A few years ago, I started making oatmeal on the stove instead of in the microwave, and I haven’t looked back since.
I’ve always enjoyed oatmeal, ever since I was a kiddo. It was even one of my favorite pre-skating-practice breakfasts. It was filling without being heavy or unsettling and contained healthful ingredients that gave me great energy for my practice sessions and lessons. Over the years, I’ve continued enjoying oatmeal as a staple breakfast option. It’s jus so easy and affordable. I also love how you can whip up a bowl of oats even when you haven’t really been to the grocery store in awhile. Over the years, I usually made oatmeal in the microwave out of convenience, but when I started making oats on the stove, it was a big upgrade for me in terms of flavor and texture.
It takes a little more effort, but I find that every minute is worth it. And if you cook it on a low enough temperature, you can multi-task while it’s cooking away. I’ll often put the oatmeal on the stove and check some emails in between stirring.
And stove top oats also make a great base for some healthful toppings like those pictured below: ground flaxseed, sliced almonds, and hemp hearts. I’ll usually add whatever I have on hand, including stirring chia seeds into the oats while they cook. My favorite fruit to add is a sliced banana. There’s just something about the banana that seems to go so perfectly with oatmeal. Stir in some honey or even better – whipped cinnamon honey by Cloister Honey, and you have a simple but wonderful breakfast.
Now that it’s the new year, and people are looking to eat healthy, I thought I’d share my favorite way to make oatmeal – Classic Banana Stovetop Oatmeal. If you haven’t tried stovetop oats yet, what are you waiting for? Make this soon. Trust me, you’ll love it!
*Vegetarian, Vegan options*
- ¼ cup rolled oats
- ¼ cup rice milk (or milk of choice)
- ¼ cup water
- ½ teaspoon chia seeds, optional
- pinch of salt
- 1 banana, peeled and sliced
- ½ – 1 teaspoon honey (or whipped cinnamon honey or sub maple syrup for vegan)
- optional toppings: sliced almonds, ground flaxseed, and hemp hearts
- In a small non-stick pot, combine oats, rice milk, water, and chia seeds and stir together. Turn heat to medium low and cook the oats, stirring occasionally, until the mixture reaches your desired texture, approximately 8-12 minutes (depending on your preference).
- Stir in honey. Stir in banana. Cook until the bananas are warmed through. Serve and top with toppings of choice. Enjoy!
I don’t like my banana getting too cooked with the oats, so I like to stir mine in near the end and just cook them long enough to warm through.
The chia seeds and optional toppings are health-boosting add-ins that are easy to eat with oatmeal. Use your favorites!
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