I usually top mine with a little maple syrup or honey, sliced banana and a sprinkling of cinnamon. And if I've had a good night's sleep and I'm not feeling too lazy (what are the odds?), I might also add some golden raisins and chopped pecans (they're further back in the cabinet, so there's a good chance they won't make it to the bowl at all). My daughter likes hers with apple sauce mixed in. I can't remember what, if anything, my husband puts in his. I might need to start paying more attention to him.
With cold weather finally approaching, this is the best stick-to-your-ribs breakfast around. Super hearty and satisfying.
|I think all the Bob's Red Mill products are great |
(at least all the ones I've tried so far).
Here are the cooking instructions from the back of the bag. I like to make mine a little differently. I whisk together the oatmeal, salt and cool water and bring to a simmer (over medium-high heat). Reduce heat and keep at a low simmer (uncovered), whisking frequently until thickened (about 10 minutes). I like this method (no lumps). If you use the cooking instructions from the package, just be sure to whisk the oatmeal in slowly to help prevent lumps. I can't vouch for the microwave instructions (I've never used them).
|adding the oats to the pan|
|adding the salt|
|pouring in the water|
|thickening very nicely|
|ready to find some ribs to stick to|
toppings piled on before stirring
I was either well rested or more motivated than usual,
(knowing strangers would be checking out my breakfast).
What's the difference between oatmeals?
Here's my overly simplistic breakdown (info. from chow.com):
All oatmeals are made from oats that have been hulled (the outside shell has been removed). It's what is done with the inside kernels (or groats) after that process that makes them different.
- Steel cut (or Irish) oats are cut very coarsely, making the oatmeal chewier and longer to cook.
- Scottish oatmeal is ground more finely, so it's creamier and takes less time to cook than steel cut.
- Old-fashioned rolled outs are steamed and then flattened with rollers.
- Quick-cooking oats are rolled even thinner, so they take less time to cook than old-fashioned.
- Instant oats are actually already cooked and then dried again (just add water and they're ready).