Unlike flaked oatmeal, steel-cut oats are made from the whole-grain groats of the oat kernel. This preserves more of the fiber and protein from the whole grain and gives the cooked cereal a pleasantly chewy texture, which is especially nice for those who aren’t big fans of the mush factor in regular oatmeal. There are few hot breakfasts that are heartier or healthier, and fewer still that are a better value than this organic brand from Bob’s Red Mill ($3 for a hefty 24-ounce sack). A quarter cup is enough to make a sizeable stick-to-your-ribs breakfast. Top a steaming bowl with nuts, fruit, a little drizzle of real maple syrup and a pat of organic butter, and you’ll feel like you’re being served breakfast in a five-star hotel – for about 85 cents.
Find them at your local natural grocery or order online at www.bobsredmill.com.