Photo: Coach's Oats
After reading about steel cut oats on several blogs (mostly chez Sean), I decided that I had to try them out.
Steel cut oats are unrolled oats that are cut into 2-3 pieces. They are the least refined oats in the oat family and thus require much longer cooking time than the quick Quaker oats that many of us grew up on. Even after cooking for about 1/2 hour, the oats remained slightly crunchy, which I personally find extremely tasty. Some people describe them as having a nutty flavour--again, something I love. I cooked the oats with a handful of yellow raisins and found that sweetener was not at all necessary.
Nutritionist Leslie Beck has an excellent article on oats, including steel cut oats, here. She recommends a 1 to 4 ratio of oats to water, though I found that a 1 to 2.5 ratio worked just fine. I bought my oats at a bulk food store. They were in a plastic bag, so there was no brand name. I suppose if you buy them in a box, they'll come with cooking instructions for that particular brand. You'll also pay more, just for the name. I boiled the water first and then added it to the oats. You've got to stir fairly often, otherwise they will stick to the pot. If you're in a hurry in the morning, make your oats the night before and heat them up in the microwave. They'll be just as tasty.
Steel cut oats are a great source of dietary fibre and also have protein and calcium. They are low on the glycemic index too.
Here's the steel cut oats website. Amazing, there's a website for everything.