Over 20 ways to make oatmeal more flavorful
Oatmeal is a staple in my house. I think it's delicious! It's full of fiber, it's natural and it keeps me satisfied (and not snacking) between breakfast and lunch. And, if you've bought a big container of oatmeal, you know it's a lot of food for a small price (basically, it's cheap!).
Oatmeal is simple and pure food. If you include water and the little bit of salt, it's a three-ingredient recipe! Basically, one ingredient.
My kids weren't huge fans but one of them has decided he likes it now. The other kid will like it soon, I'm sure : ). Truly, it's all about the toppings or the things you stir in that make the oatmeal delicious. And, if you are one of those people who aren't fans of the texture of oatmeal, that can be changed too, just by adding some crunchy foods.
Here are some of my suggestions to try.
Old Fashioned Oatmeal
Use old fashioned oatmeal if you want a little more texture and you still want to see the oatmeal. It is not as 'mushy' when you use old fashioned oatmeal. And really, is 5 minutes too much time to spend to make a meal?
My favorite is sprinkling a sugar and cinnamon mixture onto my oatmeal. I mix about 1 heaping tablespoon of cinnamon to a cup of sugar. Combine well and keep it in a lidded mason jar. This is better made with white sugar so it doesn't get clumpy.
Ideas for Oatmeal toppings
Sometimes if I happen to have a banana handy, I just slice a few pieces of banana onto my oatmeal and then sprinkle the sugar & cinnamon mixture on top. My preference is to eat my oatmeal with milk. It's a cereal after all!
Fresh berries, a little drizzle of honey and some milk can be heavenly! And, if it's not the right time of year for fresh berries, frozen berries (or other frozen fruit) works great too! Just make sure the fruit is no longer frozen and is cut into small bite-sized pieces.
If you are trying to get used to eating oatmeal and need a little convincing (ok, bribing), try it with things you LOVE (or things the kids love). Like, have some chocolate chips on top. Is there anything better than melty chocolate chips?
Then start slowly cutting down the number of chocolate chips so that you are still having a healthy breakfast! This is actually a great way to get kids to like oatmeal. Yes, you can have chocolate chips for breakfast, but you need to eat some oatmeal with it! I always add milk to my oatmeal but not everyone does.
The recipe is on the one sheet (link above) and over 20 delicious things you can do to or add into oatmeal so that you and your family will enjoy it!
Ways to Make Oatmeal Taste Good!
- 3 ¼ cups water
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 2 cups oatmeal either old fashioned or quick cook
- Using a heavy saucepan, boil salted water.
- Add dried oats
- For Old-Fashioned Oatscook 5 minutes at medium heat (slight boil), stirring regularly.
- For Quick (1 Minutes Oats), cook approx. 1 minute on medium heat (at a slight boil), stirring regularly.
- Portion into bowls, add your favorite toppings and enjoy!
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