Oatmeal Recipes - How To Make Oatmeal
Easy healthy breakfast recipe, basic oatmeal and enhanced oatmeal
It's well known that oats are high in fiber, but oatmeal is also quick cooking, nutritious, satisfying, versatile, and delicious!
The variation on our Enhanced Oatmeal Recipe pictured left has apple chunks, dried blueberries, chopped almonds, cinnamon, hemp milk and ground flax or chia seed.
Total Prep and Cook Time: 20 minutes
4 Servings (4 cups), 31 g per serving
Nutrition Data Per Serving: 108 calories, 1g fat, 3g protein, 148mg sodium, 6g sugars, 22g carbohydrates, 3g fiber, 6% DV iron, low in saturated fat & cholesterol, good source Manganese. Estimated glycemic load 13.
- 1 cup rolled oats (take longer to cook)
- 3 - 4 cups cold water (more if you like it creamy, less if you like it thick)
- 1/4 t salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 4 Tbsp raisins
- Add all ingredients to a 2 quart saucepan
- Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally
- Turn down to simmer
- Cook until thick and creamy, about 10 minutes, stirring a few times
- For non-creamy oatmeal, boil the water first, then add the oats
- For single servings, use 1/4 cup oatmeal and 1/2 - 1 cup water
Enhanced Oatmeal Recipe:
We know oatmeal is good for us, and an ideal breakfast for growing children, but some of us are reluctant to eat it, because of Bad Oatmeal Experiences in the past.
The special breakfast ideas in this enhanced oatmeal recipe may persuade you to give oatmeal another chance.
These enhancements take a little more time, but are worth it for the increased protein, texture and flavor.
- Use old fashioned rolled oats or steel cut oats, increase the water by 1/2 cup, and increase the cooking time by 5 - 10 minutes
- Increase the water or reduce the oatmeal to accommodate the dried fruit, seeds, nuts, etc
- Add 1 Tbsp veggie spread, vegetable oil, butter or ghee, if you want more calories and a creamier mixture
- Replace part of the oats with other kinds of grain flakes, like barley or rye. Again, increase the cooking time and water if necessary
- Add diced apple, dried blueberries or cranberries, chopped dried figs, apricots or dates instead of or in addition to raisins
- Add 1 Tbsp sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds, or 2 Tbsp chopped nuts, or all of the above!
- Add 1 tsp of vanilla extract
- Mix in 1 Tbsp ground chia seeds or flax meal to boost the omega 3 and protein
Oatmeal Time Saver Tips:
- These tips work best with old fashioned rolled oats or steel cut oats.
- Bring everything except the salt to a boil, cover and let sit for an hour or two while you go do something else. Your oatmeal will just need heating, salting and sweetening when you get back to it.
- Do all of the above the night before, then stick the pot in the fridge for reheating in the morning.
- The same, but put it in a pre-heated food thermos. In the morning, just add milk etc and eat.
- Put everything in a crockpot, add boiling water, set on Keep Warm, come back and eat in the morning.
- Make double what you need for one day, and save the rest to reheat for tomorrow.
If you or your kids still balk at eating oatmeal, in spite of the many benefits, don't despair!
Rolled oats or quick oats are wonderful in anything baked - like oatmeal date nut muffins, or oatmeal cookie recipes! Or in a topping for apple crisp. You don't hear the oatmeal haters complaining about that! We even add oatmeal to tofu burgers!
Eat oatmeal with brown sugar, maple syrup, stevia or agave nectar, with dairy, soy or hemp milk - plain or flavored - or nothing at all! Actually I enjoy it cooked with almond milk & raisins, then sprinkled with dulse flakes. That might seem weird, but it's how I get my iodine.