I hate oatmeal. All my life, my mom tried to cook oatmeal for me a variety of ways, so I would eat it. For me, it is a consistency, texture thing. I think oatmeal’s sticky texture is like baby food. Although I know some people love and appreciate baby food, I am not a fan. Mushy just isn’t good.
I have tried Steel Cut Oats, Scottish Oats, Rolled Oats, and Quick Oats. Despite my attempts, I finally have discovered a recipe for oatmeal I actually appreciate and am starting to enjoy. Although my own ignorance is to blame for my inability to prepare simple oatmeal, I finally mastered oatmeal I can eat.
Steel cut oats is a “power food” because it is an excellent source of protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Steel cut oats are dense and chewy as a result of being passed through sharp, steel blades that cut them into thin slices that helps retain more fiber and protein.
What’s my secret? Equal water to equal Oats, and 5 minutes. That’s all it takes. Of course, once its done, I add my favorite fruit and a little organic pure maple syrup.
There is a little trick to my oatmeal madness. You need to add salt to the water, make sure the water is boiling, add the oats, stir, reduce heat, and DO NOT COVER. 5 minutes later, you will have my version of perfect oatmeal.
A typical serving of oatmeal is 1/2 cup prepared. So, I make 2 cups oatmeal with 2 cups water, and I divide the oatmeal into 1/2 cup servings in containers for a quick reheat, fruit addition and maple syrup drizzle.
After years of failed attempts, I finally mastered my oatmeal demon. If you are an “oatmeal hater,” give it a try.