If you get our weekly email, you know that we cook and eat based on blueprints. The first of our plant eaters’ blueprints starts at the beginning: breakfast. We eat some form of oats for breakfast 99% of the time. From cold to hot, raw to baked, here’s our advice on building a solid oatmeal breakfast.
Why eat oats?
Oatmeal is a whole grain which means it’s loaded with benefits: it keeps you full for longer periods of time with 4 grams of fiber per 1/2 cup, it’s linked to living longer, and it’s proven to reverse and prevent heart disease.
With oatmeal, you get to keep it basic (avoiding the additives and sugar found in many cereals), and it’s cheap! You’ll pay about 20 cents per serving. Who says healthy eating has to be expensive?!
K’s serving: 1/2 cup rolled oats (1/4 cup steel cut) + 1 cup fruit + 2 tbsp nuts/seeds + 1 cup non-dairy milk
J’s serving: 3/4 cup rolled oats (1/3 cup steel cut) + 1 cup fruit + 1/4 cup nuts/seeds + 1 cup non-dairy milk
Recipes + Tips
Do you like it hot?
The hearty, chewy texture of steel cut comes with a high price: it takes forever to cook! Our solution: throw a huge batch in the slow cooker and you’ll have an instant hot breakfast all week.
When slow cooker oats don’t happen, we make old-fashioned oats each morning. In an effort to remain on the couch drinking coffee (and avoid hovering over the stove), we use this method: put oats + water in pot, bring to boil, remove from heat, cover for 5-10 minutes. The result – chewy, textured, perfectly cooked oats.
A great option for people who prefer their oats a little drier. Eat it like a bar, eat it cold, or heat it up. We like it warmed up with a splash of milk. A few to try: Blueberry or Dark Chocolate Cherry.
Do you like it cold?
This one’s great for people who hate the soft, creamy texture of cooked oats. It’s simple: just treat old-fashioned oats like cereal! Pour some in a bowl with nuts and fruit and add milk.
Do you like it on-the-go?
Quick oats cook in under 2 minutes – great option if you’re in a hurry.
Trader Joe’s Frozen Steel Cut
We haven’t tried them, but people rave about the ease of popping these frozen single-serving oat packets in the microwave when they get to work. (You could also freeze your own for cheaper!)
Soak steel-cut or old-fashioned oats in water or non-dairy milk overnight to slash the cooking time.
DIY Oatmeal Packets
This is Kayli’s go-to breakfast when she’s traveling for work. Old-fashioned oats, dried fruit, flax, nuts & spices in individual zip-top bags. Heat water in your hotel coffee maker or grab hot water from a coffee shop. (For an extra kick of antioxidants, she adds 1/4 tsp turmeric to each bag. It turns the oats bright orange, but you can’t even taste it!)