If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you know that I LOVE oatmeal. More specifically, I love big bowls of organic steel-cut oats with yummy toppings. It is my go-to breakfast. Oatmeal is SOOO good because it tastes delicious, it is filling, it is healthy and it has an almost endless number of toppings to make it taste a little different each time. And today, I would like to share my Cinnamon Raisin Steel-cut Oatmeal recipe with you and provide you with a printable tutorial on “how to make the perfect oatmeal bowl” every time. 😉
Personally, I start with the same oatmeal recipe every time. My mother-in-law has been making a similar recipe for years and she is the one who got me hooked on this particular recipe. She is amazing. I feel like once you have discovered the perfect recipe, why change it up? Below is a picture of my simple, on-the-go oatmeal. Some fast-paced, busy mornings just require simple, almost-naked oatmeal bowls. 🙂
How to Make the Perfect Oatmeal Bowl Tutorial
- Make your “base oatmeal” recipe. So my “base oatmeal” recipe has organic steel-cut oats (I prefer the Bob’s Red Mill steel-cut oats ), water, almond milk, lots of cinnamon, and raisins. The actual recipe is below. This is my starting point. I often make a double or triple batch of this recipe so that I can save it in the fridge to have for breakfast throughout the week. Occasionally I will add unsweetened cocoa powder to make “chocolate oats,” which is totally delicious as well. My kids devour this oatmeal, so I make A LOT of it.
- Top with a dollop of nut butter. I usually add Justin’s Honey Peanut Butter. I love it. But you can also add almond butter, other flavored peanut butters, cashew butter, etc. All nut butters are pretty amazing. The nut butter is a total flavor bomb in the oatmeal bowl and boosts the protein as well. The healthy fats also help keep your tummy full so you don’t snack until lunch time.
- Add your choice of fruit. I rarely have fresh fruit, unless it’s summer time. So I stock my freezer with different kinds of organic frozen fruit during the rest of the year. I have found a new love for frozen raspberries on my oatmeal, but really, ALL frozen fruit tastes delicious. The frozen fruit softens just enough in the hot oatmeal to make it easy to eat and provides an excellent texture (not soggy). The fruit also adds that little bit of healthy sweetness that makes the morning just a little bit better. 😉
- Add some crunch. The crunch can be anything from granola, to chopped nuts, to unsweetened shredded coconut, to a chopped up protein bar, or even chocolate chips! Or all of the above! Adding this crunchy texture keeps your oatmeal bowl lively and interesting. Nobody wants a bowl full of mush. The crunch adds some wonderful flavors as well.
- Sprinkle on some extra nutrition. This could mean that you add chia seeds, flax seeds, protein powder, vitamin powder, probiotic powder, or whatever else you like to add on your breakfast for some added nutrition. Good idea, right?!
Now you are equipped to design your own delicious oatmeal bowl!! This recipe will not disappoint. Don’t be afraid to play around with your own recipe to make it exactly how you like it. And have fun with the toppings!
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The Perfect Oatmeal Bowl
This oatmeal recipe is the PERFECT base recipe for an oatmeal bowl. It has a balance of sweetness from the raisins with a burst of cinnamon flavor. Use this oatmeal recipe as your base and then get crazy with your toppings! Top with a nut butter, fruit and something with a crunch, and you've made the perfect oatmeal bowl!
The Oatmeal Base
- 2/3 cup steel-cut oats I prefer Bob's Red Mill
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup original almond milk
- 3 t cinnamon
- 1/3 cup raisins optional
- 1 T cocoa powder optional, for chocolate oats
The Nut Butter
- peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, other flavored butters, etc. I prefer Justin's Honey Peanut Butter
- frozen fruit, fresh fruit, dried fruit, etc.
- granola, nuts, dried coconut, chocolate chips, chopped up protein bar, etc.
The Sprinkled Nutrition
- chia seeds, flax seeds, protein powder, vitamin powder, probiotic powder, etc.