Oatmeal

(Avena)

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Oatmeal was not my favorite food growing up as a child until I moved to Puerto Rico.  My aunt, Paulita, would prepare this creamy oatmeal in the mornings before I left for work or school.  My stomach was so content in the mornings whenever I had oatmeal for breakfast.  Her oatmeal was very creamy and tasty because she added a pinch of salt and sugar to the small rolled oats.  I definitely fell in love with oatmeal!

Learn About the Different Types of Oats!

When you remove the tough outer part of the oats, you will expose the whole oat seed or grain known as oat groats.  These whole oat seeds are then processed into a variety of oats:  Steel Cut Oats, Old Fashioned Rolled Oats and Instant/Quick Oats.

The Steel Cut Oats are chopped into several pieces.  They cook longer and have a chewy texture.  The Old Fashioned Rolled Oats are steamed and passed through rollers to flatten the whole oat seed.  The cooking time is much quicker than the Steel Cut Oats and they absorb more liquid.  When cooked, it has a thicker consistency just like my husband enjoyed as his oatmeal as a child.  The Old Fashioned Rolled Oats are known for making delicious oatmeal cookies.  The Instant/Quick Oats are precooked, dried and rolled thinner (passed through the rollers several times).  Therefore, the oats are much smaller and they cook much faster than the Steel Cut Oats and Old Fashioned Rolled Oats.  In addition, the Instant/Quick Oats have a creamier texture just like we enjoy it in the Puerto Rican culture.

I purchase Quaker Avena Instantánea – Instant Oats at the supermarkets.  However, you may select the brand of your preference.

How to Make a Creamy Oatmeal!

Pour milk into a 1-quart saucepan.

Add the instant oats (small rolled oats).

Stir until the small rolled oats and the milk are well blended.  Simmer and stir occasionally.

Once the oatmeal starts to thicken (you can see the oatmeal thickening around the edges), you continue stirring until the oatmeal forms a creamy texture.  

When the oatmeal completely forms a creamy texture, serve hot in two bowls.  You can sprinkle brown sugar and ground cinnamon on top of creamy oatmeal.  It takes approximately 10 minutes to cook the oatmeal.

I do not add salt nor sugar while cooking the oatmeal because I sprinkle brown sugar and ground cinnamon after the oatmeal is cooked.

Click on the button below to watch my YouTube video on How to Make Oatmeal (Avena)!

Recipe and Nutritional Facts

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Oatmeal


  • Author: Aida's Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 2
  • Cook Time: 8
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 Servings 1x

Description

This creamy oatmeal is so satisfying when served hot for breakfast.  Sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon for a sweeter, cinnamon flavor.


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup instant oats (small rolled oats)
  • 2 cups skim milk (or milk of your choice)

Instructions

  1. Pour milk into a 1-quart saucepan.
  2. Add the instant oats.
  3. Stir until the oats and the milk are well-blended.  Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the oatmeal forms a creamy texture.
  4. Serve in two bowls and sprinkle with brown sugar and/or ground cinnamon on top of the creamy oatmeal.

Notes

I do not add salt nor sugar while cooking the oatmeal because I sprinkle brown sugar and ground cinnamon after the oatmeal is cooked.

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Cuisine: Puerto Rican

Keywords: Oatmeal

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