Instant vs Cooked vs Steel
As far as oats go they all come from the same grain, but here is the difference:
- Steel-cut oats = groats (the inner kernel with the inedible hull removed) of whole oats which have been chopped into two or three pieces., they are cut in a different direction giving them a different look; however, they are less processed and more “whole”.
- Rolled oats = oats that have been husked and crushed and rolled a bit thinner. This allows for quicker cooking than steel cut oats because they are thinner.
- Instant oatmeal = rolled oats that are thinned even further to allow for faster cooking yet.
So if they all come from the same source, why is there a difference?
- As the oats get thinner they become higher and higher on the glycemic index meaning they are digested faster and raise blood sugar faster.
- This faster absorption also makes instant oats less satisfying because they are digested so much faster. The higher blood sugar also leads to hunger.
- Instant oat packets are also usually loaded with added sugar, salt and artificial colorings. All of which make them less healthy.
- Rolled oats don’t take that much longer to cook. About 5-8 minutes compared to 2 minutes. Yes it’s different but not by much and when you consider the glycemic difference and difference in satisfaction it’s worth it. Good things come to those who wait right? 🙂
- Buying a larger container is also more cost effective plus you can add fresh or frozen berry’s and the sweetener of your choice making it a cleaner choice as well.
This recipe is the perfect way to get the “quick” morning breakfast without adding more time to your morning!
Cinnamon Apple Slow Cooker Oatmeal
Yield: 6-8 servings
- 2 large apples: remove core, peel and dice
- 1½ cups coconut milk
- 1½ cups water
- 1 cup steel cut oats** Don’t use regular-they cook too fast
- 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon unrefined coconut oil
- 2 teaspoon cinnamon (I use saigon cinnamon)
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- Coat slow cooker with cooking spray or use a bagged liner
- Combine all ingredients and stir to mix well
- Cook on low for 6-7 hours