It’s boring. It’s not sexy. It tastes like cardboard. Then, my friends, you need to revisit your oatmeal making skills. There are many easy ways to make that humble bowl of oats into a sexy superstar. Here are two far from boring variations.
Pumpkin Pie Oats with Bacon
- 1/4c steel-cut oats (Irish Oatmeal)
- 1 1/4c water
- 3/4 c almond milk
- 1/4 c canned pumpkin
- 2 Tbs ground flax or 1 Tbs chia seeds
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1 slice crispy bacon, crumbled
- 1 Tbs maple syrup or honey (optional)
I know it seems like a lot of liquid but you will get the creamiest oats this way. Bring water & almond milk to almost boiling, add oats and lower to simmer. Stir in pumpkin, flax seeds & pumpkin pie spice. Cook until all liquid is absorbed and desired consistency is reached. While oats cook make your bacon. Top cooked oats with crumbled bacon and maple syrup or honey, if using. (don’t like bacon? top with 1 – 2 toasted nuts of choice)
Spiced Mango Pistachio Oatmeal
- 1/4c steel-cut oats
- 1 1/4c water
- 3/4 c unsweetened coconut milk beverage
- 1/2c mango (I use frozen chunks)
- 2 Tbs pistachios
- 1 Tbs unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
Bring water & coconut milk to almost boiling and add oats, lower heat to simmer. Add in mango, pistachio, coconut & spices. Cook until liquid is absorbed and desired consistency is reached, stirring occasionally to keep from sticking.
Tip: Do you want your oats to cook more quickly? The night before boil water, add oats and simmer for 5 minutes. Shut off heat and cover, leaving on stove top. In the morning add in milk, bring to almost boiling and follow recipe.