Saturday, June 28, 2014

Kibble for humans

Just a non-cat-related tip for oatmeal-eaters like myself. When friend/adopter Gretchen was visiting a while back, she mentioned using maple syrup in her morning oatmeal. I had been eating the packaged stuff, knowing it wasn't all that good for me. After some trial and error, and way too much impatience to deal with cooking non-quick oats, I came up with the following "recipe" which has served me well:

Non-mushy, way-fast oatmeal

1/3 to 1/2 cup quick oats
1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
Maple syrup to taste (I use about two teaspoons).

Boil water in a kettle on the stove. Add to bowl with oats/flax/syrup. You will want more water than you would think you would. Stir
Pop in microwave for 15 seconds (no more). Stir and eat.

The flax seed keeps the oatmeal from turning into mush, in addition to being good for you.

Options: brown sugar instead of maple syrup (or no sweetener if you are into that), sliced almonds, etc.

I used to add a tiny bit of salt, but quite frankly I forgot it once, couldn't tell the difference, and never bothered adding it again.

Good stuff! You'll need to experiment with the water. Feel free to add your own oatmeal tips in the comments!


  1. My method is: regular oats (not quick-cook), skim milk, microwave for 2 minutes. Add raisins or banana, cinnamon, brown sugar. I tried pre-mixing all the dry ingredients to save time, but I always ended up with a lump of raisins. I'll have to try the flaxseed/maple syrup version!


  2. I'll need to try the regular oats. I also am told I should be buying steel-cut. Who knew oatmeal had so many options? At any rate, I'm glad to not be eating out of those little paper packets anymore