Oatmeal has a bad rap of being too boring, too bland and texture-less. This article is going to change your mind on that. Let's start off with the base, then deep dive into our topping options. We've got some fun protein-packed options along with dessert-inspired bowls.
What Type of Oatmeal Should I Choose?
There are 3 different types of oats you can use to make your oatmeal: rolled oats, steel cut and quick-cooking (or instant). Whichever option you choose, they all have the same protein and fiber content so take your pick! The only difference will be the texture. Rolled oats are a bit more chewy, while steel cut oats have an al-dente texture and takes a lot longer to cook. Quick-cooking oats come together in only a few minutes and is the easiest option for someone who needs to run out the door.
Eating oats plain jane (with water or milk) can taste pretty bland and we often hear people adding their entire pantry in order to make it taste edible. Here's what we suggest: start off with a premium base to ensure a superior flavor. With Mylk Labs oatmeal as the base, we already make a delicious base, so when it comes to adding toppings, it's hard to go wrong and you only really need the bare minimum for an easy, healthy and delicious meal.
How to Make Oatmeal Taste Good?
As someone who has eaten oatmeal every day for the last 8 years (not exaggerating), I'd say I'm pretty much an oatmeal connoisseur at this point. I've tasted some pretty gross instant oatmeal... and the main reason I've hated those options are because 1) too much refined sugar and 2) "natural" flavors. You can read more about if instant oatmeal is healthy here, but I'd recommend ditching the sugary artificial options and use real ingredients and getting creative with it!
3 Ways to Add Protein to Your Oatmeal
1. Nuts & Seeds Oatmeal
This ones pretty easy. Add in all the nuts and seeds you have in your pantry. Not only do you get a boost of protein and healthy fats, there's something about the crunch that's oh so satisfying!
2. Lazy Man's Protein Oatmeal
Just add your favorite protein powder to your oats (+20g), use soy milk instead of water (+8g) and top it off with some nut butter (+3.5g) for a protein packed breakfast!
3. Greek Yogurt Overnight Oats
You'll want to make this one as overnight oats because you don't want to kill the probiotics in the yogurt. Just soak your oatmeal overnight with your choice of non-dairy milk and in the morning, swirl in a cup of greek yogurt along with some fresh fruit to keep you full all morning.
If you want more protein-packed meal ideas, read our article on 5 creative ways to add protein to your oatmeal.
3 Ways to Turn Your Oatmeal Into a Delicious Dessert
1. Crème Brulée Oats
We like to use our Almond & Pink Salt oatmeal as the base and all you have to do is top it with some coconut sugar and torch it. It's essentially burnt sugar on oats. :)
2. Chocolate Cream Pie Oats
Take your pick for the base, swirl in 1/2 tablespoon of cacao powder and top it off with whipped cream (vegan if needed) along with some chocolate shavings. Literally heaven in your mouth. It's so good - you won't even know it's healthy.
3. Banana Cream Pie Oats
This was half inspired by Magnolia Bakery's banana pudding and half by our craving for a classic banana cream pie. Just crush some graham crackers to fill the base, top it with your oatmeal of choice (we like the Coconut & Cinnamon oatmeal here), add whipped cream (vegan if needed) and coined banana to finish. If you want to get real fancy, you can also add some toasted pecan pieces but it's delicious with or without it.
4. Peaches and Cream Oats
You choose: canned or fresh peaches and a dollop of whipped cream (cow's, oat, or coconut-- it's up to you). Sometimes, simple is best! This works well on any flavor so get creative with the base!
Hope you'll try these options and let us know how you like them! Make sure to tag @mylklabs and #NutsForOats to be featured. Enjoy!
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