Oatmeal, Oatlmeal, Oatmeal!

I have previously mentioned oatmeal in several posts. I have even dedicated 2 posts to Oatmeal. One about the perfect diabetic breakfast and 1 about my husband’s favorite kind of oatmeal——CHOCOLATE! Well I have discovered many flavors that you might want to try. We help fight our cholesterol by eating oatmeal most EVERY day for breakfast. When you eat oatmeal that often you have to switch up the flavors to keep it interesting. So here are a few of my favorites! I hope this post will just get your creative juices flowing and you will be able to think of other varieties. Please let me know of any that you discover or think up because we would like to try them!

1) Chocolate Oatmeal – This is easy to make. You can use either raw cacao powder which is what I prefer because it is raw and the most antioxidant for your buck! It is so rich in taste that it makes the very best chocolate oatmeal, but for starters is you don’t have that you can use straight cocoa that has no other ingredient. (Raw cacao powder can be bought at Whole Foods or other health food stores OR on Amazon.com) First you put the amount of water you need (1 cup of water for every serving) in a medium sized sauce pan if you are making 2 servings or more. Then you add a little bit of vanilla and a pinch of sea salt if you want it. Then you start the water boiling. Add a GENEROUS heaping Tablespoon of cacao or cocoa to the water FOR EACH SERVING. Stir with a whisk until the chocolate completely dissolves in the water. Cook until oats are done. Remove from heat. Stir in preferred sweetener (AGAVE or HONEY). If you like banana and chocolate you can slice 1/2 banana into the bowl before you pour the oatmeal into the bowl. Yummy!

2) Chocolate coconut oatmeal – This is a slight variation if you want oatmeal that reminds you of a MOUNDS bar! You do the same as above, but while oats are cooking stir in some unsweetened coconut flakes and some Watkins coconut extract. When I do this I do not use the banana as a general rule.

3) One more variation of the chocolate variety! Chocolate Almond Oatmeal. Cook the oats the same way as above, but BEFORE you start the oatmeal cooking, chop up some raw almonds and then toast them in the oven for about 5 minutes. Take them out and stir them into oats while cooking! Yum!

4) Lorie’s Hearty Oatmeal: This oatmeal has many thing in it! It is a very hearty breakfast. Cook oatmeal as directions call for. Add water, salt and vanilla. Then put in a generous amount of cinnamon (extremely good for blood sugar issues), a couple of sprinkles of nutmeg and a large pinch of cloves. Put oatmeal in the water and add a handful or two of raisins, and IF YOU HAVE ANY, a handful of frozen cranberries (or fresh). Add English Walnuts or Pecans for real flavor and good Omega 3’s! Cook until oatmeal is done. Add pure Grade B maple syrup and a little agave or raw honey. This will certainly stick to your ribs as grandma used to say! Very very hearty and very yummy!

5) Blueberry Oatmeal. Cook oatmeal as directed and throw in a handful of frozen or fresh blueberries for every serving and cook along with the oats. In my opinion this is one place where frozen blueberries are better than fresh! This oatmeal turns bluish purple and kids LOVE IT!

6) Bananas and Honey Oatmeal. This is a real treat and makes you truly feel like a kid again! Mash 1 banana for each serving of oatmeal. Cook oatmeal as directed and add a little vanilla to the water. After the oatmeal is about done, stir in the mashed bananas and finish cooking. Take off the heat and stir in raw honey and eat! it is like banana nut bread but totally heatlhy! You can add a few nuts of your choice if you like! If you had black walnuts on hand and you like them this would be a good place to use a few!

7) Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal: A personal favorite of mine! (but not Lyle’s) This one is called BOATMEAL!

BOATMEAL (baked oatmeal : )

for 2 (cut everything in half for one serving)

1 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon (best is Vietnamese)
1/4 tsp nutmeg
sweetener such as 2 TB maple syrup or 1-2 packets Stevia
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup milk (non dairy preferred) coconut or almond
1/4 tsp salt
Optional: 1-2T oil or favorite nut butter (coconut oil or butter for those who use butter)

Options: raisins, walnuts, brown sugar for the top

Preheat over to 380 degrees

Combine raw oats, spices, pumpkin and milk.
Pour into a small baking pan, or loaf pan. Cook for 20 minutes, or more until it gets firm. Finally, set your oven to “high broil” for 3 more minutes, or until it reaches desired crispy-ness ( or simply just bake longer, but broiling gives it a nice crust)

8) Plain Oatmeal with fruit. This oatmeal is very easy but so yummy. When I have fresh seasonal fruit (peaches, blueberries, black berries, strawberries, raspberries, etc) I cook oatmeal according to package directions, maybe at a tiny bit of cinnamon or whatever spice sounds good with whatever fresh fruit I have. I cook the oatmeal, add that spice(s) and use a little agave nectar or honey to sweeten it and put fresh fruit on top of my choice and stir is all up! This is a great summer oatmeal choice, and SOOOO EASY!!!!!

I hope this post (long overdue) will be helpful to you in your journey to better health through nutrition, or JUST BECAUSE IT TASTES SO GOOD!
Happy Breakfast!!

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