What’s your favorite way to prepare oatmeal? For me, a nice long simmer on the stove for some steel-cut or rolled oats is ideal. However, I can barely get myself out the door in time to beat the rush down I-75 most mornings, so cooking oatmeal on the stovetop each morning is out of the question. That’s why I came up with the workaround I mentioned in the Steel-Cut Oatmeal recipe I posted previously: I cook a big batch on the weekend, and then divvy it up to microwave at work throughout the week.
Quick-cooking oats zapped in the microwave are another solution. Even instant would do in a pinch. But I haven’t resorted to these since I discovered this nearly effortless method of cooking oatmeal in a thermos!
For this recipe, a jar-style thermos is best. I got this one on the clearance rack at Kroger for about $5 so I could try out this recipe. I’d like to upgrade to a steel model sometime soon! All I need to do is mix up my dry ingredients in the thermos the night before, microwave the liquid just before leaving the house, and by the end of my commute I’ve got a hot bowl of oatmeal!
A food jar-style thermos like this works best for this recipe.
- 1/3 cup rolled oats
- 2 tbsp raisins or other mix-in
- a sprinkle of cinnamon
- 2/3 cup water or milk (I use Silk unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
- Combine the oats, raisins and cinnamon an insulated container that can hold about 10-12 oz. You can do this step the night before to simplify things in the morning.
- Microwave the liquid until just boiling, about 2 minutes.
- Carefully pour the liquid into the container and close tightly.
- Get in your car, drive to work, open the container and enjoy your oatmeal! (Driving optional. Let the oats “cook” about 30 minutes…you can’t really overcook them in the thermos though, so it’s fine to let them go longer than that.) You may have some extra liquid left in the thermos; mix it in or pour it off if it bothers you. Try using more or less liquid until you find a consistency you like.