OATMEAL

Come to the oat side with me.

 

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Whole grains. 

Fiber. 

Heart health. 

Regularity (you know what I mean). 

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This past weekend Greg was asking for oatmeal advice. Which oats do you use? Do you use milk or water? I have years of oatmeal experience so I’m here to share it.  

Type of oats

Quick oats are the best for microwaving when you’re on the run or need something ASAP. These definitely taste the best with milk. I do a 1:1:1 ratio. For example if I use ⅓ cup oats then I use ⅓ cup milk and ⅓ cup water. 

Rolled oats are my favorite because they’re chewy and you still get a heaping bowl of oatmeal. These can be made with water since they’re still chewy or milk. I tend to heat water while I’m getting ready in the morning and add it to the oats right before I leave. By the time I get to work the oatmeal is cooked! If I’m making with milk I cook them on the stovetop because it will take forever in the microwave and you have to watch it to prevent spilling over.  If you’re doing the former method add a little less liquid because it won’t absorb it all!

Steel cut oats are the chewiest and take the longest to cook. They are delicious but if you have a big appetite like myself and prefer quantity over quality these may not be for you because a serving is about half as much as quick or rolled. Then again you create your own servings! It’s just a guideline after all.  

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Method

Microwave if you’re using quick oats. It’s fast and easy.  

Stovetop if you’re using rolled oats or steel cut oats. 

Crock pot or Instant pot if you’re lazy and want steel cut oats or rolled oats. 

Lazy heat (aka boil water and let it sit) with rolled oats. 

Overnight oats. 

Baked oats.  

All the freaking oats. 

 

Mix Ins

I prefer peanut butter or almond butter for staying power. Sometimes I add in cinnamon or hot cocoa powder for flavor. Usually enjoyed with fruit on the side. 

Weekends I may cook it on the stovetop and slice in a banana if I have it and let it cook together. Then I mix in peanut butter and maple syrup.  

Mother options:

  • peanut butter and jam
  • raisins and cinnamon
  • brown sugar
  • pumpkin pie filling   
  • Coffee creamer (I use a splash if I don’t have milk and only have quick oats) 

The possibilities are endless! Yet another reason to love oatmeal.