After fixing "the usual" (oatmeal with applesauce and raisins) for my four year old and handing my toddler a muffin and a banana, I went about fixing some oats for myself. Don't let cooking oatmeal scare you away! It really doesn't take that long. In fact, you can cook rolled oats in about 1 1/2 minutes. Fast, right?
I call my oats "kitchen sink oatmeal" because I love to add all kinds of things to them. They are a fantastic vehicle for added protein, iron, fiber, and so much more. I use at least one kind of fruit and one kind of nut and/or seed. Here are some of my favorite combos:
- Bananas, peanut butter, chia seeds and/or ground flaxseeds
- Apples, walnuts, raisins, hemp seeds, and cinnamon
- Peaches and/or fresh berries and raw almonds
- Pears, almonds, nutmeg, and cardamom
To make rolled oats quickly, combine 1/2 cup oats and 1 cup of water or milk and microwave for 90 seconds or until it reaches your desired thickness. Watch it closely to make sure that it doesn't boil over (especially if you use milk)!
Confused about what kind of oats to buy (steel cut, rolled, quick, etc.)? Check out this post for more info.