Ah, oatmeal. You either love it or you hate it. My goal today is to show you why you should love it. Oatmeal has an endless list of positive things about it. Not only is it a brilliant way to start your day, it is nutritious and healthy! Oats contain both soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fibers form a viscous gel that helps to lower cholesterol and stabilize blood glucose levels.
It wouldn’t be correct to say that you can’t go wrong with oatmeal because you can – and many people ( myself in the past included ) do!
Proper oatmeal is made on the stove and not in the microwave. It has toppings and spices and is delicious! You can make overnight oats or eat them fresh from the stove! I love to make overnight oats as I feel that they soak up the liquid better that way. I make them the night before and then add any fresh toppings like fruit in the morning.
The ratios here are important. You need for every 1 part oats 2 parts liquid. I usually do 1 part liquid and 1/2 part oats as I dont like to eat that much oatmeal in the morning. If you want dìffrent consistencies and textures then you can alter the ratios – but the one I use is tasty and I like it. I also do half water half almond milk for my liquids because it’s not to heavy (filling and thick) then.
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1/2 cup oats
- Dry ingredients like spices ( cinnamon, raisons, nuts etc. )
- Add the water and almond milk to saucepan on medium heat. I use the same saucepan that I would have just used to make my hot cocoa. ( previous recipe )
- Add oats and spices to liquid.
- Also add raisons and nuts if you like now.
- KEEP STIRRING. Don’t stop stirring! You want the mixture to become thick and creamy. Thick and creamy!
- When the mixture is thick and creamy you can turn off heat and either cover with a plate so you can eat it the morning or eat it right away!
- When you want to eat your oatmeal you need to prepare your toppings. Fruit, berries, sauces, butters ( peanut, almond etc. Not dairy butter! ), really anything you can think of!
Some nice combinations:
- Peanut butter and banana
- Tropical fruits
- Strawberries, blueberries and raspberries
- Raisons and cinnamon
- Pumpkin spice
- Caramel and apple
- Peaches / nectarines
The possibilities are endless! Enjoy!