The Best Oatmeal

Finished Product

We’re back!  We apologize for the delay in our blogging over the past few weeks. In a short amount of time we had to find a new place to live, pack up, move, and are still in the process of unpacking.  We are also just getting back from our trip to Sudan last week. Thanks for being patient with us!

Have you ever had really good oatmeal? I mean REAL oatmeal.  And I don’t mean the Instant stuff.  The reason we have the instant stuff is that it is convenient, but if you have the time, you really should try the real stuff.  Once you taste real oatmeal, you will always take time to make it.

This is an easy recipe, but it takes a little bit of time.

What you need

  • 2 Cups of Water (bring to boil)* (if you want your oatmeal more creamy,  change this to 1 1/2 cups of water and 1/2 cup of milk)
  • 1 Cup of Oatmeal
  • 1/2 Cup of Berries (Blackberries and Blueberries, strawberries are also delicious with oatmeal!)
  • 2 Tablespoons of butter
  • 2 Tablespoons of brown sugar
  • * 1/4 cup of Heavy Cream* optional

Bring the water to an angry boil.

Boiling water

For Oatmeal, we use John McCann’s Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal.  You can find it at Sprouts, Central Market, or Market Street. It can be a little pricey, but it lasts a long time, and it is worth it. I mean, the stuff won the 1893 World Food Exhibition, so you know it’s good.

Irish Oatmeal

Add the oatmeal to the boiling water, let it boil for 2-4 minutes, and reduce to a simmer for 25 minutes.  Consistently stir the oatmeal every 3 minutes until most of the water burns off, then constantly stir for the last 5 minutes so that it doesn’t burn.

Serve it up into two bowls equally.


Add the brown sugar and butter.

Brown sugar and butter

Add the berries.  Also, if you want to, add the heavy cream.

Finished product

This can be a really healthy meal or not, depending on how many sugary, buttery, fatty ingredients you choose to add.  If you want it to be healthy yet tasty, leave out the butter, brown sugar, and heavy cream. Sometimes we also like to add walnuts or pecans. This is also a great extra source of nutrition to make your oatmeal a little healthier. This is a classic breakfast that is very good and filling.


4 thoughts on “The Best Oatmeal

  1. Any brands that you would suggest that can be found at a Target or Albertsons? How different does the McCann’s taste than just a Quakers or similar? Thanks!

    • The difference between McCann’s and Quakers is vast. The difference is between just plain old oats and steel cut oats. I haven’t found any other particular brands that I like, but I have found another option. In some grocery stores they have the “buy in bulk” section, where they usually have steel cut oats that would work just as well as McCann’s. I hope you get to enjoy some delicious steel cut oats soon!

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