I’ve always been weird about food textures. Case in point: cereal. When I was little, I used to race to eat it so it wouldn’t get soggy. And my soggy, I mean even a slight softening. As I got older, I wouldn’t put milk on it at all. I had a glass of milk on the side, and I would take a sip with each bite so that there was literally no chance for sogginess. I know. I’m a weirdo. It’s cool.
Enter oatmeal. In 28 years, I’ve never had a bite of oatmeal that I didn’t think was gross. It’s like boogers! It’s all runny and weird and goobery and I just can’t. But, I want to like it. All the cool kids are eating it! (if all the cool kids were jumping off a bridge…) I love oats, just not oatmeal. It’s a dilemma.
I gave overnight oats a try a couple weeks ago, and no dice. I made myself eat about half and then couldn’t take anymore. I shared my woes on WIAW and vowed to keep trying. Luckily for me, in the comments, Davida suggested steel cut oats. Game changer!
I did exactly zero research on whether they should be prepared differently. I just treated them like regular overnight oats. Here’s what I did:
- 1/2 c. steel cut oats
- 1/2 c. milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
- sweetener to taste (if your milk isn’t sweetened)
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
I mixed everything together and stuck it in the fridge in tupperware overnight. This morning, I heated it up a little. I know some people like it better cold, I think warm is better (maybe it’s just the weather). I topped it with banana and some more cinnamon. Delicious! Next time, I might decrease to 1/3 c. each of milk and oats. It doesn’t look like a lot when you mix it, but it was really hard for me to finish.
If you too have always hated oatmeal because of the texture, give steel cut a try. 🙂
Questions: Are you an oatmeal fan? Are you weird about textures? Any funny eating habits you want to share so I feel less alone in my weirdness?