Friday, April 21, 2017

Chewy Granola or Skillet Oatmeal

We eat a lot of oats at our house for breakfast, between baked oatmeal, muffins, and granola.  And now I have another iteration of oats for breakfast!  

This recipe is from Fountain Avenue Kitchen, where Ann also calls this "chewy granola" and "not-mushy oatmeal."  But since the "mushiness" of cooked oatmeal doesn't bother me, I ignored that name to call this "chew granola" or "skillet oatmeal."

I love how quick this recipe is, and like a granola, it is endlessly customizable.  The texture reminds me of baked oatmeal, but without the need of an oven and eggs. Furthermore, sometimes in the morning, I want a soft chewy thing to eat instead of the serious crunch of granola.  Granola is too crunchy for Phoebe, but she can eat this oatmeal and loves it.

I'm sorry I only have one strange photo of the skillet oatmeal; breakfast time is a blur around here.  That's traditional crunchy granola in the big jar and and the leftover skillet oatmeal in the small jar, just to give you an idea of its appearance. 

People are busy around here, let me tell you!  Their projects overtake them at any time of day.

Skillet Oatmeal - serves 4

Heat to steaming and set aside (I do this in the microwave):
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup milk

In large skillet, melt:
2 Tbsp. coconut oil or butter

Add and saute together, stirring frequently:
2 cups rolled oats
1-2 Tbsp. brown sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. coconut, optional

Cook and stir until the oats are toasted and the sugar is starting to caramelize, a few minutes.  Pour the hot milk/water over the oats mixture and stand back - it will steam intensely.  Stir.  Cover pan and reduce heat to low for a few minutes until oats have absorbed the liquid.
Serve hot or room temperature with a dollop of yogurt, fruit, toasted nuts, etc.  Keeps in the fridge and reheats nicely in the microwave.

1.I use my 14" shallow pan for this recipe because as Ann explains, you want the liquid to barely cover the bottom of the pan and moisten the oats.
2. Quick oats would turn to mush in this recipe!
3. Ann uses just water for the liquid, but I like the creaminess of the milk and the protein match between milk and grain.


Tammy said...

That sounds so good, I'll have to try it! I have a recipe for "Golden Oats" which I posted on my blog a long time ago. If memory serves me correctly, my daughter didn't like this when I made it for her, but it has been a long time so I should try it again!

Here's my recipe:

e said...

It sounds good! I've never thought about cooking oats in a skillet...

Polly said...

Oh, I'm intrigued. I may try this on Sunday morning. I wonder if my children will eat it? They LOVE baked oatmeal.

That photo of Phoebe with the onesie hangin' and the little legs? Adorable. Does nothing to quench my Baby Fever. (the biological clock, she's sending out alarms!)

Nancy In Boise said...

I have made Amish baked oatmeal several times and it is really great, with apples, raisins, nuts and really tasty! I may try your recipe as well since I love oats.

AmyK said...

We like baked oatmeal as well, and this looks simpler - perfect for a school morning when I don't want something baking in the oven too long.

jenny_o said...

Sweet picture of the two girls.

What would we do without oatmeal? My life would be diminished :)