Wednesday, January 18, 2012

How To....Make Creamy Oatmeal

Oatmeal is the perfect breakfast. It's inexpensive, filling and delicious.  Here's an easy way to cook oatmeal that your family will love.

Ingredients: regular oats, water and milk

Measure out your oats. I plan for 1/2 cup of oats per person. You could do 1/3 cup per person if you want. Just depends on how big you want your portions.  At this time, I'm making oatmeal for 4 people, so I measured in 2 cups of regular rolled oats.

Add the same amount of milk and water as you did oats.  So 2 cups of oats equals 2 cups of milk...

and 2 cups of water. 

So if you're making a single serving of oats, you would add 1/2 cup of oats, 1/2 cup of milk and 1/2 cup of water and so on.

Stir them all together and turn the stove on medium heat.

Let it cook.  Cooking it on medium takes a bit of time, but it produces really creamy oats.  I just stir every time I walk by the stove while I'm making lunches, setting the table, stuff like that.

The longer it cooks, the thicker it gets. And you will have to stir more frequently.  You don't want to leave the room while this is cooking because it can burn if you're not watching it. But at the same time, it isn't a 'sit and stare' kind of dish.

Keep stirring until your oatmeal is nice and thick and softly bubbling. It may look a bit wet, but as it sits off the heat it will thicken up.

This is what your pot should look like when you're done. The milk has made the oatmeal really creamy, almost as if it was cooked in cream. You should be able to scrape it off without much resistance though.

Portion it off into 4 bowls, or however servings you made.  If you notice I have one big oatmeal eater (the 4 year old, she can never get enough) a baby (small bowl on the right), and two normal size bowls.

Now comes the fun part: toppings!  Seriously you can put almost anything on oatmeal. My 7 year old even likes a bit of cocoa powder in her oatmeal sometimes. The sky's the limit here folks!


Easy Creamy Oatmeal

2 cups regular rolled oats
2 cups milk (can use powdered)
2 cups water

Combine all ingredients in a pot and cook over medium heat stirring occasionally and more frequently as it gets thicker.  

When the oatmeal is nice and thick, take off the heat and portion into 4 bowls. As the oatmeal sits, it will get thicker.  Top with your favorite toppings!

What is your favorite food to put on oatmeal?

I love pumpkin seeds, almond butter, coconut flakes and bananas, yum!


Deborah Jennings said...

I like cinnamon and brown sugar in my oatmeal. Also any type of jam or fruit preserves is good. Favorites are peach and apricot. Strawberry is MY favorite. And we use Splenda at times. They make a brown sugar, too.

Laurie said...

I have made this so many times, and it is so simple and delicious! --And I'm typically an oatmeal hater! Thanks for sharing this recipe. :)

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