my morning oats

if you come over for breakfast, most days (like 5/7) i will be stirring a pot of oatmeal.  i would much rather have a huge breakfast and smaller lunches and dinners and i find that oatmeal really holds me over until lunch.  for breakfasts i will usually be craving something hot, sweet, and creamy which is just the way these oats turn out.  obviously there are infinite ways to top, mix, and swirl into a plain bowl of oatmeal, the bowl here is something that i make typically every morning.  i can’t think of anything more delicious or nutritious!  if i go more than 3 days without my morning oats, i have a serious craving.

in regards to the type of oatmeal, i typically use rolled oats (not quick or instant) on most days, steel cut oats on long weekends, and ground steel cut oats (also known as scottish oats) when i remember to grind them.

for some delicious variations, look here.

some easy ways to mix it up:

stir in a big spoonful of pureed pumpkin for festive fall oats

vary the fruit topping (i really like berries in the summer, pear slices in the fall, and bananas year round)

adding crunch with granola or crispy cereal of your choice

crumbling part of a scone or muffin on top

pouring the hot (but cooled slightly) oats into a nearly finished nut butter jar for oats in a jar!  very portable and easy for travel.

 

everyday, anyday banana oatmeal

adapted from kath eats

this serves one hungry girl, increase or decrease if needed

1/2 c rolled oats (i do find that quaker oats make a creamier bowl but i usually use what is in the whole foods bulk bin)

1/2-3/4 c water (depending on if you like oats more liquid-y or not)

1/2 c milk (soy, almond, cow all work fine)

1/2 a banana sliced thinly (or sometimes i use a whole small banana)

1/2- 1 tbsp of ground flax or chia seeds (optional but add some extra protein, fiber, omega 3’s and make for a fluffier bowl)

pinch salt

spinkle of cinnamon, splash of vanilla

toppings and mix ins of your choice (in this case, the rest of the banana, shredded coconut, dried blueberries, sunflower seeds, and almond butter)

in a small sauce pan over medium high heat, bring the liquids up to a boil and add the oats, banana, salt, flax or chia, and cinnamon.  when it starts bubbling, stir very vigorously and sort of smush up the banana.  lower the heat a bit and keep stirring regularly until the liquid is all absorbed.  if the oats look a bit raw still, add some more liquid until the mixture is creamy and at your desired consistency.  the active cooking time is something like 8 minutes, from the moment you turn on the stove. stir in the vanilla (if using) at the end.  transfer to your favorite bowl and top with whatever you desire.

 

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3 responses to “my morning oats

  1. Liz

    Thanks for this! I’m trying to train myself to love oatmeal, and having another good recipe to try out is going to help me. I’ve only tried it two ways so far: made with water and with sultanas added while cooking (I liked it this way), and another type I made with 50/50 skim milk and water and with shredded coconut and dried dates added while cooking (I thought I’d love this, but I liked it less than the simpler mix). I’ll try yours out and I hope I’ll enjoy it. Oatmeal seems like a really ideal breakfast, and I like that your recipe ups the protein, too.

    • glad to help! i really do eat oatmeal nearly everyday and even if i wake up closer to lunchtime, i will still chose to make this instead. i have even convinced my boyfriend (a former banana hater) and he eats it nearly as often as i do! hopefully you will like it too! if you want some chia seeds (which are a fascinating ingredient to play with and exactly the same as chia pet seeds) let me know and i can bring you a sample.

  2. mary lyon

    hey em! this oatmeal looks wonderful and so healthy! im here with my mom and she usually sprinkles course ground flax seed on top of her morning oatmeal for a bit of extra fiber and taste! She likes the brand that comes from whole foods best. I thought you’d be interested! the blog looks so spectacular!

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