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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.


Emily Love said...

I've made that same statement. "I want to love oatmeal." Let me know if it works out, because so far I haven't found any flavor I like!

I also "want to love cucumbers" ...but I haven't figured that one out either.

Anonymous said...

I, on the other hand love Oatmeal,as do my kids. It started out as a cost-cutting measure since a canister of Rolled Oats is usually $3-4. Turns out my kids actually prefer it. I make mine with brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla. I've experimented with fruits, but my younger one doesn't like any chunks in his, so I tend to leave it out. I occasionally sneak in some finely chopped apples though. I will definitely be trying out some of these recipes, thank you!

Andrea said...

I like oatmeal, but I'm definitely open to changing it up. Great ideas!