Good Day,
Sometimes, I get on a tear and I research and experiment with one thing. I have been looking at oatmeal-what the different kinds are and  when to use them, what the nutritional value is and what people are doing about eating more oats. Look below for part of the answer.

The types and nutritional value are:…

Steel cut oats Old-fashioned oats Quick oats
Description Also called Irish or Scotch oats, these are cut, not rolled. They look like chopped up rice, take the longest to cook, and have a slightly chewy consistency. Sometimes called rolled oats, these look like flat little ovals. When processing these oats, the kernels are steamed first, and then rolled to flatten them. They take longer to cook than quick oats, but are quicker than steel cut oats. Also called instant oats, these oats are pre-cooked, dried, and then rolled. They cook in a few minutes when added to hot water, and have a mushy texture.

Want to know how they compare nutritionally? Then keep reading.
The nutritional info is based on a 1/4 cup of uncooked grain.


Steel cut oats Old-fashioned oats Quick oats
Calories 150 75 78
Total Fat 2.5 g 1.5 g 1.3 g
Saturated Fat .5 g .3 g .2 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0 mg 0 mg
Sodium 0 mg 0 mg 0 mg
Carbs 27 g 13.5 g 13.6 g
Fiber 4 g 2 g 2 g
Sugars .5 g .5 g .3 g
Protein 5 g 2.5 g 3.3 g
Calcium 20 mg 0 mg 10.5 mg



Oatmeal can be used in a myriad of ways-breakfast food, binder for soft mixtures like veggie pate and desserts, such as cookies and fruit crisps.
I can remember having porridge(oatmeal) as a child,
and thinking that it was pretty good. I liked it with brown sugar and raisins-no cow’s milk. I did not like the taste of cow’s milk. Never mind that my brothers(bless their hearts) told me that my toes would turn black and fall off if I didn’t drink cow’s milk. Even they, as young boys, believed the nonsensical marketing surrounding the now disproven health benefits of drinking the milk of another species.
Anyway, I am here to tell you that my toes did not turn black and fall off and that I never learned to enjoy cow’s milk. Thank goodness for that, for both me and the cows. 
I usually keep rolled and quick oats in my food cupboard. I like to use the rolled for making porridge and the quick for baking.
So, when I first started trying out some of the great new recipes out there for baked oatmeal in a muffin cup, I used rolled oats, because after all, baked oatmeal is sort of like a kind of porridge. The result was very tasty, but the cups would fall apart a bit more than I liked. Especially if , as advertised, these cups make portable breakfasts and snacks.


So, after this first attempt(check the above link), I decided to try again using quick oats this time. Bingo! I was rewarded with a softer and stay- better- together baked oatmeal. I used a different, but very similar recipe from the same website:

Gingerbread Baked Oatmeal

You may do as you wish, but from now on, I plan to use quick oats in my baked oatmeal, unless of course I have run out and don’t feel like running oat (out-LOL) to pick some up.
 But, I am not done yet expounding on glorious oats and all the new recipes out there. What about Overnight Oats using Steel Cut Oats?
Overnight Oats are basically raw oatmeal with a liquid, some sweetener, and extras like nuts, fruit, spices, seeds, and flavorings put in a mason jar or other glass container and left in the fridge overnite for a yummy breakfast the next morning.
Oats, chai seeds and almond milk
Add some spices and essences and….
dried fruit for natural sweetness
                                                  Overnight Chai Steel-Cut Oats
Try this recipe because it is so delicious, but I would make these adjustments if I were you:
Decrease the oats and chai seed by half.
Add some(1/2 cup) raisins for sweetness.
Why, do I suggest this? Simply put, there is just not enough liquid. In a couple of hours, I ended up with a very thick mixture.

I added an extra cup of milk.

The raisins add a bit of sweetness and a soft texture to add interest to the  steel cut oats.
And how do I like to serve them? Why like the Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme, I say.
Pease Porridge Hot,
                                                                          Pease Porridge Cold,
                                                                          Pease Porridge in the pot,
                                                                          Nine days old,
                                                                           Some like it hot,
                                                                           Some like it cold,
                                                                           Some like it in the pot,
                                                                           Nine days old.
I like mine piping hot, with a few chopped nuts on top and some nut or soy milk poured over the top. I don’t like it nine days old, but I am told that Overnight Oats will keep in the fridge for  up to a week. That is, if they last that long.
Recipes using oats are a great idea, because they can be cruelty free, they are inexpensive, nutritious, quick and versatile and now, even portable for busy folk. Give them a whirl! I think that you will be pleased with the result!!
Until next time,
May all beings be happy and free!
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