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The Perfect Bowl Of Oats

July 31, 2018

Ah, the perfect bowl of oatmeal – a thing to behold.

When we’re sick, craving comfort food, or just want something extra hearty for breakfast, this is our go-to meal.

In the hundreds of times we’ve made oats, we’ve found some tricks that elevate the texture, flavor, and tenderness, and we’re stoked to share those with you today. Shall we?

Wood cutting board with steel cut oats, salt, maple syrup, flaxseed meal, and cinnamon for making a delicious gluten-free vegan breakfast

This recipe requires 4 ingredients, 1 pot, and simple methods to prepare.

Our top tip is to SOAK. Now, if you can’t find the time to soak your oats ahead of time, that’s fine. We’ve got shortcuts for you in the notes. But if you know you’re having oats the next day, the best way to get dreamy oats is by soaking them overnight in cool water.

Soaking not only softens the oats, but it also makes them more tenderquicker to cook, and easier to digest. In a side-by-side comparison, we found that unsoaked oats lacked that fluffy, creamy texture soaked oats provide. So, from here on out, we’ll be soaking.

Once they’re soaked, it’s time to cook. Simply bring oats to a low boil. Then reduce heat, cover, and simmer until tender.

A saucepan filled with freshly cooked perfect steel cut oats

Lastly, add in your sweetener of choice, along with cinnamon and flaxseed.

For toppings, we can’t resist our go-to Berry Compote (we add chia seeds at the end for thickening + healthy fats!), hemp seeds, nut butter, and banana. Seriously dreamy.

Using a wooden spoon to stir berry compote in a saucepan for the best gluten-free steel cut oats

We hope you LOVE these oats! They’re:

Easy to make
Naturally sweetened
& SO delicious

These oats make the perfect weekday or lazy weekend breakfast. They’re super versatile as well! In the fall, top with roasted apples. In the summer, go with fresh berries or compote. In the spring, go with oranges! The options are endless.

For more oats recipes, check out our Brown Sugar Pear Steel Cut Oats5-Ingredient Vegan Gluten-Free CookiesEverything Breakfast CookiesPumpkin Pie Oats, and Peanut Butter Overnight Oats.

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #minimalistbaker on Instagram. Cheers, friends!

Close up shot showing two bowls of perfectly cooked steel cut oats topped with fruit and nut butter

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