Are you wondering how to manage a Creamy Oatmeal Recipe, let me share my favorite method with you! It is simple to make and is perfectly creamy and delicious.
I have several oatmeal recipes I love that I also want to share with you. Blueberry oatmeal is at the top of my list of favorite oatmeal recipes, as are my cinnamon spice oatmeal, and Instant pot pumpkin steel-cut oats. If you want a recipe for whole oat groats, I have this recipe for you. Overnight oats are also a simple way to get ahead of a busy week.
What makes this recipe work?
Several things make this recipe work, its simplicity is the first that comes to mind. Oatmeal takes less than 10 minutes to make, and most of that time is hands-off. Even on busy mornings, this is still doable.
It is a hot way to start the day. In a society that has made grab-and-go cold breakfasts a standard, how about taking a few minutes to make a hot breakfast and sit down and enjoy it? It takes less than 10 minutes and hardly any hands-on time.
Oatmeal is a breakfast classic that almost brings some kind of nostalgia with it. I grew up eating oatmeal on the regular and maybe you did as well. This is a breakfast I hope will never go out of style.
- Oats- I will always prefer regular oats (old-fashioned oats) over quick oats (instant oats). Quick-cooking oats tend to turn to mush quickly, whereas regular oats will maintain their chewy texture. The types of oats you use will determine the texture.
- Milk- I like to use a blend of milk and water for my oatmeal. The blend makes the creamiest oatmeal. I use unsweetened almond milk, but you can use regular milk or plant-based milk if you like. Coconut milk is a milk that will also add delicious flavor.
- Salt- it only takes a pinch of salt, but don't forget it! Kosher salt is my preferred salt.
- Butter- The butter not only adds to the creaminess of your oatmeal but the flavor as well.
- Sweetener- There are so many ways to sweeten your oatmeal, but my 2 favorites are maple syrup and brown sugar.
How to make creamy oatmeal
While this is a simple recipe to make, let me share a few tips for crafting creamy oatmeal.
The first thing to know is you want to use a little more liquid than you normally do. Dry oatmeal certainly is not creamy oatmeal. Rather than a 2:1 ratio, I like to use a 2.25:1 ratio. This means if you are using 1 cup of oats, you will need 2 ¼ cups of liquid. It might seem like a lot of liquid, but it is the best way. I like to use half milk and half water.
The oatmeal should be cooked with nothing higher than medium heat. If you cook it on high heat, the liquid will absorb too quickly. I find medium heat to be just right. Keep it at a gentle simmer.
Cooking time will vary a little depending on the oats you use. Some will absorb more quickly than others, keep this in mind when you are cooking.
Butter will also add to creaminess, just be sure to add it after the cooking time.
Another thing I like to do is to let it sit for a minute or 2 after removing it from the heat. This will allow the let oats to finish cooking and absorbing the liquid without overcooking them.
While you might like plain oatmeal, it is good to mix it up sometimes. There are so many options for topping your oatmeal. Let me share some of my favorite toppings. What you add depends on personal taste, here are a few options.
Fresh fruits- Berries are my personal favorite when they are in season. I can never resist blueberries and raspberries in my oatmeal, I just love the flavors! Of course, bananas, apples, and other fruits are delicious as well.
Dry fruit- Raisins, craisins, dried apricots, and dried cherries add a nice little variety to your cooked oatmeal. They can either be added after the cooking time or during cooking. I like them at the end, but my husband prefers they are cooked with oats.
Nuts- pecans, walnuts, and almonds are our family's favorite but don't stop there. You can leave them whole, but I like them sliced or whole in the oatmeal.
Seeds- chia seeds are a great way to add in extra protein. Sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, and pumpkin seeds are also so good. Seed butter is also an add-in.
Nut butter- Peanut butter, especially natural peanut butter is a great addition to your oatmeal.
Spices- you can always add in spices you love as well. A cinnamon stick while it is cooking, or you can add in other dried spices as well. Nutmeg, ginger, cloves, etc.
Coconut Flakes- Toasting some shredded coconut or coconut flakes is a good way to add a great flavor twist.
Chocolate- I know it's a little unconventional, but for a chocolate lover like myself, it is so good. For a recipe like this, you can add about ½ cup of chocolate chips of your choice.
I also want to share a couple of baked oatmeal recipes in case you want to mix up your cooktop oatmeal a bit. This chocolate-baked oatmeal recipe is delicious. Maybe you don't want that much chocolate? If so, what about baked oatmeal with chocolate chips? It has chocolate, but not double chocolate.
Creamy Oatmeal Recipe
- 2 cups water
- 2 ¼ cups milk I used unsweetened almond milk
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 cups regular oats
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon optional
- 2 tablespoons butter
- Sweetener of choice
- Toppings of choice
- Bring the water and milk to a boil over medium heat.
- Add in the salt, oats, and cinnamon.
- Cook for about 5 minutes over medium-low heat until most of the liquid is absorbed.
- Remove from heat and stir in the butter.
- I like to let this sit for 2-3 minutes so the oats will finish absorbing the liquid.
- Spoon into your bowls and top as you like!