Overnight oats, baked oatmeal, egg muffins, chia seed pudding, and shakshuka are some of my favorite healthy breakfast dishes. But don't forget about the modest cup of porridge! While this nutritious food may appear to be a no-brainer, many people are on the lookout for the perfect recipe that yields a rich, creamy, and fluffy pot of oats. Finally, your quest is over because I'll teach you how to make the greatest cup of oatmeal in no time!
POPULAR TYPES OF OATMEAL
The texture of oatmeal varies depending on the type of oats purchased. These are three prominent types:
- Steel-cut oats are entire oat groats sliced into bits like little rice grains. They keep their form well after cooking, resulting in a chewy and creamy porridge-like texture. But, the cooking time is very lengthy - around 30 minutes.
- Old Fashioned Rolled Oats are steamed before being rolled flat, allowing them to cook faster while maintaining a pleasantly creamy and hearty texture.
- Fast Cooking Oats are the most processed oats, having been pre-cooked, dried, rolled, and pressed. Their disadvantage? They tend to make mushier oatmeal.
INGREDIENTS FOR THE BEST OATMEAL RECIPE
The ideal dish of oatmeal requires just three ingredients.
- Rolled Oats
- Water or Milk
HOW TO MAKE OATMEAL LIKE A PRO
Simply keep in mind the 1:2 ratio. Double the quantity of liquid for every serving of oats. For a single serving of ½ cup of oats, you'll need 1 cup of liquid.
ON THE STOVE
It's simple to prepare great oatmeal on the stove, whether you're making a single serving or ten for a party. Here's how it works:
- Bring water to a boil. Bring the water or milk and salt to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat.
- Prepare the oats. Reduce the heat to medium-low after stirring in the oats. Let it boil for 5 minutes, stirring regularly, to allow the liquid to soak.
- Serve with the toppings. Enjoy with tasty toppings and a sprinkle of milk if desired.
IN THE MICROWAVE
This strategy works well for tiny or individual servings. Here's how it works:
In a mixing dish, combine the water or milk, oats, and salt. Stir it up quickly.
Microwave the bowl (uncovered) for 1 ½ to 2 minutes on high. Because the oats will begin to bubble, it is preferable to use a bigger bowl.
Top with delectable toppings, such as milk, maple syrup, or other sweeteners, and serve.
MAKE YOUR OATMEAL TASTE AMAZING
Maple syrup, spices, fresh fruit, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, and nut butter are all popular toppings. They are delicious sweet toppings, but don't forget that oatmeal may also be salty! Consider oatmeal to be similar to toast (they are both made from grains, after all). So everything you would put on toast, you can put on oatmeal!
HOW TO STORE LEFTOVER COOKED OATMEAL
Let the oats cool before storing them in a covered jar in the fridge for 3 to 5 days.
If you want to keep it for a longer period of time, simply place it in the freezer. It will last for several months.
To reheat, add a splash of water or milk to bring back the creaminess and microwave for 45 seconds (if previously thawed in the fridge). Stir it, then return it to the microwave for another minute, or until it reaches the required temperature.
EASY OATMEAL RECIPE (WITH HEALTHY TOPPINGS)
- ½ cup rolled oats
- 1 cup water, milk, or non-dairy milk
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- In a small saucepan, bring the water or milk and salt to a boil over medium-high heat. Once boiling, stir in the oats and reduce the heat to medium-low. Let the oatmeal simmer for 5 minutes or until it reaches your desired consistency. Make sure to stir occasionally.
- Remove the pan from the heat, cover with a lid, then let it rest for a few minutes. This will give the oats time to absorb the liquid. If they look too dry, stir in a splash more liquid.
- Top your oatmeal with your favorite ingredients then serve!