The Secret to Making Perfect Oatmeal
I hated oatmeal when I was younger. Hated it. Fortunately, it wasn't a staple in our house, but the few times that I remember having it left a bad (think really, really "pasty") taste in my mouth. It wasn't until I got older and learned how ridiculously good oatmeal is for you that I started making it...and loving it.
Through lots of trial and error, I finally found that the secret to keeping it creamy is to double the recommended oat-to-liquid ratio and divide it equally between water and milk #ahamoment. For example, if the directions instruct you to use 1/2 cup oats and 1 cup liquid, use 2 cups (1 cup water; 1 cup milk) instead.
I prefer steel-cut oats, but since toddler boss can't yet digest them properly (if you know what I mean:-), these days I only use old-fashioned oats. The cook times are different, but the oat-to-liquid ratio is always the same. I don't add any sweeteners (although I do provide a suggestion below), but I do add fruit...blueberries are our fave...as shown:-).
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SERVINGS: 3-4 adult servings; up to 6 toddler servings
COOK TIME: 50 mins (make a big batch at night to save time in the mornings)
COOLING/SETTLING TIME: 10 mins
- 1 cup old-fashioned oats
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups vanilla almond milk
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2 teaspoons agave nectar (optional)
- fresh blueberries
1. Add oats, water, milk and cinnamon stick to a medium sauce pot.
2. Bring to a high boil and cook uncovered for 10-15 minutes. Optional: add agave nectar while cooking.
3. Turn heat down to a low simmer and cook for 35 minutes with a tilted lid.
4. After 35 minutes, remove from heat and cover. Let stand for 10 minutes and remove cinnamon stick.
5. Add blueberries to each serving and enjoy!
PS: When re-heating, add a little almond milk to each serving.
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