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Perfect Steel Cut Oatmeal

This recipe for perfect steel cut oatmeal is very versatile and it can be used with other gluten free grains. It is a very well balanced meal that will provide energy till lunch and will keep blood glucose even. This recipe is appropriate even for pre-diabetes. Just remember to use 100% whole grain. Investigate other grains such as teff, amaranth, millet, buckwheat, quinoa, which are all gluten free, and always balance them with nuts and/or seeds.

The Super Powers of Steel Cut Oatmeal

Eating oatmeal has proven to be one of the best things that you can do for your health even though oatmeal doesn’t look spectacular. Steel cut oatmeal is a great, natural source of insoluble and soluble fiber.

With the intake of soluble fiber, you should be able to optimize LDL cholesterol levels and HDL cholesterol levels. At the same time, this fiber is known for its ability to slow down starch digestion. It is a good option for diabetes because the soluble fiber in it stabilizes blood sugar and prevents its spikes. Both insoluble fiber and phytochemicals in oatmeal help prevent and fight cancer. Initial scientific studies have confirmed that people who eat oatmeal regularly are protected better against heart disease.

Additionally,  oatmeal is rich in selenium, vitamin E, iron, zinc, copper, magnesium, and manganese, some of the key players needed for optimal health.

Steel cut oats vs rolled oats

The difference between steel cut and rolled oats is in the level of processing involved in the production, while the process does not distinguish between organic or not organic. Steel cut oats are whole groat cut into smaller pieces and are not flattened or steamed, so they are processed the least. They are perfect from Instant Pot and have a chewy texture. Since they are processed the least, they take longer to cook. The rolled oats are steamed and pressed (but not precooked like instant oats) and are the best for overnight oats. They are also called old-fashioned oats. Both kinds of oats have the same level of carbohydrates, protein, and fiber, fat, calcium, and iron. Overall, steel cut oats is the healthiest variety of oats with the lowest glycemic effect and highest health benefits. Make sure it is organic.

Gluten in oats

Just so that you know oat can contain gluten from contamination during the process of cutting or pressing, since it goes through the same machinery wheat does. However, you can get certified gluten free oats, which means that the oat was pressed or cut in a factory that had a designated cutting machine that only runs gluten free grains. There are companies like Bob’s Red Mill that specialize in separating the processing for gluten free grain in a gluten free facility. Apart from that, celiacs that are gluten free and react to gluten tree oats may do so due to a high risk of oatmeal being confused for gluten by the immune system. This can be tested.

Grinding your own cinnamon sticks

If you know me, I am a huge proponent of grinding your spices as you need them for the most flavor, freshness and medicinal value. Unfortunately, cinnamon sticks are very hard to grind unless you use dry Vitamix or a comparable blender. I have not been successful with a coffee grinder. If you have more luck than me, go for it. But I personally do use whole cinnamon sticks for some foods (e.g. tea, cooking rice) and I do buy organic cinnamon powder for dishes where I need the powder. I do not want to have to bite into a little piece of not-so-fine cinnamon powder I myself attempted to grind. Sometimes I am just as happy not being perfect in the kitchen.

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Perfect Steel Cut Oatmeal

Yield: Serves 2

Perfect Steel Cut Oatmeal

This is a very well balanced meal that will provide energy till lunch and will keep blood glucose even. This recipe is appropriate even for pre/diabetes. Just remember to use 100% whole grain. Investigate other grains such as teff, amaranth, millet, buckwheat, quinoa, which are ll gluten free, and always balance them with nuts and/or seeds.

Ingredients

  • 2¼ cups water
  • Dash Celtic sea salt
  • 1 cup steel cut or regular rolled oats*
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ cup or less raisins or 2 chopped dates (or add a little raw honey/maple syrup grade B)
  • ¼ cup chopped raw walnuts, almonds, or sunflower seeds
 (or nut butter)
  • (non-dairy) milk, unsweetened
  • ½ cup of blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, raspberries (use a variety)
  • 1 T raw organic flax or chia seeds, ground (optional)**
  • Optional: a handful of soaked goji berries

Instructions

  1. Combine the water and salt in a small saucepan and turn the heat to high. When the water boils, turn the heat to low, add oatmeal, and cook, stirring, until the water is just absorbed, about 5 minutes. Add cinnamon, raisins, stir, cover the pan and turn off heat. Serve with milk and sweetener and nuts and blueberries. Sprinkle flax seeds and whisk in.

Notes

* If you're not a fan of oats you could also substitute teff, millet, quinoa or amamarath. Make sure you adjust your cooking accordingly for a different grain.

** You can also drizzle with flax seed oil instead of sprinkling with flax or chia seeds.

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