Whether you realize it or not, January is National Oatmeal Month! (I found that out when I was researching for my January Holidays post.) Since I was already planning to write about oatmeal this month, it works in my favor . . . hopefully lots of people will be searching for oatmeal recipes and new ways to serve oatmeal.
My kids have eaten their way through hundreds of pounds of oatmeal in their lifetime! I buy rolled oats in 25# bags, and serve oatmeal for breakfast a couple times a week. Oatmeal is inexpensive, filling and easy.
No one has questioned oatmeal’s frequent presence at breakfast . . . until recently. Apparently they’ve reached their quota and would rather oatmeal didn’t show up for breakfast anymore.
Since oatmeal is inexpensive, filling and easy, I don’t really want to figure out how to replace it! Instead I’ve tried to re-imagine it and figure out new ways to serve oatmeal.
Here’s my standard way of preparing oatmeal as well as a bunch of serving possibilities.
Best Way to Prepare Oatmeal
- Mix 1 cup rolled or steel cut oats in 1 cup water with 2 tablespoons yogurt, kefir, lemon juice or apple cider vinegar.
- Allow to soak overnight – anywhere from 7-24 hours.
- In the morning, bring 1 cup water to a boil and add a dash of salt.
- Carefully stir in soaked oats.
- Return to boiling, turn heat to low and cook, stirring often for 5-10 minutes.
It takes 2 cups of oatmeal soaked and cooked to feed my crew of 5, ages 4-10. I usually cook raisins with the oats and serve with a drizzle of maple syrup.
Ways To Serve Oatmeal
1. Add raisins during cooking (makes the raisins nice and juicy!)
2. Sweeten with maple syrup
3. Top with vanilla ice cream 🙂
4. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and shredded coconut
5. Add sliced bananas and chopped walnuts or pecans
6. Cook with diced apples or pears and cinnamon
7. Drizzle with chocolate or caramel sauce
8. Top with freeze-dried raspberries
9. Cook in coconut milk rather than water
10. Make Oatcakes (this is one of my kids’ favorite breakfasts)
11. Serve baked oatmeal (recipe below)
12. Add frozen blueberries and pour on a little milk or cream (the cooling factor is a bonus!)
13. Use leftover oatmeal this muffin recipe from Playing With Flour (Either rolled or steel cut oatmeal works.)
14. Put a spoonful of apple butter on top.
15. Stir in chopped dried fruit – dates, apricots, cranberries, figs, cherries
16. Top with plain yogurt and drizzle with honey
17. Mix in a spoonful each of peanut butter and jelly
18. Try steel cut oats instead of rolled oats (this is my personal favorite when topped with butter, maple syrup and raspberries – YUM!)
19. Cook it in the crockpot (still working out a great recipe, though I have discovered that steel cut oats work best)
20. Make homemade granola (I hope to share our best recipe soon.)
Soaked Baked Oatmeal Recipe
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup full fat plain, unsweetened yogurt
- ½ cup water
- 2 eggs
- ¼ cup coconut sugar, rapadura, sucanat or honey
- ⅓ cup coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1½ teaspoons cinnamon
- 1½ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ cup milk
- The evening before you want to serve, mix oats, yogurt and water in a 7x11 glass pan. (An 8x8 pan works also, just bake a little longer.) Cover and allow to soak overnight on the counter.
- In the morning, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Add remaining ingredients to soaked oats and mix well.
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- Cool, cut and serve.
- We like ours topped with a spoonful of homemade apple butter or freezer jam.
For a real treat, try this dairy free Pineapple Cranberry Baked Oatmeal from Swirls and Spice.
What’s YOUR favorite way to eat oatmeal?
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