Being Puerto Rican I have only eaten oatmeal cooked on the stove with milk, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla extract with a pinch of salt.
Than being said now that I started this new change of mine I haven't touched the stuff because I have no idea how to make it without it becoming high calorie. I tried to make it with water and it was the consistency of glue, LOL...not to mention it tasted awful, so my question is, when you make oatmeal, what brand do you use and how do you cook it? How can I make it "safely" while tasting good?
Aha! Splenda...totally forgot about that! And do you just use regular Quaker oatmeal?
I seriously made glue when I used the microwave at work, it was hilarious! Since I am a teacher, one of my students suggested I make it into a sculpture
I will have to experiment then, I've never had it with anything in it so this should be interesting!
I always add 1 tbsp ground flax seed, 1 tbsp pure maple syrup and at least 1/4 tsp cinnamon. I find the pure maple syrup makes it sweet enough that I don't have to add sugar. Most days, I'll add a 1 tbsp of Bob's Red Mill powdered soy protein isolate. Other than that, I add one of the following:
pumpkin puree + raisins + a pinch of nutmeg; apple sauce; dried cranberries; 1/4 cup blueberries; 1/2 chopped-up apple; raisins alone; chopped almonds; strawberries; dried cherries; 1/2 mashed up banana + 1 tsp cocoa powder, etc.
Or you could make instant oatmeal in packets... which is not as fun or nutritious!
Ok I am definately getting some steel cut oatmeal this weekend.
I love pecans, are they bad to add to the oatmeal? By the way what is oat bran?
The instant oatmeal is the one I made, I think I'll stay away from it!
Oat bran cooks like rolled oats but it maintains more of the whole grain, making it more nutritious: http://www.nutrasanus.com/oat-bran.html
Be patient with steel cut oats. The first time I made them, I put in 3 parts water to 1 part oatmeal and it took forever to make! Now with 2 parts water to 1 part oatmeal, it only tastes about 10 mins to be cooked to my liking but you'll have to stir it occassionally to make sure it's not too dry.
Here's how I make it:
On the stove:
I let 1 cup water & 1/2 cup skim milk come to a low boil. Then I add 3/4 cup oats (Quaker oats), 2 tsps brown sugar and 20 raisins. Then cook it until it's the desire consistency - 5 mins?
In the microwave:
I throw all of the above ingredients in a large bowl with slightly less than 1 cup of water (I like mine a little thicker). Then in the microwave it goes for 3 1/2 minutes. I make sure there's a plate under the bowl because it almost always overflows.
For your desired consistency, you just have to watch it and take it out when it's how you like it.
I make my oatmeal for my wife and I (2 portions) with:
1.75C soy milk (makes it creamier in my opinion)
1C quaker oats
4tsp brown sugar
cinnamon to taste
Slice a banana on top when it is just about done and mix it in just before serving so it is warm but not mushy.
This is delicious for us and comfortable amount of calories for us!
I love oatmeal and eat it several times a week (recently ate it everyday for almost 5 months!). I can whip up a mean bowl of 400-calorie oatmeal. But it doesn't have to cost you that to be delicious. I eat both old-fashioned Quaker and organic steel cut (from King Arthur) and love both, but the steel cut I like better for the more substantial texture and "bite." The glue-like texture is more common if you cook it in the micro, if you cook it too long, and if you don't put in enough liquid. You also need to stir it once during cooking. Also, if you let it overflow, a lot of your liquid gets lost, and this will also make it goopy.
Rolled oats do come out much better on the stovetop, but it does take a bit longer, not much. I do rolled oats at a 2:1 ratio of water to oats, with 1/2c dry oats to 1c water. If you start with super hot water (from the tap), it really doesn't take very long to crank the heat and get the water boiling on the stovetop, and then stir in your pinch of salt and oats, reduce heat to low, set your timer for 5 minutes, and stir occasionally. If using fresh or frozen fruit or applesauce, etc., decrease your water amount slightly unless you prefer a thinner oatmeal, because these will release extra water when you add them, particularly if you add them in while cooking.
The steel cut, while excellent, does take longer to cook. However, I recently read a "trick" online somewhere (don't think it was here, don't remember where, sorry), to decrease the cooking time, and it works like a charm! Put your desired amount of steel cut oats in a bowl, cover with ENTIRE AMOUNT of cooking water (I use 4:1, so 1 full cup of water to 1/4c dry oats). Put a lid on it and stick it in the fridge overnight. In the morning, pour it all into a saucepan, bring it to boiling, reduce heat to low, and cook for 10 minutes. Stir occasionally. That's it. It comes out perfect, just like the "traditional" 30-minute method.
