Oatmeal for people who hate oatmeal

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!

steel cut oatsThey don’t turn to mush! It’s a miracle!

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?

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15 comments on “Oatmeal for people who hate oatmeal

    1. BusyBod Post author

      Definitely do! They are really different and so good.

      And thanks!! I’m super excited. I’m hoping it works out, and I have you to thank since I learned about them from you in the first place 🙂

    1. BusyBod Post author

      Yes! If cereal was meant to be soggy, it would be made that way. And it isn’t, ’cause that’s gross. Definitely give steel cut a try 🙂

  1. Shawn @ Fruity 'N' Nutty

    I am obsessed with oatmeal, I basically eat it every day. 🙂 So glad you’ve found a version you like!

    Well, I don’t like eating anything with tiny bones or seeds, but that mostly has to do with laziness. So I guess I’m weird in the sense that I’m uber lazy. 😛
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    1. BusyBod Post author

      Definitely give them a try! Although I’m sad that textures keep you away from so many delicious things! Although I guess that’s probably what other people think when I tell them I won’t eat oatmeal or mushrooms or jello… 🙂


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