Oh oats, how I love thee. Soaked, blended, bubbled.
And now, cracked.
Have you ever heard of Coach’s Oats? Coach emailed me to say that as the Dutchess of Oats I had to at least try every kind of oat out there. I’ve had steel cut before – not a huge fan. They just don’t cream and fluff up like I like and the cooking time is just not worth the wait! I like Scottish [ground steel cut] and old fashioned rolled oats the best. Definitely not a fan of instant!
Coach’s Oats are steel cut that have been cracked and toasted, which means they cook in 5 minutes instead of 25. [Note they are also microwavable too, but I would only use them that way on vacation due to my affinity for mix-ins and stirring.] They were invented by Lynn Rogers in 1992, who was the women’s gymnastics coach at California State University-Fullerton.
Note the differences from the Coach’s Oats website
Turns out, they are great! They creamed, fluffed AND had the chewy grain bits that folks love about steel cut.
I made them KERF-style – putting 1/3 cup oats (1 serving = 160 calories like steel cut) and equal parts water and milk in a pot set to medium heat. I added a pinch of salt, cinnamon, half a banana and 1 tbsp chia seeds and stirred until thick. They came together in 2 minutes! I stirred in some lovely blackberries and topped with dripped Smucker’s and a blob of Naturally Nutty.
Very very delicious!! The only con: I love the big ole bag, but I wish these came in bulk bins so they were even more accessible. At roughly $3 a pound for the 48 ounce bags, they’re also about 3x as expensive as rolled oats. [Although I think they are at Costco now? Which we don’t have here in Cville] But Coach, you have a new athlete on your team : )
Served with some gourmet cool coffee!
I’m all lubed up in sunscreen and ready to get my walk on! Taking a copy of BH&G with me for entertainment!