Oatmeal and Beyond...

Craig Emerson | Straw Propeller

Do you always have that container of oats around the house, tucked into the back of your pantry for chilly-morning breakfasts and the occasional batch of cookies? But more often than not, wind up tossing the questionably stale cereal long before you reached the bottom of the canister.


Luckily, like most whole grains, oats are remarkably versatile. You'll most commonly find them rolled—steamed and flattened for oatmeal—or sold as the longer-cooking steel-cut, or Irish, oats, which still have their fibrous bran attached. But that's just the tip of the iceberg...

Sure, you can mix some rolled oats with water, stick it in the microwave, and call it breakfast. Better than that, you can also add a few extras to make your morning fuel truly impact your day. 

Let's be real: There's a good reason why oatmeal cookies are the symbol for rolled oats. But cookies aside, oats can enhance a whole range of breakfast options for you and your family.