Monday, January 20, 2014

Recipe: Oatmeal Three Ways

One of my favorite breakfast foods is oatmeal. As a kid, I used to eat the instant packets, but they pale in comparison to "real" oatmeal - steel-cut or rolled oats. Read on for some of my favorite ways to eat oatmeal! Click the "Print Friendly" button below for a printable or PDF version.

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Basic Instructions:
  • For rolled oats, add oats and water (or milk) to a pot in a 1:2 ratio. For example, use 1 cup of oats and 2 cups of water. Replace any portion of the water with milk for a creamier texture. Cook on medium low heat, stirring frequently, until the oatmeal reaches desired frequency (about 5-10 minutes).
  • For steel-cut oats, uses a 1:3 ratio. For example, boils 3 cups of water, and add 1 cup of oats when boiling. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the oatmeal reaches desired frequency.
Three topping ideas:
Recipes are per one cup of prepared oats.
  • Blueberry/walnut: 1/4 cup fresh blueberries, 2 tbsp chopped walnuts, 2 tbsp almond milk, 1 tsp vanilla, and a sprinkling of flaxseeds.
  • Cinnamon/raisin: 2 tbsp raisins, 1 tsp cinnamon, 2 tbsp almond milk.
  • Cranberry/Orange: 2 tbsp dried cranberries, 1 tbsp orange juice, and a sprinkling of flaxseeds.
  • For a high-protein variation, swap the oats for cooked quinoa. You can also add peanut or almond butter to cooked oats.
  • Consider adding frozen fruit or dried fruit with oats (to the pot) to achieve better texture.
  • If you are gluten-sensitive, look for gluten-free oats.
  • For oatmeal on the go, consider this recipe.
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