A few weeks ago I decided I'd give oatmeal for breakfast a real chance. I've always liked the idea of it and every once in a great while I'd have a bowl, but the habit never stuck. And now? I cannot get enough. I've been having oatmeal every morning for a whole month and I find myself wanting it for a late night snack, too! It's really helping me stay full all morning, even while nursing Casper. What made me start loving hot oatmeal was changing the texture. I discovered a new method and I don't know if I'll ever go back.
I grew up thinking Cream of Wheat was something really special. I didn't know it was only a quick and cheap hot cereal, I only knew that we didn't have it everyday, and I loved the creamy texture. Plus, it looked like the "mush" I saw in my favorite book: Goodnight Moon. I thought if I could make oats a little more like that, I'd be hooked. So, I started grinding my rolled oats in the food processor a bit before cooking them, and the result is a delightfully thick and creamy oat porridge, not as fine as cream of wheat and not at all soupy or thin, but just right. And I just realized I sound like Goldilocks. So, these are essentially steel cut oats, but I'm starting with rolled oats instead of oat groats, and they only take a few minutes to cook! Now I have a quick and easy hot cereal that is nutrient dense and super satisfying.
With this new breakfast routine, we are blowing through a bag of oats pretty quickly. And finding gluten-free oats for a good price is hard! When I have the money saved up, I like to buy these gluten-free sprouted rolled oats from To Your Health Sprouted Flour Co in bulk, because sprouted = more nutrients available to your body. But, I also just stocked up on some plain (still gluten-free) rolled oats on Vitacost. They have some on sale for 49% off right now! Hurry over if you need some. And here's my latest favorite way to cook and dress them up:
This makes enough to share :) Oooh, you guys have to try stirring a drop or two of almond extract into your oatmeal. It adds a bit of richness and depth to the flavor. So yummy. I like to prepare a whole bunch of these cut oats at one time and keep them in a jar so they're ready to go every morning.
Pictured alongside this pot of oatmeal is my favorite hot beverage lately: a Dandy Blend latte. Dandy Blend + hot coconut milk and water + raw honey, maple syrup, or coconut sugar. mmm. Anyway, if you're an oatmeal-eater, I'd love to hear your best methods! I'm taking all recommendations and super excited to branch out with my new oatmeal love.
March 10, 2014