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Feb 23, 2011 08:54 AM

Raw Oatmeal?

New York Times' Mark Bittman, in an article criticizing McDonald's fruit and maple oatmeal for being too expensive and a poor nutritional offering, counters the argument that getting McDonald's oatmeal is more convenient than making your own at home:

"If you don’t want to bother with the stove at all, you could put some rolled oats (instant not necessary) in a glass or bowl, along with a teeny pinch of salt, sugar or maple syrup or honey, maybe some dried fruit. Add milk and let stand for a minute (or 10). Eat. Eat while you’re walking around getting dressed. And then talk to me about convenience."

I haven't tried this suggestion, but it sounds pretty ghastly.

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  1. I should note that I am an oatmeal lover.
    When I eat it cooked, it needs to be really well-cooked and really creamy.
    I usually ignore the "5 minutes over medium heat" on the Quaker Oats "Old Fashioned" carton label and let it cook for 15 - 20 minutes. At just 5 minutes, it is still too grainy for me.

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    1. re: racer x

      I know it sounds weird, but think about granola, or those famous no-bake oatmeal cookies. It's totally edible, and what he is describing was probably the first cold cereal!

      1. re: katecm

        i'm totally thinking of those school cafeteria no-bake oatmeal-chocolate-peanut butter cookies. man oh man, i loved those things!

        1. re: alkapal

          YES. Those. My college roommate's mother used to make them. I'd never had them before and loved them (my grandma's were the chow mein noodles with butterscotch, which I now want as well). I have never made them on my own lest I gain back that freshman 15.

          1. re: katecm

            i did make some a few years ago. they surely took me back to "cafeteria-land" when i tasted them.

            it is said that the sense of smell is closely linked to memories -- scents and odors being evocative. the sense of taste is so related to the sense of smell (in fact, almost totally dependent upon the sense of smell). it stands to reason why eating those little cookies brought back so many "mind-pictures."

    2. My husband has an almost nightly snack of raw oatmeal mixed with almonds, milk, and maybe some type of dried fruit. We both laughingly call it his horse food. I don't think he let's it sit and soak the milk up at all. Puts a new face on the term "granola" guy, doesn't it? He also eats oatmeal cooked the usual way, generally in the a.m.

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      1. re: sasha1

        With a little advance planning, you could set your slow cooker the night before so that you can have cooked oatmeal on the fly in the morning. Uncooked oatmeal is pretty pasty. It tastes uncooked. Some foods taste as good raw as they do cooked, but I wouldn't rank oatmeal up there. I suppose adding it to yogurt along with other "muesli" type ingredients would make it edible, but on its own, just with water or milk? I think not.

        1. re: sasha1

          I'm another horse, 'cause I love a handful of raw oats while I'm cooking a batch. Have done it since I was a kid (my mother thought I was nuts, but that's another story altogether!)

          1. re: pine time

            Same here. Sometimes I just add a bit of brown sugar, mix it and eat it out of a bowl, raw.

            1. re: sarahjay

              100% agree. I love raw oats with brown sugar and cinnamon, but I love raw things in general. It tastes pure--which is somehow alluring.

        2. mcdonald's can't win, can they?

          i guess it is just way too much for americans to be responsible for themselves.

          1. I mean, it's really just muesli that's not soaked as long, and muesli? Amazing, and super-nutritious. I can't wait for the weather to warm up so I can have bircher muesli for breakfast again -- it's so good, my mouth is literally watering right now thinking about it.

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            1. re: LauraGrace

              I guess I've got a project for tonight.

            2. Raw oatmeal isn't yucky. I squeeze some orange juice over it and mix it into my yogurt. It's good!