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No More Boring Oatmeal!

20 Ways to Turn Ordinary Oats into Something Special


  • I tried oatmeal but I just can't handle it. - 5/12/2013 7:35:20 PM
    I eat oatmeal every day. We call it porridge here in the UK. The easiest way to make it is in the microwave. It means you can still use the unprocessed variety but it doesn't take as long and you don't have the saucepan to deal with! I use half a cup of oats per person to 3 cups of milk and water (in any ratio you like). Make sure you put everything in a big enough container. Microwave on full power until it comes to the boil. That's about 2 minutes for one portion. Then leave it to stand while you go and have a shower, walk the dog, etc. Microwave again to heat and its ready. It takes some experimenting until you get the timings right because it can easily spill over the dish. People also prefer different consistencies. But once you have worked it out its so easy and quick. - 2/3/2013 2:53:18 AM
  • Good article. I always forget about oatmeal. Thanks for the slow cooker recipe - I'm going to try it tonight. Much better than the sugary, expensive packets. - 1/16/2013 10:10:33 PM
  • I love savoury oatmeals! I used to add an egg, a pinch of salt, pepper and some herbs(if I have them) to my rolled oats for breakfast or lunch. But if you're a vegetarian or you prefer soy protein, add slightly mashed tofu (the silky soft type) instead of an egg. You can sneak in some leafy greens (eg. spinach) as well. I know this sounds a little weird, but if sweet oatmeal isn't your thing, this is worth trying. - 12/18/2012 10:17:02 PM
  • I like my oatmeal soaked overnight in yogurt and I add fruit the next morning. I do not like the smell of cooked oats. - 11/10/2012 12:53:35 PM
    Wow made this last night and i hate oatmeal (only ever had box packets fully of crap) This was amazing I love it! Going to be making it a LOT apples smelled soooo good! I made it on high for 4 hours turned out amazing! - 9/11/2012 8:58:42 AM
  • Raisins and maple syrup is the bomb. - 8/24/2012 3:49:40 PM
  • That's amazing. I'll be sure to copy these down so I can try them by tomorrow. Excited already. - 6/14/2012 3:41:23 AM
    I live in Australia and have never heard of steel cut oats. Do they have another name or can i assume they are the same as unprocessed oats. I really enjoy reading everyone's comments. - 6/6/2012 5:18:29 AM
    Didn't realize there were so many ways to cook the humble steel cut oat! - 5/28/2012 11:36:10 PM
    I discovered steel cut oats many years ago when I joined our local food co-op & I much prefer their chewier texture. To get around the longer cooking time requirements, I recently figured out on my own that I could cook up 2-3 servings in the evening, refrigerate in separate containers, ready to pop in the microwave or to reheat stovetop in the AM. This really works out for me because I work nights; 7PM - 7AM & am usually really tired by the time I get home. I love a small amt chopped Medjool dates + some walnuts or almonds, but I also use many of the various add-ins mentioned. - 5/21/2012 12:42:22 AM
  • I sweeten my old fashioned oats with 1/2 packet of Stevia, and I also add 1/4 tsp of "No Salt" (potassium) along with Cary's Maple Syrup (no sugar, but artificially sweetened with aspartame unfortunately). It's nice and sweet along with a great maple taste. Yum. - 5/17/2012 1:16:52 PM
    I like my oatmeal with apple juice rather than milk, and a thawed mixed fruit serving of formerly frozen pineapple, mango, and strawberry. - 5/4/2012 7:19:43 PM
    I do the same - cook old fashioned oatmeal in the microwave for 2:30 and it's done. I add 1 teaspoon real maple syrup, 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed, cinnamon, 4 strawberries or 1/2 cup mango, and a 1/2 cup milk. The add-ins are 189 calories plus the 150 from the oatmeal. That way, I have a little natural sweetness, ground flaxseed for the cholesterol, fruit and dairy. - 5/1/2012 12:20:39 PM
    I use old-fashioned oats (1/2 cup oats, cover with water and microwave for 2 mintues). Cooks quickly and I only have one bowl to clean :) Additions added before cooking are raisins, peanut butter or sliced bananas which melt and become creamy. Another addition is to beat 2 egg whites, add a few tablespoons of water (depends on how think you like your oatmeal), add 1/2 cup old fashioned oats and microwave 2 minutes.

    I also use steel cut but soak them in water in the refrigerator overnight. Cooks much quicker in the morning.
    - 3/24/2012 1:28:42 PM

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