I am on such an oatmeal kick these days!
Microwaved oats, that is!
I realize that many oatmeal connoisseurs would balk at the idea of microwaved oats, but in my experience, they taste just like stovetop oats–with half the preparation time.
The secret(s) to a really good bowl of microwaved oats?
(1) Place the mix-ins inside a very large microwaveable bowl. You don’t want any spill overs to ruin a perfectly good morning! My recent favorite mix-ins (as shown this morning): 1/2 cup old fashioned oats, 1 cup unsweetened soy milk, 1/2 thinly sliced banana, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1 Tbsp crushed flax seed, dash or two of salt
(2) Stir vigorously half-way through cooking time (about 3-4 minutes total cooking time, depending on microwave.) Attack those oats as if you were beating an egg.
(3) Add your favorite toppings. We all know its the toppings that make the oatmeal. Add a scoop of peanut butter for some healthy fats. Or a sprinklin’ of coconut. Cranberries, sunflower seeds, granola and fresh berries are just some other ideas to get you going.
When all is said and done, there are still those days when I make stovetop oats. Because way back in my brain, I’ve convinced myself that this is the most pure take on a delicious bowl of oatmeal.
But then, I come back to my senses and realize that I don’t have the time to whip up a bowl of stovetop oats on a work day. And since the microwaved oats have shown their true, delicious self, I don’t have to.
Here’s to yet another delicious morning!