When you think of oatmeal, do you think of throw-up? I used to think that. Until I had some pretty delicious oatmeal at Panera one day. And then I started experimenting making it at home, with different toppings. And if I say so myself, it’s a finesse, it’s an art to make a delicious bowl of oatmeal. I have had to throw away a few bowls, until I got it right.
There are a few rules to eating and making oatmeal. It’s kind of like a ritual of the ancient Chinese, it has to be done just SO. 🙂
First of all, you will need to eat it right away or almost right away. Once it sits there while you are brushing your teeth, and do your thing it might start looking and tasting like throw-up.
So, what you will need is oats ( they can be quick, old-fashioned or steel cut)
milk – any kind you like ( regular, almond, cashew …….) but i definitely prefer milk over water. I have used coconut water in the past and that is also very yummy.
Those are your base ingredients.
The toppings are unlimited. My favorite is blueberries/cinnamon/brown sugar ( or honey/stevia if you are being “good” ) / sliced almonds. My son’s favorite is cinnamon/brown sugar/ diced peeled apples. But the options are endless. The Panera one that won me over and made me realize that oatmeal can be delicious is made with strawberries, raw sugar and pecans.
1 cup of oats
2 cups of milk
OPT.1 – Blueberries/sliced almonds/brown sugar or honey/cinnamon
OPT. 2 – Peeled diced apples/brown sugar or honey/cinnamon
OPT. 3 – Fresh strawberries/ Sugar in the raw/cinnamon/pecans
or Create your own “Oats to die for”
Mix oats and milk in a pretty bowl, put in microwave for 1 minute, take it out and mix, put in for 1 more minute. Take out and mix, add milk if you like it soupier.
Then add your choice of toppings, DONT MIX.