It would seem I have no imagination when it comes to choosing breakfast foods lately. I’m craving warm things, so the other morning I hit up my favourite oatmeal blog The Oatmeal Artist to find inspiration to go along with the pineapple on our counter.
What did I find?
Though I was most interested in trying the Carrot Pineapple Oatmeal, I was feeling a tad lazy and I didn’t want to grate a carrot. Now that’s laziness, folks. Plus there were some rather spotty and altogether too-yellow bananas on my counter that I couldn’t ignore any longer. So I opted for the Banana, Pineapple, and Chocolate Chip Oatmeal.
What did I change?
I doubled the recipe because, if I’ve learned anything in making the lovely recipes from this website, it’s that I almost always want the same exact oatmeal the next day. And I’ve learned that making oatmeal with steel cut oats makes for just-as-tasty oatmeal the following day. It was two glorious days in a row.
And I changed… absolutely nothing else… unless you count adding almond slices to the toppings at the end. This is an incredibly simple oatmeal recipe so I didn’t need to change anything. Again, my tendency towards laziness helped in selecting this recipe.
What did I learn?
I’m getting pretty darn good at making oatmeal, but this attempt proves that there’s always something to learn. Since I’d decided to double the recipe, I naturally gravitated towards a larger pot than normal. To my surprise, this made cooking the steel cut oats much faster since they didn’t boil over a few times and I didn’t have to adjust the temperature constantly to keep the stuff in the pot where it belonged. Instead, I was able to leave the dial where it was and keep with the stirring, and I was ready to eat in just over 10 minutes, where it normally takes me at least 15 to get those darn steel cut oats to a good consistency. So use the larger pot folks, even if it seems too big. I don’t know why I never thought of that before.
The only other thing I learned is that it’s hard to calmly take photos of oatmeal that have chocolate chips slowly melting and looking all gooey and delicious. Seriously.
Yummy oatmeal equals a satisfied Sarah! You may be getting tired of my eagerness to post oatmeal recipes. Part of me says, too bad for you, because oatmeal is where it’s at! But just for you, here’s a sneak peak of a recipe coming up!