Options with Oatmeal

We love oatmeal at our house.  In fact, we probably eat oatmeal about five mornings a week.  In keeping with my goal of minimizing packaged food and consuming more minimally-processed foods, we either buy it in bulk (I love HEB’s bulk steel-cut oats) or in the 2.5lb canisters.  The best thing about oatmeal is that you can get very creative with it.  This morning we had the standard cinnamon-raisin oatmeal, except John decided he wanted sprinkles on it.  Colored sprinkles make even the healthiest foods go down easy!  I like to get the quick oats, mix them with filtered water, and then microwave for 60-90 seconds.  Voila!  Great texture and a great base for the following flavor combinations:

maple syrup and pecans or walnuts

cinnamon raisin (no sugar needed, it’s pretty sweet as is!)

lemon zest or extract (about 1/4 tsp) and craisins

molasses, cinnamon, and ginger (add just a touch of the spices for a gingerbread-cake flavor)

homemade jam, any flavor, and nuts


Get creative!  If you have a favorite muffin recipe or type of pancakes, just use those flavors in your oatmeal.  Still not convinced?  You can always grab your favorite pie filling and add that…or do my favorite combo when camping –  chocolate chips and creamy peanut butter…


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