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Creative Oatmeal Combinations

Creative Oatmeal Toppings from O Magazine

I want to love oatmeal.  I want to be the mom that sends my kids to school with a warm breakfast at least part of the time.  But honestly, I am just not a fan.  But after reading the 7 Creative Variations on Oatmeal in O Magazine this month I think there are at least two or three that I am going to give a shot.

Oatmeal 101
In a small pot over medium heat, combine 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup milk (cow's, soy, or almond), and a pinch of salt. Stir occasionally, until oats are thick, about 5 minutes. If indicated, stir in additional ingredients until warmed through, then pour into a bowl and add suggested toppings:

Blackberry Pie Oatmeal  (This is the one I am going to try first!)
Near the end of cooking, stir in 1/3 cup blackberries.
Top with: 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts, a few more blackberries, and 1 crushed graham cracker

Chocolate–Coconut Oatmeal (I like the sound of this too, but I am going to leave out the coconut)
Near the end of cooking, stir in 1 teaspoon cocoa powder and 1 tablespoon shredded coconut.
Top with: a few chocolate chips, 1 tablespoon slivered almonds, and a sprinkle of coconut

Fluffy Banana Oatmeal  (I will try anything with bananas at least once.)
Add a thinly sliced very ripe banana to oats at the start of cooking. As oatmeal bubbles, whip the oats vigorously with a fork until banana slices melt away.
Top with: 2 tablespoons chopped salted peanuts and a drizzle of honey

You can check out the other variations, Pumpkin–Cottage Cheese, PB&J Crunch, Bacon and Cheese, and Bread Pudding Oatmeal HERE.
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