As it turns out, you can make FOUR kinds of oatmeal from one batch, and you’ll only have ONE pan to clean afterwards! This is valuable if you prepare your oatmeal for the week like I do, or if you are preparing for a group of people who all want different kinds of oatmeal.
The easiest way to do this is to pick a main ingredient or “theme” that the oatmeal recipes in common. For me, it was (surprise, surprise…) banana. My four bowls below are Banana Chai, PB&J, Lemon Poppy Seed, and Banana Bread.
Can you believe Lemon Poppy Seed and Banana Chai can come out of the same pan??
Here’s what to do:
- Start by preparing your oatmeal according to the directions. I used steel-cut oatmeal, so I used 4 cups liquid and 1 cup oatmeal.
- Let cook for at least ten minutes on medium or medium-low heat, stirring occasionally.
- If you have any ingredients that all recipes will have in common, add now (I added mashed banana). Don’t forget a couple pinches of salt!
- Once the oatmeal reaches the right consistency, scoop it out into the tupperware container you’re going to store it in one serving at a time. (If you’re serving a group, you can just put them into bowls instead of tupperware.)
- Add the ingredients for a specific recipe into one of the containers of oatmeal and stir it in with a spoon or fork. Repeat with other three containers.
- Done! Do not add special toppings (nuts, coconut, etc.) until serving.