For the Love of Oatmeal

January 2, 2012 at 12:12 am 5 comments

It is hard to start a post that I am so excited about, and has been this long in the making! My roommate and I eat impossibly large volumes of oatmeal, and never get bored with it. This shocked and surprised our friend, who challenged me to make a different flavor of oatmeal every day for a month. A chance to try to pull an oatmeal hater onto my beloved breakfast bandwagon was something I could not refuse. My roommate and I immediately brainstormed some of our favorite classic combos, as well as threw out some ideas that were a little more out of the box bowl. The project took longer than a month, since some of the flavors took more than one shot to perfect, and since even I can’t eat oatmeal 7 days a week. (Shocked gasps are leaving your mouth, I just know it). But without further to do… 30 Days of Oatmeal!

Oatmeal

The picture links to a page that contains separate links to all of the oatmeal flavors. Some were inspired by the little instant oatmeal packets, such as Honey Walnut and Maple Pecan. Others are just classics that I turn to when I don’t want to think in the morning, like Apple Cinnamon and Peanut Butter Banana. Some are fun twists on desserts, like apple or pumpkin pie, and a few even hide some veggies! (Hint: Carrot Cake and Red Velvet Cake.) One, Raspberry Coconut, was inspired by a friend’s Facebook comment,. There are some holiday themed flavors, and some that are mild and simple for days that you don’t feel like a bold breakfast bowl. Basically, there is something for everyone! My mom, dad, sister, and roommate have taste tested and approved many, and I have loved them all.

I should get paid by an oatmeal company as their spokesperson, for I simply cannot rave enough about my favorite breakfast. It is cheap, it is healthy, and it can be so good – what’s not to love? Plus, oats are filled with fiber, which helps get rid of bad cholesterol (LDL) and boosts good cholesterol (HDL). Oats do not have to be bland or boring, as demonstrated above. They also don’t have to be packed with sugar to taste good. Most of my bowls were naturally sweetened with bananas or apple sauce, and flavored with spices and extracts. I like to cook my oats in a mixture of milk (I usually have unsweetened almond on hand) and water to add creaminess. This also adds a bit more protein to your breakfast to help it stick to your ribs longer. I have been known to have audible hunger growls on the bus on the way to school if I eat protein-poor cold cereal! I also like to cook a smaller portion of oats (1/3 cup) in a normal amount of liquid (1 cup) for a bit longer, which makes them softer and fluffier, and also gives some wiggle room for all of the add-ins to incorporate well.

Try one of the 30 flavors I posted, or make your own! Start with your oatmeal base, mix in some flavor from vanilla, cinnamon, or nut butters, add some fruit or jam for sweetness, and get creative! The options are almost endless, especially when you consider that oats are great soaked in milk overnight on warm days, or oven baked for really cold ones! Not enough ideas here for you? Check out the real Queen of Oatmeal at KERF, or CCK’s baked vegan oatmeal flavors! Jump on the oatmeal bandwagon, my friends – you won’t regret it.

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  • 1. Jens Mom  |  January 2, 2012 at 9:09 am

    This is an awesome post! Love how the pictures form a tapestry of deliciousness. You have given me some really good ideas to try out. I will have to make some fresh cranberry sauce today. Happy New Year! And thanks for encouraging me to be more creative and healthy in my eating.

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  • 2. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide  |  January 2, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Wow, talk about inventive. Some of these look downright gourmet.

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    • 3. homemadeadventure  |  January 4, 2012 at 1:14 pm

      Thanks! I know you aren’t an oatmeal lover but you might just have to give one a try ;)

      Reply
  • 4. WIAW My First Day as a Vegan « homemadeadventure  |  January 4, 2012 at 7:43 am

    [...] to enjoy for breakfast! (The oatmeal project that begin months ago is finally complete – check it out!) I kept it pretty simple with almond butter and dates stirred into oats cooked in water and almond [...]

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  • 5. Prlmeta4  |  January 5, 2012 at 12:28 am

    This is such a great way to reinvent and repackage some great desserts. Not high-maintenance either. :]

    Reply

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