Basic Oatmeal

Oatmeal is one of the easiest hot breakfasts to make. If you are looking to do away with instant oats loaded with flavouring and 'stuff', then rolled oats are an easy and quick alternative that you can flavour with fresh, whole ingredients of your choice.
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Cooked Oatmeal

Oatmeal is a highly customisable dish. Add chopped fruit, nuts, or nut butter to add fibre and nutrients to your meal. For something a little more decadent, swirl in a bit of dark chocolate or cream that makes you think it’s a dessert for breakfast.

If you’re moving away from ‘just add hot water’ oats, (aka instant), or trying from-scratch cooking for the first time, then oatmeal is a great place to start.

For the full overview of oats, whether it’s healthy or not, who can eat it and who shouldn’t eat, you can head on over to this post where I cover all of that info.

This is a very basic, let’s-get-you-started recipe. Some things you may come across and need to note as you become familiar with making oats are:

Brands Matter

You will be told that it doesn’t, but my personal experience has been contrary to that. Some oats cook softer than others; some have a milder flavour, and some have hard bits that make them pretty yucky.

Keep At It

Your first try will likely be mediocre or a complete disaster. (If you are anything like me, I burnt my oats on my first try. Not fire and brimstone, but enough to make my oats bitter and require about 3 hours of scrubbing my pot). Practice is key. After you have made it 4 or 5 times, you will get the hang of it.

Versatility

Oats are a cheap, healthy and SUUUUPER versatile crop. Be sure to check out Basic Oat Flour, where I show you how to make your own oat flour. Basic Oat Milk, yes you can make your own milk, and it’s delicious!

Let’s make it!

Cooked Oatmeal
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Basic Oatmeal

Oatmeal is one of the easiest hot breakfasts to make. If you are looking to do away with instant oats loaded with flavouring and ‘stuff’, then rolled oats are an easy and quick alternative that you can flavour with fresh, whole ingredients of your choice.

Cuisine: International

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 2 cups water

Directions

  1. Using a medium-sized saucepan, pour in the water and bring to a boil on high heat.
  2. Gently add the oats to the boiling water, stir in well and reduce the heat to low
  3. Allow the mixture to simmer on low heat for 2 – 3 minutes, stirring occasionally
  4. Remove from heat and dish up into bowls to serve

Notes

Too Thick: Add more water and mix it well before removing it from the heat. Remember to adjust the amount of water you use next time.

Too Runny: Cook for a bit longer (1 – 2 minutes) and allow to stand for a bit. Oats will thicken as it cools.

More Creaminess: Instead of water, use dairy or coconut milk for the creamiest results. Or use your favourite milk alternative.

More Flavour:  Try these recipes to give you some inspiration, Chocolate and Cherry Oats or Vanilla Custard Oats.

Storage: Oatmeal can be kept for up to 5 days in a tightly sealed container in the fridge. (3 days if you are using dairy). Make sure it is completely cooled before closing it up and putting it in the fridge, or you may have a lot of condensation.

Re-heating: Place it in a saucepan on low heat and warm gently. If necessary, add a little water gradually to loosen it up. It can be microwaved, be sure to stop and stir regularly until it is warmed.

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