Starting a cold winter day with a bowl of warm oatmeal is deeply satisfying and nourishing. The high fiber content fills you up, and the warmth soothes your soul. There is a reason people in cooler climates have been eating oatmeal as their first meal of the day for decades.
This recipe uses two different styles of oats to create oatmeal that is both creamy and toothsome, and therefore much more satisfying than a one-texture bowl. McCann’s Irish Oatmeal is my favorite brand of Irish oatmeal, and they offer several different types of oatmeal—this recipe uses the original Steel Cut (not the Quick and Easy five-minute cooking version) and the Quick Cooking Rolled Oats to create that perfect balance between creamy and chewy.
Warm Breakfast Oats
Adapted from “English Porridge” by April Bloomfield, A Girl and Her Pig
3 cups skim milk or almond milk
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup steel-cut oats
Maple syrup or brown sugar to taste, if desired, for sweetness
- Bring the milk and salt to a low boil, and slowly add the two kinds of oats. Stir well.
- Simmer the milk and oat mixture for 20 minutes, stirring frequently and checking to make sure the oats do not stick to the bottom of the pan.
- Serve with maple syrup or brown sugar, if desired.
- Simple Rolled Oats Oatmeal. Eliminate the steel-cut oats, and double the quantity of the rolled oats. Your cooking time will decrease to about 5 minutes.
- Warm Breakfast Oats with Toasted Walnuts. Serve the Warm Breakfast Oats with a handful of chopped, toasted walnuts.
- Warm Breakfast Oats with Cinnamon and Raisins. Add 1/2 cup raisins to the pot when you add the oats, and then top each serving with a dusting of cinnamon.
When reheating oatmeal on the stovetop, add a few tablespoons of water to the pot to prevent the oatmeal from sticking. This trick also works well when reheating thicker food substances, such as stews or pasta sauces.
The soluble fiber from oatmeal may be associated with a lower risk of heart disease, and there is promising evidence that it helps to lower blood cholesterol. Oatmeal is also low in calories, high in fiber, and high in B vitamins. It is a great food to add to your morning routine.
If you choose to make the Warm Breakfast Oats with almond milk, consider including some protein to create a more balanced and satiating meal. One or two tablespoons of peanut or almond butter stirred into the Warm Breakfast Oats, or a side of a hard-boiled egg or Greek-style yogurt are good options.