Incorporating oats into your diet may help lower blood pressure and reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes. These steel-cut oats are combined with shredded carrots and snipped apricots and flavored with cinnamon, allspice and ginger. Steel-cut oats take a bit longer to cook, so make them ahead and reheat before serving.
Tip: If using a sugar substitute, we recommend Splenda(R) Brown Sugar Blend. Follow package directions 1/2 cup equivalent. Do not use sugar substitute when oatmeal will be stored in the freezer. Nutrition Per Serving with Substitute: Same as below, except 213 cal, 29 g carbs, (10 g sugars).
To make ahead: Prepare as directed through Step 2. Let stand, covered, 20 minutes. If needed, stir in additional milk, 1/4 cup at a time, to reach desired consistency. Transfer to a large bowl. Cover and chill up to 5 days. To reheat individual servings, spoon 1/2 cup oatmeal into a cereal bowl; cover loosely with plastic wrap. Microwave on medium 1 1/2 to 2 minutes or until heated through, stirring once. Sprinkle with about 1 1/2 tablespoon of the pecans.
To freeze: To freeze, prepare as directed through Step 2. Let stand, covered, 20 minutes. If needed, stir in additional milk, 1/4 cup at a time, to reach desired consistency. Spoon into lightly greased 2 1/2-inch muffin cups, using 1/4 cup oatmeal for each cup; smooth tops. Cover and freeze 4 to 6 hours or until firm. Transfer frozen oatmeal cups to a plastic freezer bag; seal and place in an airtight container. Freeze up to 3 months. To reheat individual servings, place two frozen oatmeal cups in a cereal bowl; cover loosely with plastic wrap. Microwave on medium 2 minutes. Break up oatmeal. Microwave 2 minutes more; stir. Microwave 1 to 2 minutes more or until heated through. Sprinkle with about 1 1/2 tablespoon of the pecans.
231 calories; protein 6.1g; carbohydrates 34.6g; dietary fiber 4.3g; sugars 16g; fat 9.4g; saturated fat 1g; cholesterol 0.7mg; vitamin a iu 2279.8IU; vitamin c 0.9mg; folate 7.1mcg; calcium 85.3mg; iron 1.6mg; magnesium 22.2mg; potassium 211mg; sodium 146mg.