I love me some oatmeal!
What I really love though, is my favorite oats in a creamy dreamy concoction that I have dubbed "Protein Custard Oats" ... a little similar to grits, if you like that kind of thing. :)
I am a fan of steel cut and old fashioned, but in a time crunch, instant oats work well, too. I love Trader Joe's gluten free variety, and that's what I'm using in this recipe, but feel free to use your favorite.
Step 1: Pour your dry oats into a bowl and cover with water until they just begin to float. Microwave for 30 second increments until 3/4 cooked, you still want them to be a little watery, see above top left photo.
Step 2: Crack two eggs into the mixture (or use 1/3 cup egg whites, I do this sometimes, too) and mix together well. Pop back in the microwave and cook again for 1 minute in 30 second intervals, stirring each time.
Step 3: See the bottom left photo, how they're getting that creamier texture and really getting fluffy? Allow to sit to cool for about 1 minute, this allows the egg to finish cooking as well.
Step 4: Now, stir in any of your favorites. Add more water if you like it less thick. I like to add cinnamon and nuts in my last 30 second cooking interval (I like toasted cinnamon and nuts, it lends a richer flavor). I added Almond Milk and toasted pecans to my final product, bottom right.
If you have any questions, please let me know!
These can also be made the old fashioned way in a pot on the stove, but again, if you're crunched for time, the microwave is my handy dandy go-to gadget.
If you buy pasteurized egg whites (meaning they can be eaten raw), another option is to fully cook the oats and to simply pour the egg whites in and stir. I like mine a little more "cooked" so I opt for microwaving them, but if you don't like the smell of cooked eggs, this is the way to go!
1. What did you eat for breakfast this morning?
2. Do you have a favorite brand of oatmeal?
3. Do you have a favorite type of oatmeal? Steel cut, instant, etc.
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