Old-fashioned rolled oats. Don’t even get us started! They are one of our favorite ingredients. You can do so much with them! As we type this, we’re snacking on greek yogurt with homemade granola made from old-fashioned oats. So delicious and so good for you. They are full of fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
There may not be a better way to start your day than with a bowl of warm, comforting oatmeal! We like to use Quaker old-fashioned oats for a few reasons. They are minimally processed so they retain their nutrition, but still cook up quickly. And the hearty texture leaves you feeling full and satisfied, so you don’t have to reach for a sugary snack an hour later. Are you sold?! We are….Bob Harper would be proud!
Here’s how you get started:
You can choose to cook them on the stove, which we highly recommend when you need to feed the whole family. (Our kids love making smiley faces out of blueberries or raisins and sprinkling on their own cinnamon!) Or you can have a single bowl ready in just a couple minutes in the microwave. Not bad huh?
Stove Top Oatmeal
Prep Time: 15 minutes
3 1/2 cups water
1/4 teaspoon salt, optional
2 cups old-fashioned oats
In a medium saucepan, bring the water and salt to a boil. Stir in the oats, reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, uncovered, for 5 minutes.
When the oats are cooked remove pan from the flame and stir in your choice of spices and sweeteners and place the oatmeal in serving bowls. Top with your mix-ins.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1 cup water
pinch of salt (optional)
Place all oats, water and salt (if using) in a big microwaveable bowl. (Trust us when we say big. It will overflow if you use a regular bowl. You don’t want to be cleaning the microwave when you’re ready to eat your breakfast!) Microwave on high for 2-3 minutes, depending on how you like the texture of your oatmeal, stirring after each minute. Stir in your choice of spices and sweeteners and place the oatmeal in a serving bowl. Top with your mix-ins.
One of our favorite things about using old-fashioned oats (either on the stove or in the microwave) is that we get to start with a blank canvas. We can add whatever we want to them and control the quality and nutrition of the ingredients. We usually include three main components in our oatmeal.
1. Spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla)
2. Sweetners (honey, agave, brown sugar, fruit preserves, maple syrup)
3. Mix-Ins (dried fruit, fresh fruit, chocolate chips, nuts, milk, yogurt)
The possibilities really are endless! You can try to recreate your favorite instant oatmeal (maple brown sugar, banana nut, strawberries and cream) or come up with a new flavor. Here are some of our favorites:
1. Vanilla Spice (vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar, pecans, raisins, splash of milk)
2. Honey Berry (cinnamon, honey, blueberries, splash of milk)
3. Banana Chocolate Chip (vanilla, cinnamon, banana, mini chocolate chips, splash of milk)
For a healthier late night snack, think outside the box and play off of the flavors of your favorite treats, like chocolate chip cookies (stay tuned for that recipe from us!).
Are you a fan of oatmeal? What’s your favorite way to eat it? Let us know!