Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Oatmeal: A Girl's Best Friend

Good morning friends!  I hope your day is off to a great start.  Now, oatmeal and I weren't always friends.  I remember watching my grandparents eat it and cringing as an itty bitty girl.  Then, somewhere along the course of life, my outlook on oatmeal began to change.  If I'm remembering correctly, it was the summer that I lived at home while completing a year of A&P over one summer quarter - this is what happens when you switch your major too much and have to cram in classes :)  Anyway, my grandpa would make oatmeal for my grandma everyday - so of course I had to try.  Now I'm madly in love with oatmeal - whole grains and fiber are a great way to start your day.. oh and did I mention if you don't need gluten-free oats like I do (oats, while gluten-free, are often contaminated with flour.. wah) oats in a container are cheap cheap cheap.  You can get a HUGE canister at Kroger that will feed you for basically forever for about $2.99.

Perfect Oatmeal

1/2 cup quick oats (I use Bob's Red Mill - they're ELISA tested & gluten-free)
1 cup soy milk (or realize that your soy milk is almost empty and use half almond milk and half soy)
1 tsp stevia
A splash of vanilla
1 tbsp almond butter
1 tbsp 75-80% dark chocolate chips
1 banana, sliced

1.  Mix your oats, milk, vanilla and stevia
*tip for success - do this the night before, leave it in the fridge and your oatmeal will be less likely to explode - trust me it can and will happen if you don't pay attention*
2.  Microwave for about 3 minutes.
3.  Stir - microwave about 45 seconds-2 minutes.  Your consistency preference depends on you - if you want chewier oats stop microwaving earlier, if you not cook them a little longer.
4. Stir in your almond butter.  Top with chocolate chips and the banana slices.
5. Enjoy!
The possibilities with oatmeal are endless - including Monster Cookie Oatmeal - but that's a post for another day.  Take your favorite nut butter and favorite fruit and voila!  Breakfast at it's finest.

What's your favorite way to eat oatmeal?


  1. That Silk almond milk is the best...mmm! :) I love oats! I've been craving them lately. I know what's for breakfast tomorrow!

    I love my oats with coconut or almond milk and some type of nut for crunch! Brown sugar, too, please! Just a pinch!

  2. I've been eating oatmeal since forever..back in high school I loved chocolate chips in it, but now that I'm a grownup (ha) I like it either plain, always made with milk, or one of two ways:

    ground flax, walnuts and cinnamon
    plain almonds, honey and maybe some cranberries...