I love oats in a pretty serious way. I eat oats almost every single morning in some shape, either a bowl of oats or in the form of granola.
When I first started eating oats, I made all kinds of crazy combinations but now I’m an oatmeal purist. I just like straight up oats please. Occasionally I’ll play around with oats and do something fancy, which we can talk about later. But for the most part, my oats are pretty straight forward.
I have two kinds of oats on hand, Quaker because that’s the easiest for me to get as most grocery stores have that brand, and also some bulk oats I get from Kroger. Quaker for breakfast and baking, the bulk oats for granola. Quaker oats don’t really make the best granola but the bulk oats making amazing granola. The opposite is also true, Quaker makes a great bowl of breakfast oats, while the bulk granola does not.
It pays to shop around and try different brands!
My pantry is packed full of oats at all times. I use Quaker old fashioned oats because quick oats and instant are a little ridiculous. Much like “minute rice” it’s unnecessary and not good for you (stop buying that stuff!).
I tend to get a little cranky if I go without oats for a while. My body loves the fiber and protein that they provide.
I get asked a lot about my oats and how I make them which caused me to realize that I never posted the recipe! At least I don’t think that I have so today I’m fixing that and bringing you my basic oats mix.
Andrea’s Basic Oats
- 1C Old Fashioned Oats
- 1.5C Plain Soymilk
- 1 Large banana
- 1TBSP Ground Flax
- 1TBSP Wheat Germ
- Cinnamon, to taste
In a sauce pan add in the soymilk and banana. Mash and whip the banana until it is incorporated into the soymilk. I use a potato masher to do this. Place pan on stove and heat over medium-high heat until the soymilk starts to come to a boil. Don’t let it boil though! Add in the oats, cinnamon, flax, and wheat germ. Stir and reduce heat to medium bringing the oats down to a simmer. Cook for about 5-7 minutes until the oats are soft and the consistency is light and fluffy.
Makes enough for two servings.
Pretty easy, right? Of course you are free to use whatever liquid strikes your fancy. If you like milk, go for it. If you want to use almond milk, do it! I’ve tried SO Delicious Coconut milk but that didn’t work too well. I don’t know why but it didn’t give me the same texture or effect I was looking for. The taste was also a tad bitter. Soymilk works well for us and doesn’t scorch or taste odd.
The banana sweetens the oats so that there is no need for additional sugar or sweeteners. The cinnamon gives it just enough of a background taste to keep the oats from being plain.
Flax and wheat germ for the omega fatty acids and minerals they provide. Along with additional fiber! I told you, my body loooovveessss fiber!
In the comments, Brandi asked a great question that I should have addressed! This recipe makes enough oats for two people. Either it can be split right down the middle or divided up however you like, but this recipe does in fact make a bunch of oats.
What about you? Do you eat oatmeal? What’s your favorite way to prepare it?
Have fun guys, and remember, always play with your food! Enjoy!