A Slight Break From Tradition – Oatmeal

Traditional Scottish porridge is made with steel-cut oats, water and salt. Nowadays porridge is made using a variety of oats including rolled oats, quick oats, and instant oats. The less processed the oats are, the lower the GI of the oatmeal is.

Therefore, while it may take longer to cook, oatmeal made from steel-cut oats is the healthiest choice. By breaking from tradition with added ginger, fruit, and nuts, we create a far more interesting and delicious meal with numerous health attributes in addition to those from oats alone. This dish can be made in the slow cooker and cooked overnight.

Serves 4

1 cup steel-cut oats
6 cups water
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
1 green apple cut into rough chunks
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup low-fat milk
2 tablespoons walnuts
1 tablespoon pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
6 dried apricots, finely chopped


1. Soak the oats in water overnight.
2. Drain thoroughly and place the oats in a pan with the water, ginger, apple, and sea salt.
3. Bring to the boil and then reduce the heat to simmer for 50 minutes, stirring occasionally until most of the water has absorbed and the grain is soft.
4. Add the low fat milk, nuts, seeds and apricots and stir through.

Tip: Delicious served with fresh fruit and a tablespoon of honey and soy or low fat milk or yogurt