I have a love/hate relationship with oatmeal. One the one hand, granola. Sweet, crunchy, and studded with nuts, I could happily eat it nearly every morning over yogurt or with a splash of milk (dairy or almond) and some dried fruit.
On the other hand, gooey, globby cooked oatmeal. I feel as though I must wolf it down scaldingly, straight from the pan, before it has the chance to congeal frighteningly. My mom rarely made oatmeal for breakfast, so perhaps I just never learned to love it during my impressionable years. We also overdosed on cooked oatmeal several years ago while trying to identify a few food intolerances in one of our kiddos-it was one of the few “normal” breakfasts we could have. Plus, I perpetually and predictably feel starved an hour after a bowl of traditional cooked oatmeal-same results for steel-cut oats, which offer better texture but still don’t seem to stave off hunger for long.
The solution to all of these oat woes? Steamed oatmeal. It offers both the substance of granola alongside the porridgy warmth of traditional stove-top oats. Plus, it cooks in the microwave in UNDER FIVE MINUTES! It’s quickness and irresistible chew mean you can enjoy this any morning you choose. Here’s how it’s done:
(makes one large or two small servings)
1 cup old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup water
Place your oats in a microwave-safe bowl and drizzle with 1/4 cup of water. Toss until each grain is moistened. Cover tightly. You can use saran wrap or these awesome silicone covers that I love (they come in multiple designs, but the hibiscus flower is my fav!).
Microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir to break up any oats that may be clinging together and drizzle with the remaining 1/4 cup water. Cover tightly again and microwave for another 1 minute on high.
If you feel like the oats need a tad more moisture, drizzle with another tablespoon of water and microwave for a final 30 seconds. They should be moist and chewy, but the grains should remain separate.
Sprinkle with cinnamon and salt, if desired, and enjoy with your favorite toppings.
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