Knowing how to cook oats is a must for any runner.
And the reason is simple. They are super easy to cook and they give you lots of goodies you need after a workout. And if you think that good ol’ oats are boring, think again. You can add any kind of toppings, from honey to chocolate chips to make them super tasty.
If you need some tips on how to make them, here are some ideas for cooking oats you will really love.
How to cook oats quick and easy
To get oats with a nice texture and great flavor, buy the freshest oats you can find. That mean, try to buy them from a health food store. If you buy them from the store, find the containers with the earliest packaging date.
Boil the water and then add the oats. If you are using the microwave, let the water boil first and then add the oats. Then, let them rest for about 5 minutes stirring a couple times every now and then. Add a little salt if you like.
The proportion is about 1 to 1, half a cup of water for half a cup of oats.
Once the oats are ready, it is time to add whatever toppings you feel like it. Honey and cinnamon powder make great topping if you are in a rush.
But if you have a few minutes, you can go wild with other really tasty toppings: brown sugar, sliced bananas, strawberries, peanut butter, jam, etc. Anything goes.
Of all places, at the QuakerOats website, you can find a nice section on how to cook oatmeal, plus good ideas for toppings. Take some time to experiment and find your favorite combination.
Here are some toppings ideas:
- Cherry Chocolate Crunch
Cook the oats and then add maple brown sugar, fresh cherries, chocolate chips and sliced almonds.
- Apple Berry Crunch
Top cooked oatmeal with maple brown sugar, sliced green apples, fresh sliced strawberries, fresh cherries, granola and your favorite yogurt. As for yogurt, I think you never can go wrong with vanilla flavor.
- Apple pie a la mode
Cook the oatmeal and then top it with a few slices of apple, crumbled graham crackers and vanilla yogurt.
- Strawberry Banana Parfait
Cook the oats as usual. Then for topping, add slices of fresh strawberries, banana slices, some granola and a few tablespoons of vanilla yogurt.
- Caribbean Dream Pie
To the cooked oats, add some crumbled graham crackers, some shredded coconut, a few slices of banana, a few slices of pineapple and some milk.
These are just a few ideas on how to cook oatmeal. But you should experiment and see what else you come up with. Basically, your imagination is the limit.
Plus, oatmeal doesn’t have to be sweet all the time. Scrambled eggs, diced ham, crumbled bacon, cheddar cheese… they all taste great with oats too.
What’s your favorite recipe?