At first you notice a few photos of pretty oatmeal bowls on your Insta feed. Then you spy your casually #flawless co-worker preparing some organic steel-cut oats in the office kitchenette. One morning your mom sends you a link to the New York Times review of a restaurant with 30 oatmeal variations—how did you miss this? The oatmeal trend is officially blowing up. As a self-respecting breakfast lover, you may be wondering what this phenomenon means for you on a day-to-day basis.
Short answer? You don’t have to eat stale bagels and questionable cream cheese from the street vendor every day.
While you were lavishing all your attention on savory lunchtime grain bowls, oatmeal has been here all along. It’s the reliable friend you don’t think much about until one day you realize it’s the love of your life—how could you have been so stupid? Luckily, it’s not too late to make up for long-lost time with your infinitely versatile, creamy, nourishing companion.
Start the love fest by knowing your oats.
Steel-Cut: These oats resemble cut-up segments of rice. Since they have not been processed, they take the longest to cook and yield a chewy texture.
Rolled: Steamed then pressed flat, these oats are processed to be softer when cooked, absorbing more of the water or milk.
Instant: The most processed of the three varieties, instant oats are pre-cooked, rolled, and flattened. As a result, they can be prepared and ready to enjoy very quickly.
Now for your oatmeal, heat up the 3 ingredients below until the mixture reaches the desired consistency. Microwave or stovetop will do—as you wish. Simple!
½ cups oats + a dash of salt + 1 cup water or milk of your choice
And here are some ideas for additions to help you truly begin (reignite?) your love affair with oatmeal. Experiment with different nut butters, fresh fruits, and seed combos to find your bowlmate.
– a dollop of almond butter, a drizzle of honey, and banana slices
– handfuls of toasted coconut flakes, goji berries, and pistachios
– a handful of strawberries and a dollop of Nutella (why not?)
– a sprinkling of chia seeds, a pinch of brown sugar, and a dash of ground cinnamon
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