Why Oatmeal is a Good Idea
Oatmeal is probably one of the most common breakfast/brunch or first-meal-of-the-day dishes. Why so? Oats are not expensive, various kinds of oats and oatmeals can suit even the pickiest eaters and they're easy to cook. This time I'm sharing a rolled oat recipe, because it's the kind I cook with the most. Rolled oats are also much less processed than instant oats and have a pleasant texture when cooked unlike the mushy quick oats (I don't like mushy). Oatmeal is very versatile as one can cook it in different kinds of liquids, starting with just water or upgrading to non-dairy or dairy milks. A long list of toppings can then be added to personalise it to your needs: nuts, seeds, fresh or dried fruits & berries, nut butters, syrups, jams or other sweeteners, superfood powders, spices. This time it's a combo I discovered quite recently and found it really delicious. And you know me - I like to share the deliciousness with You. For this recipe I cooked rolled oats at low temperature (for extra creaminess) in oat milk, which has a subtle sweet flavour. Added a pinch of salt to bring out the flavours, mixed in a generous amount of cinnamon and ground linseeds for fiber, topped with creamy homemade almond butter and fresh mangoes. It turned out simply... perfect.
1 cup - 250ml | 1 tablespoon - 15ml | Hands on time: 20 mins | Total time: 30 mins
- 1 cup of rolled oats (not instant)
- 2 cups of oat milk
- 1/4 cup of water
- 3/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 2-3 teaspoons of ground linseeds
- pinch of salt
- almond butter (1 tablespoon per serving)
- fresh mango chunks
- maple syrup
- whole linseeds to garnish (optional)
Cooking a creamy oatmeal
When cooking oatmeal, I usually firstly soak rolled oats in cold water for 10 minutes or so until they soften slightly. Drain the soaked oats well, add to a medium saucepan with oat milk, water, cinnamon, ground linseeds, pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally then reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes until soft and super creamy. Keep an eye on your porridge and stir often to avoid burning your oats. Once done remove from heat, cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Mix in more hot water to adjust consistency if needed. Serve in bowls with a tablespoon of almond butter, some maple syrup and fresh mango chunks.
Want to make almond butter at home? Here's how: Smooth Almond Butter.
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