Oatmeal is one of my absolute favorite foods and I always opt for steel cut oats over rolled oats because they have far more health benefits. Steel cut oats are high in fiber so they help lower cholesterol and eating them regularly helps with weight loss. They also help keep your digestive system healthy and functioning properly. Another reason why I eat steel cut oats is because they are lower on the glycemic index. Eating a bowl of oats for breakfast helps give me energy all morning but without spiking my blood sugar levels. Other benefits include:
high in protein
good source of iron
more sustained energy source
Steel cut oats are less processed than rolled oats so they take longer to cook but you can also find quick cooking steel cut oats in the supermarket and they only take 3 minutes! My recipes use the slow cooking kind but it's always good to have the quick oats on hand just in case you are in a hurry. I like to add nuts, berries, and honey to my oats because it tastes amazing! But my favorite way to eat them is in this recipe. I sometimes close my eyes while I eat these because...OMG IT TASTES JUST LIKE THE REAL THING!!!
1 cup Steel cut oats
4 cups Protein Almond milk
2 Carrots, grated
1/2 cup Raisins
1 tsp Cinnamon
2-3 drops Pure Liquid Vanilla Stevia
1/4 cup Pecan halves
For the cream cheese frosting:
2 scoops Vanilla Protein Powder (I like Quest Protein best for protein frosting)
4 tbsp. Fat free cream cheese
1/4 cup Protein Almond Milk
In a large pot, combine oats, almond milk, carrots, cinnamon, and liquid vanilla stevia.
Heat over medium high heat until boiling. Cover, then turn heat down to low and simmer for 25 minutes.
When liquid is gone, turn off heat and mix in chopped nuts and raisins.
To make the frosting, combine cream cheese, protein powder, and remaining 1/4 cup almond milk in a small mixing bowl.
Portion oats into 4 bowls and spoon cream cheese frosting over top. Enjoy!