Overnight Apple Pie Steel Cut Oatmeal

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Overnight Apple Pie Steel Cut Oats are a hearty and filling breakfast, perfect to keep you going all morning long. I prefer them for my diabetic husband over rolled oats, and by adding in a dash of cinnamon as well, they keep his blood sugars nice and steady all morning long!

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With just a little bit of prep the night before and a few minutes in the morning, you can have a batch ready for your family. Actually, I make this in large batches and store in the fridge, and then just reheat, and add in my toppings, and a dash of creamy milk or soy milk, and it is ready to go! Steel cut oats just hold up way better than rolled oats!

Q; What is the difference between rolled oats and steel cut oats? 
A: It's the amount of processing. Rolled Oats are precooked by steam, rolled, then steamed again and toasted. Steel Cut Oats are just coarsley chopped. so they have a lower glycemic index.

Q: What does glycemic index mean?
A: A measurement that predicts how much a person's blood sugar will spike after eating the food.

There is a great graphic to answer some nutritional questions about rolled vs. steel cut from prevention.com.

So for my diabetic husband, who needs to avoid blood sugar spikes, steel cut oats are a better choice than rolled oats. So, when I can, I make big batches of this recipe, and store in the fridge. Then he just scoops out a serving, reheats it in the microwave, tops it with some cinnamon, and some nuts, and a dash of milk, and he is ready to go.

Jan's Tip: You can use fresh apples and peel and chop them in the morning and cook them down with the oats if you make this as a fresh batch in the morning. I just rarely have time, so I use a can of sugar fee apple pie filling and cut up the apples and stir it in at the end of cooking, to make things easier and faster. Feel free to play around with it, I prefer honey crisp apples if you are going to use fresh!

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I'm using their steel cut oats today, but they also produce traditional rolled oat flakes too!

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Overnight Apple Pie Steel Cut Oatmeal
A hearty and filling breakfast from healthy steel cut oats that will keep you going all morning long, but without the long cook time.
  • 1 cup Steel Cut Oats
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup Milk (regular, soy, or almond)
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Rodelle Brand Vanilla
  • 1 (16 oz) can Apple Pie Filling (I use sugar free) Chop apples to bite sized pieces
  • 2 Tablespoons any sweetener of your choice; Sugar, sugar substitute that measures as sugar, honey, maple syrup, or if your sweetener measures differently than sugar, use to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon for each serving Optional toppings: chopped walnuts or pecans, cinnamon chips, dried cranberries
In a medium pot, add steel cut oats and water.Bring to a boil and let simmer for 2 minutes.Remove from heat and cover with lid and let sit overnight.In the morning, add milk, your choice of sweetener, and cinnamon. Stir to combine.Cook over medium heat stirring occasionally, until warmed through and thickened to desired thickness, anywhere from 5-10 minutes. stir in apple pie filling. Remove from heat.Pour into serving bowls and top with optional toppings such as chopped nuts, cinnamon chips ,or dried cranberries.
Yield: 4 servings

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