In a saucepan, bring 1-1/2 cups of water to a boil
Once the water has boiled, add the dry oats and the cinnamon stick to the water and reduce heat to medium-low. If you don’t have cinnamon sticks at home, no worries! Just sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon powder on top of your oatmeal once it’s cooked!
After 5 minutes add 1/2 cup of plant based milk to the saucepan and stir
Let the oats simmer for an additional 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent them from sticking to the pan.
Note: For runnier oats, add small amounts of water to the saucepan. For thicker oats, leave water as is and cook for an extra 1-2 minutes.
While oats are cooking, prepare toppings. slice the banana and strawberries to bite size pieces. I would also recommend roughly chopping your dates or other large dried fruit as they usually tend to be very chewy.
Once oatmeal has reached your preferred consistency, turn off the stove and remove the saucepan from the heat.
If you’re cooking for one - I would recommend storing half of the oats in the fridge and eating the other half now. The oatmeal should stay fresh up to 2 days refrigerated.
After placing oatmeal in your bowl, Add the fruit, nuts, and other toppings of choice, and enjoy!
Note: This recipe is a quick way to prepare steel cut oats. If you are short on time I would recommend this method; however, if you are able to, I would suggest soaking the oats overnight. Soaking oats and other grains and legumes allows the nutrients they contain to be better absorbed by our bodies.