The difference between rolled and steel cut oats is that while both contain whole grain oats, they are processed differently. Rolled oats are steamed, rolled, steamed again and toasted, ending up as thin flakes. Steel cut oats are made from oat kernels that have been chopped into thick pieces. What is healthier? We suggest you consult a nutritionist but generally consider the processing, sugar content and preservatives when purchasing oats.
Rolled Oats Recipe
Prep Time: 1 Min
Cook Time: 5 Mins
- 1 C rolled oats
- 2 C water
- Toppings of choice (fruit, nuts, seeds, jams, nut butters etc.)
- Combine oats and water in a pot over medium-low heat.
- Bring to a simmer, stirring frequently.
- Simmer and stir until the oats reach your desired texture and consistency about 7 minutes.
- Add toppings (as you can see we dropped it like Snoop in 2004.)
Steel-Cut Oats Recipe
Prep Time: 1 Min
Cook Time: 20-30 Mins
- 1 C steel-cut oats
- 3 C water
- Bring water to a boil in a saucepan, and stir in your oats.
- Reduce heat to a simmer and cook oats until soft, 20 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- If all the liquid has reduced before your oats are tender, stir in a bit more water or milk and continue to cook.
- 1 to 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 C rolled oats
- 1½ cups + 2 tablespoons water
- ½ cup plant milk (coconut, almond, soy etc.)
- Pinch of Himalayan sea salt
- Pinch of ground cinnamon (optional)
- Pinch of ground nutmeg (optional)
- Optional toppings: real Canadian maple syrup, walnuts, additional milk, fruits, hemp, flax or chia seeds etc.
- In a large skillet, melt the coconut oil over medium heat. Add the oats and toast over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until they start smelling fragrant and nutty, around 7 minutes.
- In a large, heavy bottomed pot, combine the milk, water, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Bring the mixture to a low boil over medium heat. Add the toasted oats and stir gently to combine, then cover the pot, turn off the heat, and allow to sit on the burner, untouched for 7 minutes.
- After 7 minutes, uncover and the oats should be ready to serve. The texture will be chewy, not creamy as with the basic water and oats method. To serve, top with real maple syrup. Add toasted almonds or walnuts and/or additional milk if desired. Leftovers can be kept refrigerated in a sealed container for up to 5 days.
With a bit of prep before bed these can be easier than opening a box of cereal in the morning! Oatmeal is bland, so use this to your advantage and pop in whatever flavours you are feeling and adjust the milk/oat ratio to get your preferred texture. We’ve tried, pumpkin/cinnamon, lemon/lavender, chocolate/peanut butter…go wild!
- 1 large ripe/spotty banana, mashed
- 2 tbsp hemp seeds
- 1/2 C rolled oats
- 3/4 C almond milk
- 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
- In a small bowl, mash the banana until almost smooth. Stir in the hemp seeds until combined.
- Get a container or appropriately sized jar. Poor in the oats, almond milk, banana and hemp mixture, and vanilla. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- In the morning, stir the oat mixture to combine and add toppings of your choice (we like fresh mango).