On a scale of 1-10 how much would you rate your love for oatmeal? If you answered in the lower five numbers, I don’t blame you. Although I never hated oatmeal, it’s never been my favorite breakfast option. That’s why I always say that I like toppings with oatmeal instead of oatmeal with toppings.
I would eat oatmeal occasionally, and I pretty much liked it (of course so long as I had my many toppings on). But then my sister came up with an idea that brought oatmeal to a whole new delicious level! Instead of boiling the oatmeal in water, cook it in milk. BOOM! Flavor change on the spot! Bye, bye watery tasteless oatmeal, we are adding some delicious creaminess to you! Oh yeah!
Also, adding a touch of vanilla extract will bring it from amazing, to fabulous. Not only are we making our oatmeal creamier by cooking it in milk, but we are also adding a lovely vanilla-y flavor to it that almost makes it taste like a custard. And by cooking it in milk and adding a splash of vanilla, right then we have a delightfully flavorful oatmeal that can even be eaten plain (lightly sweetened of course). That says a lot from a person like me!
So yeah, I went from toppings with oatmeal, to being able to eat it plain if I have to. Of course, I always, always, add cinnamon no mater how I eat it (what’s oatmeal without cinnamon?) and I still love to add all sorts of toppings. I usually add whatever I have on hand. Here are some of the basics that I use (which I usually have on hand on a regular basis): honey to sweeten it, raisins, walnuts, any kind of fruit I have on hand, cinnamon, ground flax seed, and a little extra milk on top because who wants dry oatmeal? Not me! If there’s one thing I don’t like, it’s dry food. I know I probably sound like a very peculiar oatmeal eater, but I just need that little extra milk on top to keep everything juicy and moist.
So that’s it folks! I know oatmeal is probably something people don’t even think about as a recipe, lots of people eat it all the time for breakfast. But for me, if it ain’t done right, I’m going right past it to something else. You just gotta have oatmeal done right!
If you are the type of person who isn’t too fond of oatmeal, I hope you enjoyed this post and found some helpful tips on how to make your oatmeal a little more tasty.
Jessica the Baker
Here’s a guide to how I make my oatmeal
1 cup milk
1/2 quick cooking oats
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp. honey
chopped walnuts (or any nuts of your choice)
raisins (optional) (you can also add any dried fruit of your choice if you don’t like raisins)
chopped fruit of your choice
cinnamon to taste
Now here’s exactly the order I prepare my oatmeal. Heat the milk in a saucepan until close to boiling point. Add the oats and stir. Keep stirring for about 3-5 min. until mixture thickens (how thick or runny you want it depends you). After oatmeal has thickened, transfer to a bowl. Add 1 tsp. of honey as well as the vanilla extract, and stir completely. Add the raisins, walnuts, and chopped fruit. Sprinkle the cinnamon according to taste. Drizzle on top the 1/2 tsp. of honey. Add a splash of milk around the edge of the bowl. Enjoy while it’s warm!