I remember the first time I tried oatmeal.
Watery, flavorless, and a consistency that reminded me of the porridge served in Oliver Twist. Yikes!
This was at my high school cafeteria, before goji berries were popular and adding spoonfuls of peanut butter to things seemed peculiar.
Today, there’s nothing I love more than a warm bowl of steel-cut oats bursting with flavour on a cold, blustery day!
Cinnamon, peanut butter, freshly cut bananas…. Yum!
When I prepare my own oatmeal at home, I like to get crafty with my bowls. The ingredients come out of the pantry and all bets are off.
The weirder the combo may seem, the more bonus points I give myself! >_<
I never would have thought peanut butter and goji berries would go well together, but alas, they are a match made in heaven!
That’s what I love about experimenting in the kitchen, nothing seems too weird for me. And still today, a warm bowl of oatmeal remains one of my favourite meals to prepare in the mornings.
A brand of steel-cut oats I really love, is the 365 Whole Foods Steel Cut Oats. It comes in a green cardboard cylinder packaging, and an easy removable plastic lid.
I usually prepare my oats in two ways:
– How to make steel cut oats –
Stovetop Oatmeal Recipe
Ratio 3:1 (water to oats)
- On high heat, bring three cups of water to a boil, and add 1 cup of steel cut oats.
- Reduce heat to medium-low, and cook covered for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Remove from stovetop and let cool
Simple Overnight Oats Recipe
Ratio 2:1 (almond milk to oats)
- In a bowl, pour two cups of almond milk over one cup of steel cut oats.
- I’m a big fan of cinnamon so I like to add a teaspoon here, too, for the overnight process. You’re really free to dress these up however you like though!
- You can add some ginger, or dried berries or raisins, anything that would add to the flavour of oats YOU would enjoy!
- After adding your ingredients of choice, refrigerate bowl overnight.
Some of my favourite ingredients to use in my oatmeal bowls are fresh blueberries, peanut butter (always peanut butter), bananas, and dried berries or raisins. Oh and cinnamon is always a must! I usually add it in the preparation process vs sprinkling it on top for garnish.
And then there’s oatmeal for all the protein-lovers out there who like to start the day with a filling bowl.
Protein-Packed Oatmeal Recipe with Chopped NAGI Bars
- These oats were made on stovetop (recipe above).
- As garnish, I chopped up a NAGI protein bar, sliced bananas, pumpkin seeds (loaded with protein), hemp hearts, almonds, cashews, coconut flakes, blueberries.
What are your favourite things to add to your oatmeal bowls?
I love discovering new recipes to try, so share your favourites with me below and I’ll give them a try! 🙂