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The Best Oats in Oat History

So recently, I somehow remembered the existent, yet uncommon, Oat Bran.

Usually when you hear “oats”, you think about the gross hot bowl of porridge-like ugliness, or maybe you just think of regular Quaker’s Old Fashion Oats, or maybe steel cut oats, or maybe instant oats, or groats, or Scottish oats, maybe quick oats? etc etc…The difference between the crazy amounts of oats is the amount of processing each one undergoes.

As said by Kristine Duncan, a registered dietician, “One of the most common reasons oats and other foods are processed in the first place is to reduce cooking time.  Oat groats take 60 minutes to cook while instant oatmeal is ready in 60 seconds.  Nutritionally speaking, all the options pictured are considered whole grains, but the closer you get to the groat end of the spectrum, the better (good advice for all areas of life, I think).  If you’re not ready to dedicate an hour to your breakfast cereal, aim for the other oat options that are minimally processed. We use the brown rice setting on our rice cooker to make groats in the evening (while we watch Mythbusters or Wipeout or something else educational), and we’ve a got healthy breakfast for the whole week that can be reheated in the same time it takes to make the instant stuff.”

She has a perfect point. Although I used Oat Bran, a relatively quicker cook-time type of oat, any one has good nutritional value, as long as you stay away from the pre-cooked instant oats. You know; the one that comes in measured packages that are already flavored with lots of sugar and additives. Here’s the “cheat sheet” she provided:

Oat groats: as whole grainy as you can get where oats are concerned. Unadulterated. Only the inedible hull has been removed. Cooks in 50-60 minutes.

Steel cut oats: also called Irish oats or pinhead oats, these are just groats that have been cut into smaller pieces to speed cooking. Cook in 10-20 minutes.

Scottish oatmeal: another version of groats that have been broken into bits, only these are stone ground instead of being cut. Cooks in 10 minutes.

Oat bran: a high-fiber part of the oat that’s been removed and can be eaten separately. Oat bran can be prepared as its own hot cereal or simply sprinkled on your favorite bowl of breakfast to boost the nutrient content of every bite. Cooks in 2 minutes.

Old fashioned oats: groats that are steamed and then pressed flat. Increasing the surface area this way and partially cooking them helps you get breakfast to your mouth faster. Cooks in 5 minutes.

Quick oats: like old-fashioned oats, except rolled thinner and steamed longer. Cook in 1 minute.

Instant oatmeal: like quick oats, except rolled even thinner and steamed even longer. Cooks in 1 minute.  (This is the only product on this list that has been processed in an additional way – it’s had stuff added to it before packaging.  In the case of the “original” or plain flavor, pictured here, salt, color, vitamins and minerals have been mixed with the oat flakes. The popular flavored packets have all that, plus added sugar, which bumps up the calories.)

Oat flour: pulverized groats that can be used in baking, etc. This is still considered a whole grain because nothing was removed before the oats were ground into flour.

 

If you would like to read the rest of this article for yourself, here’s the link to her page! : http://www.eatingrules.com/2012/10/types-of-oatmeal/  Just a little food for thought, and information I thought I would share with you 🙂

Anyway, so back to my oatmeal! Well, I wanted to make an overnight oat breakfast for the next morning, so I decided to some up with something fun!

What’s awesome about this too is that when you have overnight oats prepared the night before, let’s say you wake up late and you’re trying to rush as fast as you can out the door…now you have no excuse to stop at Dunkin Donuts, Tim Hortons, McDonalds, or wherever else, for breakfast, because you can just grab the oats, mix in whatever you want, and you are good to go!

And to top it off, I found this cute cup to use! Doesn’t get any better than that! ;D

 

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So here is what I used:

40 grams (1/2 cup) Oat Bran

1/3 cup greek yogurt (if you don’t like to use greek yogurt in your oat meal, just add a few egg whites for protein…they don’t change the flavor, I promise!)

2 cups unsweetened almond milk

1/3 cup blueberries

1/4 cup fiber one cereal (for added crispiness, because I love everything crispy)

1 tablespoon of Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter

4-8 drops clear liquid stevia

1 tsp cinnamon (optional)

 

Procedure:

1) The night before, mix your oat bran and 1 1/2 cup of almond milk together. Set in microwave for 1 minute. When done, stir, and set it inside for another minute. Repeat this procedure until it has reached a thick consistency. Keep an eye on it after the second time you set it in the microwave…it didn’t for me, but just in case it spills over.

(If you are not comfortable with using a microwave, you can set it on the stove over medium/low heat until it reaches the thicker consistency. Make sure to stir it every few minutes.)

2) When finished, place in refrigerator with aluminum foil on top to lock in the heat.

3) In the morning, mix in all your other ingredients– blueberries, milk, yogurt, fiber one, and dark chocolate peanut butter…and cinnamon. (I add cinnamon to just about everything if you haven’t noticed already.)

If you are using egg whites instead of yogurt, you may want to substitute that as the rest of your almond milk, well of course unless you want your oats to be liquidy. The oats will probably have a very thick consistency and need some loosening up, which is why I save the rest of the almond milk for the end, but I personally like mine on the thicker side, so the last 1/4 cup of almond milk with the yogurt definitely did the trick for me. But if you like your oats more liquidy, be my guest and add more almond milk! It’s all about you and your personal desires 🙂

Oh and one last thing! If you like your oats warm, then make sure you reheat the oats before you add the fiber one…otherwise you will loose the crunch! 🙂

Okay guys, I really hope you enjoy this one! I sure did…and I’m going to enjoy it some more for the rest of the week as I create new recipes using it! 😀

 

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