Saturday, 17 May 2014

All About Oats and My Basic Oatmeal Recipe


Anyone who follows me on Instagram will know that I have a long-standing love of oatmeal. There's just something incredibly comforting about a big bowl of warm oats and there's so many different flavour combinations you can experiment with to ensure you'll never get bored. In fact, I've been eating oatmeal pretty much every day (sometimes even twice a day!) for over a year now and I'm still just as addicted as I was when I first discovered it!






'Oatmeal' is the name given to a porridge made from ground or rolled oats; 'porridge' is any dish made with a cereal or meal (such as ground oats) cooked in water or milk (or both). In the UK we tend to use the word 'porridge' to mean 'oatmeal', so it may get slightly confusing for international visitors! I'll always call it oatmeal on this blog though, to avoid any misunderstandings!

To those of you who would like to make changes to your diet in order to feel healthier and happier I recommend that you never skip breakfast. Even during sleep our bodies are still working so they continue to burn the energy (i.e. food) that we've consumed during the day; this means that refueling in the morning is extremely important, not to mention the fact that eating breakfast means you'll have more energy to get you through the rest of the day. Oats in any form (oatmeal, baked oatmeal, muesli, overnight oats, bircher muesli etc.) are a fantastic start to the day because they're a healthy source of carbohydrates which are excellent energy-providers. A bowl of oatmeal will also fill you up without making you feel lethargic or causing a sugar crash like most commercial cereals do, and it will keep you satisfied for hours (depending on your activity levels of course).

Some other benefits of oats are:
  • they're full of fibre which is key to a healthy and efficient digestive system
  • they've been found to lower bad cholesterol when eaten regularly
  • eating oats can help regulate blood sugar levels
  • research suggests that eating oats may decrease the risk of diseases such as breast cancer
  • eating oats may help reduce high blood pressure
  • studies have shown that eating oats regularly can reduce the risk of obesity
  • and last but not least, they're delicious and amazingly versatile!

You can read more about oats here and here.



My Basic Oatmeal Recipe


Ingredients
Serves 1
  • 1/2 cup oats (I use wholegrain rolled oats)
  • 1 cup milk of choice 
  • 1 ripe banana (optional but recommended)

Method

Put the oats and milk into a small saucepan, turn the heat up to the highest setting and bring the milk to a boil. Once it's boiling reduce the heat to the lowest setting and let it simmer for about two minutes, stirring occasionally, until it has thickened up a bit.

Cut the banana in half and mash one half into a pulp. Add this into the oatmeal and let it cook for another three or four minutes, stirring occasionally, until it's at your desired consistency. When it's ready pour it into a bowl, add your toppings (the other half of the banana is always good) and enjoy!


I'll be posting plenty more oatmeal recipes in the near future but until then here's a few simple variations of my basic recipe:



Lucuma Oatmeal: follow the basic recipe then simply stir in 2 - 3 teaspoons of lucuma powder (or to taste) at the end of cooking.


Banana-Mango Oatmeal: chop a ripe mango into small chunks and add it in with the oats and milk at the beginning of cooking, then continue to follow the basic recipe. You can use whatever amount of mango you like - I usually use anywhere between half and the whole thing.


Ginger-Raisin Oatmeal: add 2 tablespoons of raisins in with the oats and milk at the beginning of cooking then follow the basic recipe and stir in 1 teaspoon (or to taste) of ground ginger at the end.


Vanilla-Peach Oatmeal: chop one peach into small chunks and add it to the oats and milk at the beginning of cooking. Follow the basic recipe (you don't have to add the banana to this one if you don't want to), then stir in 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract at the end of cooking.
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8 comments

  1. Already tried the oatmeal and I am following your recipe..It is super delicious and I love it.. but I can't finish all of it and just it half bcause my tummy already feel full

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    1. I'm so glad you like it! It's definitely a super filling meal but that means it keeps you going until lunchtime :) xxx

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  2. I just made your basic oatmeal recipe for the first time and I loved it so much! So creamy and delicious! And I love eating such a satisfying breakfast so I am not hungry before lunch! Thanks for the amazing recipe!

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    1. I'm so glad you liked it, thank you for trying it! It's definitely a fab breakfast to keep you going all morning :) xxx

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  3. I've done it this morning, and OMG i love it! It makes me feel full :3 Thank your for all your recipes, keep it up!

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    1. I'm so glad you liked it! Thank you for trying the recipe :) x

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  4. i've done it today's morning for the first time, and it is awesome! though, i didn't use milk, because non-dairy milk costs way too much where i live :( by the way, have one question: i've read that it is not good to mix fruits with other food, what do you think about it? will it be okay to eat oatmeal with pieces of fruits every day? because that's for sure very delicious! :)

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    1. Aww no, that's so sad that non-dairy milk is expensive where you live :( I hope you enjoyed it anyway though! I've read that too but I do it anyway because I don't have any difficulties with it :) oatmeal with banana, berries and/or dried fruit is the best! x

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