Lisa Lansing

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How to cook oatmeal on the stovetop

I’ve been having oatmeal almost every day for breakfast or lunch. It’s cheap, filling, and tasty. I also enjoy it because it allows me to be creative with plating. 😉

Making oatmeal on the stovetop is easy and only takes a few minutes. I use a ratio of one cup of oats to two cups of liquid. Lately, hemp milk has been my milk of choice but soy milk is nice too. I’ve made oatmeal with two cups of soy milk before but it was too rich for me. Instead, I use one cup of milk and one cup of water.

I heat up one cup of hemp milk and one cup of water in a large pot (or medium-sized pot, if you have one!) until it starts to steam. Then I add one cup of oats, turn down the heat a bit, and stir with a rubber spatula. I stir the oats only for a few minutes, just until they’ve absorbed most of the liquid. I transfer them into a bowl, let it cool slightly, and decorate it with my favourite toppings.

That’s all it takes! You can modify your oatmeal any way you like. Try cooking it in other non-dairy milk or even a fruit smoothie. Stir in a scoop of jam or peanut butter into the milk as it warms. Throw in a handful of fresh or frozen berries into the milk as it warms or into the oatmeal once it’s cooked. Drizzle some agave syrup on top or sprinkle on some coconut flakes, chia seeds, or cocoa nibs. And don’t forget to decorate it with some sliced bananas or berries. 😉 The possibilities are endless!

Alternatively, if you don’t have time to whip up cooked oatmeal in the morning, try making overnight oats instead. The night before, set aside a cup of oats and your favourite non-dairy milk in a jar or sealable container. Let it sit in the fridge overnight. By morning, the oats will have softened after absorbing some of the milk. The amount of liquid you add depends on how creamy you want your oats to be. Overnight oats won’t absorb as much liquid as oats cooked on the stovetop, so try using less than a 1:2 ratio of oats to water and see how you like it! Try adding some cinnamon, nutmeg, dried ginger, dried cranberries, or chia seeds into the jar. Yum!

Oats are so versatile and incredibly cheap! I buy a kilo bag of oats from Tesco (the cheapest bag they have!) for £0.75. These are just as delicious as the pricier varieties. 😉 I expect to get ~13 servings out of this kilo bag, so we’ll see if my math holds up. A litre of Good Food hemp milk costs £1.10 and gives me just over 4 servings. So each meal (not including my toppings) only costs around £0.34! And even with a few strawberries and banana slices on top, it’s still incredibly cheap.

Tag me in your oatmeal photos on Instagram if you’re oatmeal-obsessed like me. 😉

What are your favourite ways to eat oats?

I haven’t experimented with savoury oats yet. Have you?

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