I used to hate oatmeal. I thought it was so disgusting. One time, I ate Peaches ‘n Cream (from the box) oatmeal and I gagged. I think it was that particular flavor, but over time, I got used to oatmeal and one day loved it. Now I make my own oatmeal, full of berries, nuts, and spices. It’s delicious, warm and comforting, especially on cold winter mornings.
You can use this base (oats, milk, water) and make variations of your own – add in bananas, dried fruits, almond butter, anything. I made this version and was greeted with a “Mmmm…good…” from my sister-in-law. Here are some more oatmeal possibilities for you – change it up!
- Pina colada oatmeal: Unsweetened, shredded coconut + diced pineapple + vanilla extract
- Comfort-in-a-bowl oatmeal: Almond butter + dates + cinnamon
- Banana bread oatmeal: Banana + walnuts + unsweetened, shredded coconut
- Apple pie oatmeal: Cubed apples + walnuts + cinnamon + pinch of nutmeg
- Carrot cake oatmeal: Grated carrot + raisins + walnuts + brown sugar + vanilla extract
Oats are a fabulous whole grain. Not only are they chock-full of soluble fiber, they can help lower your cholesterol. Additionally, they can help maintain blood sugars and prevent diabetes. Oats can help maintain your weight by keeping you fuller longer – longer than those sugary cereals out there. They’re good at also decreasing your blood pressure, and can reduce your risk of heart diseases and strokes. Full of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, oats will also keep you regular, if you know what I mean (I’m sure that will make you happy!).
What do you like to put in your oatmeal?
Spiced Fruit & Nut Oatmeal
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup fat-free milk
1/2 cup water
3 oz blackberries
1 tablespoon sliced almonds
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
pinch of salt
1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine all ingredients. Bring to a simmer, then turn down the heat to medium-low. Cook for about 5 minutes, then serve.