicted to it!

From Wikipedia: Steel-cut oats are whole grain groats (the inner portion of the oat kernel) which have been cut into only two or three pieces. They are golden in color and resemble small rice pieces. Steel-cut oats are also known as coarse-cut oats, pinhead oats, Scotch oats, or Irish oats. Scotch oats are a less coarse variation. Steel-cut oats have a lower glycemic index than instant oats, with the disadvantage that the prep time is longer; steel cut oats take about 13-14 minutes on the stove top.

I probably pay way too much for the Quaker Steel Cut Oats that I buy at the grocery store. I've heard you can get a really great deal if you buy in bulk from the health food store instead. In fact, I just saw on Amazon that you can buy 1lb of oats for $1.99.

Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal
1 cup steel cut oats
3.5 cups skim milk
1 apple -- peeled & diced
1/2 cup dried cran-cherries (use raisins if you prefer)
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons sugar free vanilla syrup (found in the coffee aisle)
1 teaspoon salt

Heat milk in saucepan on stove while you dice the apple. When milk is hot (not boiling) add all ingredients and heat until mixture just begins to boil. Pour into a baking dish. Cover and bake at 375 for about 30 minutes or until liquid is all absorbed.

I separated the entire batch into individual serving bowls and had enough for 6 WLS-sized servings. For normal-stomached-people, this would be about 4 servings.

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