I had a whole witty blog post written in my head this morning. It was going to be a Dear John letter to my old 5 minute oats (I finished a tub Friday), telling them that as much as I’ve enjoyed the last 6 weeks together, the relationship was just getting too messy (as 5 minute oats tend to explode in the microwave at work unless I stir them every 15 seconds for the last few minutes. Very high maintenance.)
So I was planning to inform 5MO that I was leaving them to go back to their brother, 1 minute quick oats. And also that I’ve been having a torrid weekend affair with their cousin, steel cut oats.
See? Hilarious. I was really proud of myself and my wit.
Then I got to work with my gigantic tub of 1 minute oats, ready to NOT make a mess in the microwave for the next 27 work days. I made them as usual, 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk. What a gluey mess! Goopy, textureless oat-glue. No wonder I used to feel the need to dump granola in there. I guess despite spending a whole $2.30 on a month’s worth of glue, I’ll be crawling back to 5 minute oats (wow, good thing I never wrote that letter) and I’ll just have to find some way to make them NOT blob all over the microwave.
I think it’ll all be okay, we had a good thing going and I suppose good relationships are worth working for.
This is my new go-to hearty breakfast if I want to be full a long time. I had this both days last weekend around 9:30 and didn’t even THINK about eating again until around 1. For me, this is a long time, because usually I eat little meals/snacks every 2 or 2.5 hours.
What you need:
your oatmeal of choice (ideally plain, and either rolled or steel-cut oats would be fine)
peanut butter (optional, but delicious. Other nut butters would probably also be good! The fat & protein probably do a lot to contribute to the fullness)
Peel & cut your apple into smallish, evenly sized pieces and put them in a microwavable bowl. Sprinkle a bunch of cinnamon and nutmeg on it. I always buy granny smiths, so I add maybe 1 tsp of agave nectar so it’s not so tart. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave for about 3 minutes.
Cook your oatmeal however you do. I usually cook steel-cut oats on the stove while the apple is in the microwave. Once the oats are cooked, add cinnamon and nutmeg, and 1/2-1 tbsp of peanut butter. Stir it up, and pour it into the bowl with the apple. The apple will be warm and soft and have cinnamon-y juice in the bottom of the bowl, which will sweeten your oatmeal just enough. Stir it up and enjoy not thinking about food for the next 4 hours. I wish I’d discovered this breakfast in the winter!