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Cooking oatmeal for breakfast is easy

Updated on September 24, 2014

Creamy delicious oatmeal in easy steps

I make a bowl of oatmeal like this everyday for breakfast. Research has shown that oats contains a soluble fiber that may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Cooking raw oatmeal is actually faster than you think. I like my oatmeal gooey and creamy. The following is my pictorial recipe for basic oatmeal.


This recipe is for 1 serving

1/2 cup of Old Fashioned quick cooking Quaker Oats

1 cup of water

pinch of salt

sugar or sweetener of choice

1 egg

fruit topping (optional)

step 1: measure out 1/2 cup of dry oatmeal

I keep a plastic 1/4 measuring cup in my canister of oatmeal so I take two scoops without thinking about it.

step 2 : Add 1 cup of water

Starting with cold water first will result in creamier oatmeal. Add a pinch of salt. You may use milk instead for calcium. But watch the pot carefully as milk burns easily.

step 3: Cook on the stovetop on high heat

Oatmeal flakes will absorb the water and expand. Leave it until it bubbles.

step 4: Lower the heat to medium when oatmeal turn bubbly

Stir the pot and let it cook 2 minutes more.

step 5: Crack an egg into the oatmeal

Adding an egg is the secret to creamy texture. The egg also add protein to my breakfast. You may choose to leave out the yolk and just use egg white, but I haven't tried that before.

step 6: Stir egg into oatmeal until creamy

At this point I turn off the stove and let the residual heat to cook the egg.

step 7: Season with sweetener of choice.

I add a teaspoon of sugar to sweeten the oatmeal. Add cinnamon now if you plan on making cinnamon raisin oatmeal.

NOTE: in my effort to cut down white sugar, I've been using honey as a sweetener instead. The result still tastes great. I also stir in ripen bananas slices or diced apple chunks and its natural sugar helps flavor the oatmeal.

step 8: Remove oatmeal from stove

Oatmeal should be rich and thick, not watery or soupy.

step 9: Serve in a large bowl

You can serve the oatmeal as is or add fruit toppings. My all time favorite is banana slices.

So you've master cooking instant oatmeal

Graduate to cooking steel cut oatmeal

Steel cut oats is simply whole oat groats that have been sliced into smaller pieces (rather than rolled). It is whole grain, and it is a rich in soluble fiber and vitamins. Since steel cut oats is not as heavily processed as roll oats, it requires a little longer time to cook. It tastes a bit nuttier and the texture is a bit chewier with a great mouth feel. If you are ready to try steel cut oatmeal, I'd suggest trying Honeyville's steel cut oats.

So, do you include oatmeal in your diet?

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      chat2vishakha 4 years ago

      Excellent post.It looks really delicious.Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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      Spiderlily321 5 years ago

      Excellent lens. Featured on my lens called "what's in your OIAJ?" Thanks for sharing

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      it was really delicious i like it very much its yammy..............................

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I eat oatmeal regularly and usually sweeten with maple syrup or honey, but adding an egg is new to me - what a great idea! I'm always trying to find ways to add protein in the morning, so I'll definitely try that!!!!

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Yes, absolutely, I do. Mostly in the wintertime, though. I'm not much for hot cereal in the summer.

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      Kathryn Wallace 5 years ago from Greenbank, WA, USA

      Steel cut oats, and baked oatmeal! are a wonderful, filling breakfast. I just ate a bowl of steel cut oats with honey, almond milk, and fresh-picked blackberries from just down the road. Delicious and nutritious. Beautiful lens by the way, excellent job finding all the related products too!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Oatmeal is the way to go, quick and delicious.

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      MayaIxchel 5 years ago

      Very interesting, I had never heard of putting an egg in oatmeal. I will have to give it a try! Thanks for sharing. Greetings from 'the land of eternal spring'!

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      Carol Brooks 5 years ago from Florida

      Frequently! I had a bowl this morning with raisins and slices of fresh peaches in it. I sweeten mine with a little honey and a little stevia.Great lens!

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      rainbowruffles 6 years ago

      It looks delicious! I will have to try this. My instant breakfast drink isn't offering me enough flavor. Love the lens!

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      dilipsvarma 6 years ago

      tasty and healthy!

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      PippiDust 6 years ago

      It looks really easy and healthy. Thank you.

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      GreenfireWiseWo 6 years ago

      Great lens - I like the photos too. Thank you.

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      dani3l lm 6 years ago

      I eat oatmeal everyday with splenda it is wonderful

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      NYThroughTheLens 6 years ago

      So glad there are photos included in this lens. Nice job!

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      E L Seaton 7 years ago from Virginia

      No, I'm a grits eater by birth, southern heritage Yadda yadda, but, I don't begrudge those of you who do LOL. Nice job!

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      Stephen Carr 7 years ago from Corona, CA

      Just started eating oatmeal. I use the instant, but may switch. Looks really good.

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      WeirdStuff 7 years ago

      used to have a friend who had oatmeal every single morning!