On a cold and wet miserable morning there is nothing better than making wonderful bowl of delicious oat to warm your belly before heading out into the freezing cold. Every autumn/winter I’m always experimenting in the kitchen in trying to make this rather humble ingredient more exciting and sexy!
I prefer my oats to be of a creamy texture rather than stiff and like glue, but that’s just me. Everyone’s idea of the perfect oats is different, but I’ve been asked quite a few times how I make my oats and I have to say I think they are pretty darn good.
Most mornings I make my oats the microwave for speed and they still retain that lovely creaminess if they had been made on the hob. One of my favourite ways to eat my oats is by whipping them or blending them in a food processor so that they go super thick and creamy…whipped oats are the best!
To make my version of the perfect oats I follow the 1/2-1-1/2 method of 1/2 cup of rolled or jumbo oats, 1 cup of water and then 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk. I first add the water to the oats and cook in the microwave for 2 minutes and then stir. Then I add 1/2 cup of almond milk and cook for a further minute and stir until well combined and creamy. I used this method to make my Chocolate and Ginger Oats at the weekend.
- 1/2 cup rolled or jumbo oats
- 1 cup of water
- 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tsp of ginger
- 1 tsp of ginger coconut sugar
- 2 tsps . cocoa powder
First add the water to the oats and cook in the microwave for 2 minutes and then stir in the ginger, cocoa powder and coconut sugar. Add 1/2 cup of almond milk and cook for a further minute and stir until well combined and creamy.
Serve hot and go crazy with the toppings.
By the way the only major difference between rolled and jumbo oats is that jumbo oats are rolled flat are coarser than rolled oats, meaning that they need cooking for longer.
Not only can you go crazy with the toppings and the flavour combinations but you can really up the ante by adding a protein kick to your morning oats. I’ve been experimenting with different protein powders and adding a whole egg to my oats. Check out this post for my version and method of making eggy oats.
Check out my recipe page for some more oaty recipe inspiration!
How do you make your oats? Do you prefer the hob or the microwave?
What are your favourite toppings for your oats?