The Best, Creamy, Stove Top Oats
Oatmeal gets a lame reputation. It's the stuff your grandma eats. It's essentially baby food.
I'm a texture person, through and through. I can't just eat something mushy (yogurt, you're my one exception). So oatmeal has always been something I've had to JAZZ up to eat.
Now, taking a step back from the texture thing, oatmeal is pretty awesome for your health. It has "complex carbohydrates" which is a fancy way of saying it has fiber and will slowly break down and absorb into your blood stream. This is important because it helps to avoid any spikes in your blood sugar, which will in turn leave you feeling hungry sooner when your body rebounds and your blood sugar levels start to decline (hello hanger, my old friend).
The fiber in the oatmeal is also *extremely* important in heart health. It can help remove cholesterol that is floating around in your body and remove it before it has a chance to have any harmful effects. There is also some plant based protein in it, and it's naturally fat free.
So now that I've convinced you why it's good for your health, let's get back to how we're going to make it go from lame, baby food to avocado toast popular. This answer is two-fold.
One, is how you're going to cook them. And the second, is how you're going to doll them up.
I had heard of slow cooked oats before, but a new made insta friend (Maria, or more popularly known as @vitamin_ri ) had posted about "risotto style" oatmeal, and I immediately knew I had to try these out. The creaminess comes from slowly breaking down the starch in the oats, so they create a creamier texture with a softer bite.
The second part, and in my opinion the most important part, is the add ons. My oh-so-complex recipe is based off:
1 part ripe fruit + 1 part nut/seed + 1 part aromatic
The ripe fruit is key, because that is going to lend some extra sweetness once it's cooked down, and decrease the amount of sugar you will need (if any) to sweeten your oatmeal.
Some combinations that would be delicious include:
banana + walnuts + cinnamon
apple + peanut butter + cinnamon
peaches + almonds + vanilla
banana + peanut butter + cocoa powder
banana + pumpkin + pumpkin seeds + pumpkin pie spice
blueberry + pecan + vanilla
You could always add on some other nutrition boosters, such as: hemp seeds, protein powder, dollop of yogurt, or granola.
The recipe goes a little something like this:
The Best, Creamy, Stovetop Oats
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1 cup of hot water, or more
1 very ripe banana
2 Tbsp walnuts
2 tsp coconut oil
1 tsp salt
a dash (or two) of cinnamon
milk of choice (optional)
1. Place oats in a saucepan on medium heat with enough water to cover the oats, stirring frequently. Add some water when the oats absorb what's in the pan while stirring. Repeat this process until the oats are plump and water is absorbed with no "clumps" of oats visible (~1 cup water). Can add a splash of milk of choice if desired.
2. While oats are cooking, add some oil to a pan and add chopped banana, stirring to brown. Once fragrant, add the walnuts, salt, and cinnamon and continue to stir.
3. Once topping is done, pour onto oats and mix together to combine.
4. Eat, enjoy, repeat.
This recipe can be swapped out for any of the other topping combos, and it's not exactly science, but more by how it looks + smells. Check it out, share it with your friends, and tell them that I turned you into an mother (oat) lover.