This oatmeal is so easy and so tasty, and one of my new favorite ways to begin the day. This oatmeal is so rich and decadent, it tastes like you might be spending a ton of calories on it, but really you aren’t and instead you are going with a very healthy alternative. I got this recipe for oatmeal out of my America’s Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbook and couldn’t be happier with it. I switched only one thing, just because I didn’t think that it was really necessary, which was using butter to toast the oats. The original version of the oatmeal comes to 190 calories, 3 grams of fat and 4 grams of fiber, my version comes in at 162 calories, 0.5 grams of fat and 4 grams of fiber. This basic recipe lends itself to so many different toppings like: walnuts, pecans, almonds, cranberries, strawberries, apples, raisins, orange zest, flax seed, honey, figs, brown sugar, bananas, cinnamon and the list could go on and on. All you have to do is make the oatmeal, top it however you like – just remember the calories for those toppings still count! For diabetics the great part about this oatmeal is there is no sugar added to it, so dress it however you like, but at least you have a blank canvas to start with instead of those oatmeals that contain a ton of sugar from the start.
Your New Favorite Oatmeal
3 cups water
1 cup 1% lowfat milk
1 cup steel-cut oats ( I like Bob’s Red Mill – but that is just a personal preference)
1/4 teaspoon salt
Bring the water and the milk to a simmmer in a large saucepan over medium heat. Meanwhile, heat a 12 inch skillet over medium heat and add the oats and toast stirring constantly until golden and fragrant about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Stir in the toasted oats into the simmering liquid and reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer gently until the mixture is very thick about 20 minutes. Stir in the salt and continue to simmer, stirring occasionally until almost all of the liquid has been absored and the oatmeal is creamy about 10 more minutes. Let the oatmeal stand about 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy topped with all of your favorite things, and relax first thing in the morning – you have already made a great choice!