This contest is now closed but please enjoy the post and recipes!
I hope you enjoyed our first post in our Back To School Series. Today we have a bonus post for you because September 2 is Grits for Breakfast Day!
My kids love hot cereal but sometimes these recipes can be time consuming because they require careful monitoring of the stove to make sure the pot doesn’t boil over or the food doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot. Constant stirring of grits or oatmeal can certainly delay the process of getting ready for school in the morning. So when I was introduced to the Lekue Oatmeal Cooker I was intrigued.
- Could I truly make oatmeal and grits in the microwave and still have them taste fresh and creamy like I was used to using stove top cooking?
- Would it really save me time in the morning?
- And even though it’s called and “oatmeal” cooker, could I use it for other things like grits, cream of wheat or porridge?
So I set off testing recipes and I’m pretty sure we had oatmeal or grits every morning in the office for at least a week! It was such a hit that each lady in our office ended up ordering their own and I ordered a second one as a birthday present for my brother who would eat grits morning, noon and night if he could!
What I discovered was amazing! Not only did the oatmeal, grits and porridge come out perfectly, but it was virtually hands free! With the help of two of my favorite Ankarsrum attachments, I was able to have hot cereal on the table in 5-15 minutes depending on the recipe and ONLY 2-3 minutes of that was hands on. The rest of the time was spent working on making lunch or packing backpacks while the microwave did its thing.
The two attachments I want to show you today are the Flake Mill and the Grain & Spice Mill attachments. We have all come to understand the flavor difference when using freshly ground coffee or making/buying fresh nut butters. The longer a food, that is full of natural oils, sits after being ground, the more likely it is for those natural oils to start going rancid and the food then has a stale flavor. The same is actually true of grains. So just think about the flavor difference of oatmeal, grits or porridge if you are cracking those grains open and cooking them right away. These two attachments make that possible.
The Flake Mill allows you to take oats in their whole/hulled form (these are known as Oat Groats) and roll them flat making your own fresh rolled oats. We actually covered this last year when we posted a recipe for Blueberry Muffins. The Flake Mill will actually “roll” any soft grain including rye, rice and soft wheat.
The Grain & Spice Mill allows you to crack grain open on several different coarseness settings. From course (cracked wheat) to a finer grit consistency. NOTE! This attachment will not grind grain fine enough for bread making. There are several dedicated home flour mills on the market that will give you the fine flour desired for bread making.
Lekue USA has generously said they would give an Oatmeal Cooker to one of our blog subscribers. You can find the details of the contest at the end of this post. Good luck and enjoy!
1/3 cup dried corn (this will grind into about 1/2 cup grits)
1 cup water
1 cup milk
2 Tbsp. butter
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup shredded cheese *add after cooking
pepper to taste *add after cooking
Attach Grain & Spice Mill attachment onto the Ankarsrum mixer base as directed in the owners manual. With a bowl set beneath the attachment, set the course/fine setting to #4, turn machine on with the speed knob set to about 3 o’clock. Once the corn has all run through, adjust the course/fine setting as fine as it will go. Run cracked corn back through the attachment until all has run through.
Place ground grits into the Lekue Oatmeal Cooker. Add water, milk, butter and salt. Whisk together, place lid on the bowl and place in the microwave. Cook on high for 10 minutes. Once time is done, carefully remove from microwave (CAUTION – bowl will be hot. Use oven mitts.) and gently remove lid being careful of steam. With a wire whisk, stir the cooked grits to remove any clumps. Allow to stand for 1-2 minutes. Add cheese and more salt or pepper to taste. Ready to serve.
Yield: About 2 – 2.5 cups
1/2 cup oat groats (rolls into about 3/4 cup rolled oats)
2 cups water (may use 1 cup water and 1 cup milk for a creamier oatmeal)
2 Tbsp. brown sugar (sucanat may also be used or any natural sweetener of your choice)
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 Tbsp. butter
Splash of vanilla extract
pinch of salt
Cranberry Almond Oatmeal: 1/4 cup dried cranberries + 1/4 cup sliced almonds
Banana Nut Oatmeal: 1/4 cup chopped walnuts (or pecans) + 1 medium banana, sliced
Tropical Oatmeal: 1/4 cup dried apricots (chopped) + 1/4 cup dried pineapple (chopped) + 1/4 cup dried coconut flakes + 1/2 tsp. orange extract
Attach the Flake Mill Attachment onto the Ankarsrum base as directed in the owners manual. Place the Lekue Oatmeal Cooker bowl directly under the flaker attachment. Turn machine on with the speed knob set to about 3 o’clock. Pour oat groats into the hopper and allow the rolled oats to fall directly into the Lekue bowl. Once all of the oats have been rolled, you are ready to proceed with adding the rest of the ingredients.
Place remaining ingredients directly into the Lekue cooker. No need to stir! Place lid on the bowl and place in the microwave. Cook on high for 4-5 minutes. Once time is done, carefully remove from microwave (CAUTION – bowl will be hot. Use oven mitts.) and gently remove lid being careful of steam. Stir with the provided oatmeal spoon and allow to stand for 1-2 minutes. Oatmeal is now ready to serve.
Yield: About 2-3 cups*
*Note: when adding additional ingredients like nuts and fruit, the yield will be higher
Gluten Free Hot Cereal*
Combine: 1 Tbsp. brown rice, 2 Tbsp. millet, 1 Tbsp. sorghum, 1 Tbsp. Quinoa = 1/3 cup whole grain
2 cups water (may use 1 cup water and 1 cup milk for a creamier texture)
1/2 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. butter
Attach Grain & Spice Mill attachment onto the Ankarsrum mixer base as directed in the owners manual. Place the Lekue Oatmeal Cooker bowl directly under the the grain mill attachment. Set the course/fine setting to the finest setting and turn the machine on with the speed knob set to about 3 o’clock. Pour grain mixture into the hopper and allow to run completely through.
Once ground, add remaining ingredients. Whisk together, place lid on the bowl and place in the microwave. Cook on high for 10 minutes. Once time is done, carefully remove from microwave (CAUTION – bowl will be hot. Use oven mitts.) and gently remove lid being careful of steam. With a wire whisk, stir the cooked cereal to remove any clumps. Allow to stand for 1-2 minutes.
Yield: About 2 – 2.5 cups
For Savory Flavor: After cooking, add 1/4 cup cheese and pepper to taste.
For Sweet Cereal: Add any of the ingredients from the oatmeal recipe above
*Corn and Oats by nature are gluten free. However, there are some cases where oats can grow too closely to the wheat fields and the farmer is unable to gaurentee they are gluten free. Even though corn is gluten free, there are a lot of corn allergies here in the US due to some corn being genetically modified. We recommend the use of Organic Corn when making grits. This GF Porridge recipe is meant to show you how you can use some of the popular GF grains to make a hot breakfast cereal if it is something you have been missing in your diet. Enjoy!
Ankarsrum Color featured in this post: Créme
The small dessert spoons were generously provided by:
Lekue Oatmeal Cooker Giveaway Rules
This contest is open to blog subscribers only. Follow the link at the bottom of the left hand tool bar to become a subscriber to this blog. If you are already a blog subscriber, then you are already entered to win this amazing item. This contest will be open until 9pm EST on Saturday September 3, 2016 and the winner will be announced on Sunday September 4, 2016. Good luck!