Oatmeal is a dish that everyone has a misconception about. From afar, oatmeal looks unappetizing and is one of those “healthy” foods that children like to avoid. However, oatmeal can be really tasty once you learn how to make it right. It is healthy as well as tasty. Moreover, it is very easy to make. You can literally prepare oatmeal in as less as 15 minutes. And if you have the time, you can make overnight oats too. It is up to you, but it’s not time-consuming at all.
We are going to talk about how to make oatmeal with maple syrup today. There are various recipes for oatmeal and you can change it up however you want. But maple syrup tastes the best. So, let us look at a few oatmeal with maple syrup recipes.
Is oatmeal healthy?
Oatmeal is a type of food that is labeled as healthy and nutritious for you. It is what an ideal breakfast is supposed to be. But is it actually healthy? What makes oatmeal different from a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or a bowl of cereal? And what are the health benefits of maple syrup? If paired, are they the most healthy breakfast combination? Let us take a look at it.
Oatmeal, as we said before, is a very easy breakfast to make. You make it with water or the milk of your choice. However, oatmeal’s health benefits depend on the type of oatmeal you get. If you get packaged oatmeal from a convenience store, let’s say you will get processed oatmeal with all its nutritional qualities stripped. You need to buy loose oatmeal. Now, oatmeal is said to lower your bad cholesterol by 7 percent, according to research. It is also good for a healthy heart. Other benefits include controlling your blood sugar levels, provides with several antioxidants, and promoting weight loss even. If prepared well, oatmeal can make you feel full for long hours and successfully control your appetite in the best way.
Now, maple syrup. It is a typical breakfast option for a lot of people. Pancakes and maple syrup are the best combinations. But you should definitely try maple syrup with oats. It is sweet but with a kick. Once you pair it with oatmeal, you get all the added benefits. It lowers your cholesterol, betters brain function, and prevents the risk of nutrient deficiency. However, too much syrup can be bad for your gut and your teeth. So, use it in a controlled way to not adversely affect your health.
Cinnamon maple oatmeal
We talked about oatmeal and maple syrup and why we should have it. Now that we have taken care of the “why”, we should come to the “how”. Since we know how healthy oatmeal is, we will look at a couple of quick and easy recipes which make oatmeal very tasty to eat. Starting with this simple recipe, which incorporates maple syrup and cinnamon, a fan favorite.
One cup of old-fashioned oats. These oats are cut into flakes and take the least time to cook. So these are a good option if you are scrambling to make breakfast. Next, for one cup of these old-fashioned oats, you need two cups of water. Then, one-fourth tablespoon of salt and a pinch of cinnamon. Then half a cup of sweetened almond milk, half a cup of water, one teaspoon of chia seeds, one-fourth tablespoon of pure vanilla extract, and a tablespoon of pure maple syrup. These are all the ingredients we need. However, if you want to modify this recipe and add some fruits or other condiments, you can.
Now, to make the dish. Old-fashioned oatmeal, as we said, takes very less time to cook. So you are going to start with the almond milk, the water, and the vanilla extract. Keep stirring it until it is a bit thickened and then add in your oats and chia seeds. Chia seeds make the oats more substantial. Then add one tablespoon of maple syrup and your cinnamon. Mix well. Top it with any fruits or nuts. However, you can have it as it is too. Your oatmeal with maple syrup and cinnamon is ready.
Oatmeal with banana, maple syrup
This next recipe is pretty much the same as the one before, but it has the benefit of a fruit in it. This banana and maple syrup oatmeal is very healthy and tasty. It’s fibrous and a great option for breakfast since it keeps your gut healthy. Apart from bananas, you can customize this recipe with any fruit of your choice. Since oatmeal is a very versatile food item, it goes with almost anything. So, let us get into this recipe.
For this recipe, we are going to use the same old-fashioned oats. Take one cup of oats. Then two cups of water. Then add one and a half teaspoons of salt. Add your milk of choice. Oats taste better with almond milk. Then add two tablespoons of maple syrup and one tablespoon of cinnamon. Now, you need one or two bananas. You do not want to overpower the oats with the bananas, so keep it light. Chop them up into bite-sized pieces. The smaller the pieces, the better it tastes with your oats.
Start with a pan. Add your oats, water, salt, and cinnamon to the pan. Keep stirring until the oats are cooked properly. Once the oats are cooked, add the maple syrup. Keep stirring it in, then add some of the milk. Lower the flame and keep cooking it for a few minutes until you have the desired consistency. Then turn off the heat. Spoon it up in a bowl and let it cool. Drizzle the rest of the milk on top and add the banana pieces. Your oatmeal with maple syrup, banana, and cinnamon is ready.
Apple cinnamon oatmeal
This next recipe is a favorite fan recipe. Oatmeal with maple syrup, apple, and cinnamon is a must-have if you are trying new variations of oatmeal. It is a bit different than the other recipes. This is because you get the sweet and a bit sour punch from the apple, the woody aroma of the cinnamon along with the punchy aftertaste of the rich maple syrup. It is a breakfast packed with good nutrients and a plethora of flavors. So without further ado, let us get into the recipe.
As usual, take one cup of your old-fashioned oats. Take two cups of water for that. Of course, milk is necessary. And as we said, almond milk tastes the best, so take one cup of almond milk. Add salt to taste, half a tablespoon of cinnamon, one tablespoon of maple syrup, and one tablespoon of chia seeds. Now, for the apples. You can cut the apples into thin slices or dice them up into bite-sized pieces. You can use the entire apple or half of it.
Start with a pan. Take your oats, water, cinnamon, and salt. Keep stirring it until the oats are softened. Once it is soft, add in your almond milk and chia seeds. Keep cooking until they take on a thick consistency. Then take one tablespoon of maple syrup and drizzle it. Mix it well to get the best flavor. Once it is done, serve it in a bowl with an apple slice on top. Sprinkle some cinnamon powder if you want to. Your oatmeal with maple syrup, apple, and cinnamon is ready.
Maple and brown sugar oatmeal
This oatmeal recipe is a classic. If you are in a hurry and do not have time to experiment with a lot of toppings or condiments, then you must make this. This does not have a lot of ingredients, and you can easily make it in a few minutes. The best part about this recipe is that you can customize it however you want. It’s kind of a blank slate.
For this, you will need your usual old-fashioned oats. Take one cup of those oats and two cups of water, balancing the ratio. We all know by now that we have added almond milk. Next, you need one pinch of cinnamon, one tablespoon of maple syrup, and one tablespoon of brown sugar.
First, take a pan. Add your oats, water, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Keep stirring until the oats are almost softened. Then add the almond milk. Keep stirring it until the consistency is thick. Next, drizzle one tablespoon of maple syrup into your oatmeal. Serve it up while it is still hot. If you want some added nutrition, add some almonds and walnuts on top. It will compliment the sweet flavor well. Your oatmeal with maple syrup and brown sugar is ready.
So, we have come to the end of this blog. I hope that you found all these recipes easy to make. Once you make these, you will understand that oatmeal is very tasty and a very quick and healthy breakfast option. You and your family will love it a lot!