Sunday, January 9, 2011

5 Ways to Spruce Up Oatmeal

Overnight Oatmeal
Photo by Bonus recipe here!

Oatmeal. Common staple of the breakfast table. Plain. Boring. Often eaten only under duress, or with a grim sense of determination. ("I will lower my cholesterol, I will eat more fiber, I will I will I will")

It doesn't have to be this way! Oatmeal can be delicious. And fast. And still healthy. (Er. Sometimes.) Think of oatmeal as a blank canvas, just waiting for you to spruce it up.

I'm reluctant to even call these recipes. They're fast and easy enough to be done while you're still waiting for the coffee to brew. My basic formula for oatmeal is 1/2 cup of oatmeal (quick oats, natch), covered with 1/2 water, and microwaved for 2 minutes. Getting the water level right is such a personal thing. Experiment. Sweetener is another personal choice. My default sweetener is agave syrup. Now, the fun parts!

1. Apple Cinnamon

Dice 1 small apple. Add to oatmeal, and nuke as usual. Once cooked, add a few shakes of cinnamon, and the sweetener of your choice. OR. If you're feeling like you need a little something extra...a spoonful of caramel sauce. Ah. Maze. Ing.

2. Mango

Add 5 or 6 frozen mango chunks to the uncooked oatmeal. Nuke for 2 minutes as usual. Add sweetener, and a bit of cardamom to the cooked oatmeal.

3. Almost-a-muffin Blueberry

Add frozen blueberries to the uncooked oatmeal, cook as usual. Add cinnamon, sweetener, and about 1/2 tsp. of vanilla to the cooked mixture.

4. Tea-Riffic Oats

Okay, this one isn't mine. And I haven't tried it yet. But it sounds amazing! Head over to (never home)maker's blog for the recipe!

5. Cranberry Oatmeal

Mix in 1/4 cup of dried cranberries and 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract to the uncooked oats. Cook, and then add sweetener (and perhaps a pinch of cinnamon!) to taste. Oh, the yum.


Eerika said...

I had oatmeal for breakfast today, it was apple & cinnamon flavoured. :) Over here you can get flavoured quick-oats in handy protion-sized packets (they occasionally have seasonal flavours and all!) that you just stir hot water into and you're done! It's even easier and quicker than cooking your porridge in the microwave, for all of us who are of the slightly lazy bent. :D
I love oatmeal porridge and I actually eat it plain with just sugar on top a lot. The super quick-oats are for when I can't be bothered to break out the pots and pans. I'll be trying that tea-riffic recipe soon though, it sounds really yummy!

Claire said...

Oh, those are good! We have those little packets here, too. ^_^


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