Can you really be a true adult if you don’t know how to make the perfect oatmeal bowl?
Alright, if you follow my Instagram, you know that I’m obsessed with my morning bowl of oats. Nothing starts my day better than a cozy, warm, creamy bowl of oatmeal topped with all the goods. So now I’m going to break down exactly how to get that perfect oatmeal bowl.
First let’s talk creaminess:
If your bowl of oatmeal isn’t just totally creamy and gooey, then listen up! The best way to make your oatmeal bowl creamy is by cooking it on the stove in 100% milk. Since I’m dairy and soy-free, I use nut milk and it creates the most amazing consistency. My favorite nut milks for oatmeal are almond milk and pecan milk and I have blog posts on how to make them at home. It’s so easy and much cheaper and healthier. Don’t be afraid to try them yourself! Check out the blog posts below.
If you don’t want to use milk or just don’t have any you can use water, too! But here’s the trick: add the water and the oats to the pot, THEN turn on the heat. Don’t wait until the water is boiling to add the oats. This will make it much creamier.
Now the second part of the creaminess factor is to add in nut butter!! Every oatmeal bowl I make I always add in a spoonful of nut butter – usually Sunbutter (sunflower seed butter) or almond butter for me! This is what takes the creaminess level up a notch. When the oatmeal is finished cooking, I’ll just add a spoonful to the pot, mix, and serve!
If you don’t want to use nut butter, adding yogurt makes it creamy, too! It sounds a little funky but it’s delicious!
Okay, now let’s talk toppings:
Of course you can keep your oats simple if you want, but I love to overload mine with toppings! This helps the flavor go from simple and a little bland to BAM!
I always add some sort of fruit, usually either bananas, berries or apples. Sometimes I will eat them raw + fresh, but other times I’ll sauté them! Sautéed fruit is GAME CHANGER.
To sauté: add the fruit to a pan (chop into bite-size pieces if needed) with coconut oil, butter/ghee, or other healthy oil (you just need enough to coat the fruit a little bit). Then sauté the fruit – this can take anywhere from a minute to 5 minutes depending on the fruit your using and how sautéed you want it. Berries usually only need a minute or so, bananas only need a minute on each side, and apples are about 5 minutes. If you’re cooking bananas or apples, it’s also incredibly delicious to add cinnamon!
I also love to add something for some crunch! My favorites are coconut and cacao nibs, but you could also add nuts/seeds, granola, hemp hearts, etc.!
Is all oatmeal the same?
Oatmeal might taste similar from brand to brand, but it’s important to be conscious of the brands you’re choosing for health reasons.
I always recommend buying organic oats if possible, as oats are one of the biggest offenders for glyphosate, the main ingredient in RoundUp that’s been shown to cause cancer and other health issues. Try to avoid big-name oatmeal brands like Quaker Oats as they’ve been shown to have EXTREMELY high amounts of this toxic chemical. If you’re interested in learning more about this topic, you can read more here. I normally use Bob’s Red Mill Organic + Gluten-Free Old Fashioned Oats.
And there you have it! It’s really that simple!
Now go make your perfect oatmeal bowl! It only takes 10 minutes tops and is the best way to start the day!
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