You would be amazed how many people don’t know how to make oatmeal the old-fashioned way. Since we buy our oatmeal in bulk there isn’t a recipe on the package, either. I thought I would share our recipe that we use. When I making this for me, I completely omit the syrup and sugar. Instead I sprinkle nuts ground with cinnamon on top. I know that there is a lot of cream in this. One thing that helps to slow down how quickly your body metabolizes carbs, is to add fat. In the same way that slathering a piece of bread with butter reduces its glycemic load, adding dairy to oatmeal slows things down , as well. The cinnamon will also help your body regulate sugar.
Oatmeal — the way I make it.
3 1/2 cup water or milk
2 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup cream or substitute (coconut milk)
2 Tablespoons maple syrup or honey (another syrup can be substituted like apple or cherry)
2 Tablespoons brown sugar (if you don’t want to use sugar you can use all honey)
2 Tablespoons dried fruit or 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh fruit (optional)
1/4 cup chopped nuts + more for sprinkling on top. We like pecans in oatmeal.
In a medium saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add oats, fruits and nuts. Cook until tender which can take anywhere from 5-10 minutes depending on the thickness of your oats. Remove oats from heat and stir in other ingredients.