You have to stir your oatmeal while cooking, at least once or twice. You have to cook it at a low heat once it has come to boiling. You also need to use a timer. If it still sticks on you, at the end of cooking, take it completely off the heat and cover tightly with a lid for 1 minute. The steam buildup inside the pan really helps release the stick. This works for both old-fashioned and steel cut oats. Keep in mind, though, that if you use too little water, cook over too high a heat, cook too long, and don't stir it, your oatmeal is going to scorch and stick, and this cannot really be fixed. Some of it may come unstuck, but the taste and texture are still going to be off (think of the taste/texture of anything "boiled dry.")
As for keeping the cals down, lots of ways to do this. Any dried fruit or nuts you add really spike up the calories quick. Use these sparingly or not at all (the nuts are not a waste because they are healthful and will help keep you feeling full longer). Chop or break your nuts into fairly small pieces, it will seem like there are more in there, and you can get a piece in almost every bite for under 100 calories, much less if using almonds. Cook your oats with water only and add milk, yogurt, half&half, etc., at the end. Cook your oats until they have almost all the liquid absorbed, so your add-ins won't get diluted. Two tablespoons of 2% milk mixed with 1/2 tbls. of cream or 1 tbls. of half&half and drizzled over the top is pure heaven and only costs you about 40 calories. Some low-fat or FF yogurt mixed in is also delicious, for a minimal calorie addition.
If your goal is to keep the cals low, of course, avoid adding things like dried fruits, choc., PB, butter, and cream cheese (unless using FF). Fresh or frozen fruits (or canned pumpkin!) are your best bet for keeping cals low, and 1 to 2 tsp of honey or pure maple syrup also shouldn't break the bank and will make a delicious oatmeal. You can also add 1 or 2 tsp of SF dry pudding powder to add flavor, thickness, and sweetness, for barely any addition of calories.
Sorry this is so long, but I really love oatmeal!
OMG!! I love oatmeal! So I eat regular oatmeal almost every day and my favorite is this recipe
1 banana cut up
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
water (cover the oats and banana just eye it)
and a splash of ff milk
just mix everything but the milk and microwave for about 1.5-2 mins. Taste great like banana nut bread!! Mine normally comes out a bit thick so thats when I add the milk! Enjoy!
Great ideas thank you!!! I actually made some today with skim milk instead and some applesauce and it was pretty good! And it kept me full and I swear I exercised better because of it...LOL
I never thought to add a touch of cream to it....thanks!
I use 75g oats and 200ml skimmed milk, 1 banana and a bit of cocoa powder.
sometimes I have applesauce or something else in it but banana is my favourite :D
I usually dip crisp cold apple pieces in it, and i love topping it with cottage cheese or yogurt, or mixing thru banana.
I do something different every day for it. Once I added cream cheese, splenda and lemon juice at the end and it tasted like cheesecake. so decadent that I dont do it often or i feel like i'm eating dessert for brekkie.
Here's an entire list of ideas (not sure how many of them are low cal, but substitutions may work for most of the high cal recipes):
I'm going to have to try this one sometime:
- 1/2 cup instant oatmeal
- 1 envelope of instant cocoa mix (I would use the sugar free stuff)
- 1 and 1/2 tsp peanut butter
- 1 cup water
- dash of salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Combine all ingredients in a medium sauce pan. Cook over medium heat until thick and all ingredients have intermingled (about 3 minutes).
u can try my grandma low calorie recipe..put oats into normal temp water for a while..then cook it with the right amount of water in slow fire..when it starts to boil a little,mess with it!(stirring slowly)until its done..i like it,with or without honey or other sweetener..XD
try (not al at once):
raisins, frozen berries, unfrozen berries, banana, peanut butter, flavoured yogurt, cereals, dried fruit, vanilla extract, splenda or chocolate milk.
im sure there's opther conbos i've tried but forgotten, the possiblities are endless!!
I have it every morning. Quaker Large Flake oats (not instant). Put 1/2 cup into the pot with 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup milk and pinch of salt. Bring almost to a boil and then lower to a simmer for about 7 minutes....delicious. I have mine with a tablespoon of lo-sugar jam or fresh fruit and a bit more milk. This is a super healthy breakfast.
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