Most days, I eat oatmeal for breakfast and since I am not a ‘morning person’, it has to be easy. Now comes the dilemna…..I prefer the chewy texture of steel cut oatmeal and it takes 30 minutes on the stovetop. So I used to make a pot at least once a week and then heat up single servings in the microwave. Wait….oatmeal works great in the microwave…..so now I make a large bowl in the microwave in 10 minutes. There is one trick: the bowl has to be big enough so the oatmeal doesn’t boil over or you’ll have a sticky mess in the microwave.
Adding different flavors and textures to oatmeal is really easy & you can use whatever is on hand. Typically my base recipe includes a cinnamon stick, raisins and maple syrup. But I have also used cranberries, dried cherries, figs, or any dried fruit. In fall I usually use pumpkin pie spice or chai spices. This week I was on a chocolate kick, so I added cocoa powder to the base recipe. Now that is a great way to start the day !!
Each morning I fill a coffee mug with oatmeal from the fridge & stir in a bit of water or soy milk. Before I microwave it for 1 minute, it is flavor creation time. Add frozen blueberries, mango or peaches and then top with slivered almonds, pumpkin seed or any nut you like. After it is heated, I have added coconut or a sprinkle of granola for crunch and sometimes peanut butter. You can try cran-apple, apple-caramel or banana-nut. In an exotic mood, add fresh berries & white or dark chocolate chips. Want to go extra healthy, add a tablespoon of flax meal. Go crazy & create your own favorite flavors. It can make breakfast fun as well as easy.
MICROWAVE STEEL CUT OATMEAL
1 part steel cut oats
4 parts water
cinnamon or other spices, maple syrup or dried fruit as desired
Combine all ingredients in a large, microwave safe bowl that is at least twice the volume of the amount of water, e.g. if using 2 cups water you need a 4-5 cup bowl.
Microwave on high for 10 minutes. If you want drier oats, microwave an additional 1-2 minutes. Store leftovers in fridge, reheat in microwave for 1 minute. NOTE: If your microwave allows you to alter the power level, use less than ‘high’ to reduce possibility of boiling over.