What is the hype about this Delicious Creamy Oatmeal Porridge?
Studies show that this hot bowl of porridge does our body good.
One of the most common grains is Oats. Oats are eaten worldwide. Dietary fiber is found in oat grains. According to a study by Paudel, Dhungana, and Krishnan, the primary active compound in oats has been proven to lower cholesterol and have anti-diabetic effects. In addition, oat consumption helps prevent diseases such as atherosclerosis, dermatitis, and some forms of cancer. In agreement with this, Sang and Chu noted that oats’ nutritional benefits appear far beyond fiber because they provide potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
So the next time you are enjoying your Delicious Creamy Oatmeal Porridge, remember that it includes fiber and many other health benefits.
One of my go-to breakfasts is this delicious creamy oatmeal porridge.
There are various types of oatmeal, but I prefer to use steel-cut oats or rolled oats for porridge. While I use quick oats to make homemade oat flour.
Steel Cut Oats
You get steel-cut oats if you cut groats into two or three pieces with a sharp metal blade. They cook quicker than oat groats because water can penetrate smaller pieces more easily. Steel-cut oats are also sometimes called Irish oatmeal.
Rolled Oats – regular (old-fashioned)
Rolled oats (sometimes called old-fashioned oats) are created when oat groats are steamed and then rolled into ﬂakes. This process stabilizes the healthy oils in the oats, so they stay fresh longer and helps them cook faster by creating a greater surface area. My favorite brand is Red Bob Mills.
Rolled Oats – quick or instant
If you roll the oat ﬂakes thinner and/or steam them longer, you create quick oats and, ultimately, instant oats. The nutrition stays the same (these are all whole grains) but the texture changes – a plus for some people and a drawback for others.
The good thing about having so many choices is that everyone can get the taste they like best!
Creamy Oatmeal Porridge
- 1 saucepan
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup milk (plant-based or regular)
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup fresh strawberries (optional)
- 1 cup fresh blueberries /(optional)
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder (optional)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp flax seed (optional)
- 1 tbsp chia seeds (optional)
- 4 tbsp hemp seeds (optional)
- 1/4 cup walnuts
- In a saucepan bring water to boil. Stir in oats , chia, vanilla extract and cinnamon if adding. Reduce heat to low. Simmer, uncovered for 5 minutes stirring occassionally. Remove from heat and add milk; half cup at a time depending on the your prefeered consistency .Let stand for 2 minutes.
- Divide oats in two bowls. Top with nuts, berries, hemp seed. You can also add coconut pieces, and sweetners if adding: maple syrup, monkfruit, date sugar, syrup or paste.
I also love making this Delicious Creamy Oatmeal Porridge in my Instapot on the delay setting. In the morning, I have a nice hot, delicious, creamy bowl of oat porridge waiting for me. I use gluten-free oats and plant-based milk, preferably (homemade) oat milk. I also like to double the recipe and store the leftover in glass containers in the refrigerator for the next day.
Try this and let me know how you like it.
Look for my steel-cut oat version.
Paudel D, Dhungana B, Caffe M, Krishnan P. A Review of Health-Beneficial Properties of Oats. Foods. 2021 Oct 26;10(11):2591. doi: 10.3390/foods10112591. PMID: 34828872; PMCID: PMC8625765
Sang S, Chu Y. Whole grain oats, more than just a fiber: Role of unique phytochemicals. Mol Nutr Food Res. 2017 Jul;61(7). doi: 10.1002/mnfr.201600715. Epub 2017 Feb 22. PMID: 28067025.