Groats are the whole oat kernel that hasn’t been cut or flattened in any way. Steel-cut oats, also known as Irish or Scottish oatmeal, are whole oat groats cut into smaller pieces. These are the most nutritious versions of the grain. They are flavorful and nicely chewy and can be eaten with your favorite finish – milk or a non-dairy alternative, sugar or honey, raisins, chopped bananas, toasted nuts or seeds – almost anything that strikes your fancy will work.
- Small (2 to 31⁄2 quart) slow cooker, lightly greased
- 1 cup oat groats or steel-cut oats 250 mL
- 1⁄2 tsp salt 2 mL
- 4 cups water 1 L
- 1. In slow cooker stoneware, combine oats, salt and water. Cover and cook on Low for 8 hours or overnight, or on High for 4 hours. Stir well before serving.
- If you are halving this recipe, be sure to use a small (11⁄2 to 2 quart) slow cooker.
- If you have problems with gluten and have been told to avoid oats, look for gluten-free steel-cut oats, which are now available.
- Refrigerate any leftovers.