If you’re looking for a healthy and simple breakfast, you can’t go wrong with oatmeal. Not only are oats a nutritious food that’s high in fiber and protein, but they also become a versatile food when turned into oatmeal.
There are lots of ways you can flavor and garnish your oatmeal to make it a bit different every time.
I’ll share with you simple step-by-step instructions for how to make hot oatmeal for breakfast, and you you’ll find that this is such a quick and easy dish to make that you will always have something you can whip up in a hurry for the first meal of the day.
Even if you don’t have long to get ready in the morning, there’s not really anything lengthy or complicated to making oatmeal.
It’s a comforting food that gives your body the nutrients it needs to get started in the morning. Oatmeal’s high carb, fiber, and protein content helps to energize you, kickstarting your digestive system and supplying constant energy that lasts for hours.
Instead of trying to get a quick sugary fix first thing in the morning, you can take advantage of the lengthy energy provision of carbohydrate-rich oatmeal.
It’s about the best thing you could have on a cold winter’s morning, and you can create different variations on the basic oatmeal dish to keep things interesting for many breakfasts to come.
How to Make Hot Oatmeal on the Stove
Stovetop oatmeal is my preferred method, because I like the level of control I have over the oats and how perfectly smooth and creamy they come out.
You want to start off by measuring out the oats and your liquids for the dish. You’ll be using a ratio of 1 cup of oats to two cups of liquid.
So, if you only want a half cup of oats, just combine it with a full cup of liquid. You can use water or milk, or you can use the two together. If you are using a cup of liquids, for example you can put together half a cup of milk and half a cup of water. For a creamier, richer oatmeal, use whole milk rather than 2%.
Start by pouring your liquid into a saucepan on the stove and heat on high until the liquid starts to boil. You can use the same method whether you are using milk, water or a combination of these.
If you are just making the oatmeal for yourself or maybe one other person, use a small saucepan, since you want the liquid deep enough to cook the oats in.
Once the liquid is boiling, you can turn down the heat to low and then add in the oats. Stir them in and keep stirring them gently as they cook, allowing them to stay submerged under the liquid as you mix.
Once the oatmeal starts to thicken and absorbs all of the loose liquid, it is done cooking. That should take about five minutes on low heat.
This method for how to make hot cereal oatmeal is quick and there’s not much to it. It’s important that you stay watching the saucepan of oats as they cook. You don’t want the liquid to burn off or the oats to not thicken properly.
Make sure all of them get cooked underneath the water, and keep stirring to ensure a smooth, consistent mixture.
Make Oatmeal in the Microwave
Do you want to know how to make oatmeal with water in your microwave? This is definitely the easiest method there is, and the oatmeal doesn’t turn out half bad either.
You can use the same ratio of liquid to oats that I gave you earlier, and feel free to use water, milk, or both. Place the liquid and oats together in a microwave-safe bowl that is large enough to accommodate them.
Mix the liquid and oats together and then rest the bowl in the microwave without a cover.
Cook your oats on his for 2 minutes, and that should be all they need. Give them a mix when they come out to distribute the heat evenly. If there is any liquid remaining in the bowl, it may disappear once you cook the oats.
If it doesn’t blend in seamlessly, though, you can always drain it off or cook the oats for a little longer.
If the oatmeal comes out a little dry and is not cooked all the way through, then you probably don’t have enough water in the bowl or the bowl isn’t the right size for the amounts of oats and liquid you are using.
How to Season Oatmeal
If you want to keep things simple with the seasoning, you can mix in just a little sugar with the oatmeal. Try about a teaspoon of sugar for every cup of oats. If that’s not sweet enough for you, you can add in a little more sugar.
Always add your seasonings in after the oatmeal has cooked completely. Try brown sugar as well to sweeten your oatmeal, and I occasionally like to use honey, sorghum molasses, and liquid creamer to make the oatmeal sweeter.
Another simple addition to the oatmeal is to top it with sugar and dried fruit. Try blueberries, cranberries, or raisins. You can also mix any of these into the oatmeal to spread them out and give your oatmeal flavoring all the way through.
Fresh fruit is a good addition as well, including bananas, peaches, strawberries, and blueberries.
You can change up the texture of the oatmeal by adding nuts, like pecans, almonds, walnuts, or peanuts to the dish. For a dessert-flavored oatmeal, try some chocolate and/or peanut butter in it. Feel free to try it with caramel, butterscotch, or chocolate syrup too for something a bit different and really sweet.
Now that you have some ideas and you know how to cook up oatmeal, you should be good to go. This simple food is really good for you and offers plenty of nutrients that will provide you with a breakfast you know will treat your body well.
What a great way to start off the day!