They're cheap, they're delicious, and they're healthy. It's arguably one of the most popular breakfast choices out there.

Oatmeals are quick and easy to cook, but finding ways to make them taste good is challenging.

Too much milk, you get an oatmeal that is watery. Not enough milk, you get a sticky, tough, and gluey oatmeal. A nightmare for your dishwasher.

 

How to get the perfect texture for your oatmeal

The key to getting a creamy, thick oatmeal is finding the right balance between the milk and the amount of oats that you put in.

As a rule of thumb, 2 cups of milk accounts for 1 cup of oats, and 1 cup of oats serves 2 people.

Pro tip #1: make your oatmeal with milk or almond milk instead of water.

Spice up your oatmeal

Instead of eating your oatmeal with plainly, spices can add a lot of flavor to your oatmeal.

Cinnamon, ginger, and fennel are good choices if you want to add to your oatmeal.

Pro tip #2: add some protein to your oatmeal like eggs or whey protein powder.

5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Cooking Oatmeals

1. Not knowing different types of oatmeal.

Every type of oatmeal is cooked differently, and there are four types of oatmeals: steel-cut oats, rolled oats, quick cooking oats, and instant oatmeal.

Steel-cut oats are best for breakfast. They are usually chewier, digested slower by your body, and take about 30 minutes to cook.

Rolled oatmeals are probably the most common one and take about 10 minutes to cook. The one that we use in the video is rolled oats.

And for the last two, quick cooking oats and instant oatmeals are pressed into thinner flakes and take about 2 minutes to cook. A good choice if you are usually in a hurry.

2. You cook your oatmeals with water.

Although water might save you some calories, you're missing out on important benefits that milk can provide. You can always opt for low-fat or soy milk that is low in calories yet rich in nutrients. Plus, milk enhances the overall taste and texture of your oatmeal.

3. You're eating prepackaged oatmeal that's flavored.

Although you might save a lot of time by eating flavored oatmeals, these kind of oatmeals are packed with sugar and other extra chemicals that your body hates. You're better off eating plain, instant oatmeals that are microwave-ready within 2 minutes.

4. You're not adding enough protein.

Oats contain only few grams of protein, and if you're eating it every morning, it's important that you start your day with meals that are high in protein. Mix in some eggs and milk while cooking your oatmeals, or simply add a couple spoons of protein powder so that you stay full until lunch.

5. You're adding dried fruits.

Dried fruits are packed with sugar, and instead of adding these, you're better off by adding sliced bananas, blueberries, and any other fruits that you love.

Watch how we make our chai oatmeal!

Chai Oatmeal

 Prep time: 5 minutes
 Cook time: 15 minutes
 Total time: 20 minutes
 Servings: 2 people

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup of rolled oats (or any other type that you desire)
  • 2 TSP of SIMPLTEA's Exotic Chai
  • 1 TBSP of honey

Toppings

  • Sliced kiwis
  • Sliced strawberries
  • Sliced almonds
  • Blueberry

Directions

  1. Whisk eggs with milk and oats in a medium saucepan, and cook it in a medium-low heat for 15 minutes (if you use rolled oats).
  2. While still whisking, simply add SIMPLTEA's Exotic Chai and bananas, then whisk again until you get your desired texture.

Now it's your turn to make some.


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