Oatmeal, How I Love Thee….
Nothin’ says lovin’ like a luscious hot bowl of old fashioned oatmeal. I love to incorporate oatmeal into my family’s breakfast at least three times a week. Unfortunately, my two year old won’t go near the stuff unless it is in the form of a pancake or bread. Here are a couple ways I love to have my oatmeal and, eat it too.
Whipped Banana Oatmeal (From Kath Eats Real Food)
(*changes made to the recipe by me)
- 1/3 cup old fashioned oats (I prefer organic)
- 1/3 cup 1% or skim or soy milk
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/2 a banana, sliced
- 1 tbsp chia seeds (optional)
- Pinch of kosher salt
- Vanilla, stirred in at end
- Spoonful of nut butter*
- 1 tbsp ground flax seed (optional)*
For two servings, we start by combining rolled oats, water, and milk in a saucepan over medium heat. Slice a banana into VERY thin pieces, leaving just a few bigger chunks. Walk away for a few minutes while the oatmeal heats. Once it begins to steam or bubble, stir vigorously at times to “whip” the banana into the oats. The oats will take about 5 minutes on medium heat from start to finish to fully absorb the liquid. They’re done when they reach your desired consistency! Then I stir in vanilla and portion into bowls. I like to add a spoonful of peanut butter. Heaven!
- 1/3 c Old Fashioned Oatmeal
- 2 eggs (or egg whites to make them reduced fat)
- Dash of milk (until desired thickness obtained)
- 1/3 C Pumpkin puree
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (more or less)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp agave nectar (or sugar if you prefer, more or less depending on how sweet you like ’em)
- 1/4 – 1/3 c whole wheat flour (more or less again, depending on how thick you like them.)
Sometimes I add a little plain low-fat organic yogurt or buckwheat flour for some of the whole wheat jlour. I also usually add 1 tsp of chia and 2 tbsp ground flax.
Mix together the eggs and oats. This is when I let Amelia stir to her heart’s content while I do something like, unload the dishwasher. This gives the oats time to soften. Or if you feel inclined, soak your oats overnight in yogurt or water in the fridge.)
5 min later…mix together the other ingredients until just combined.
TIP: When cooking, don’t move them until they are “set” otherwise you will have a big mess and they will be tough!
Other great reasons to eat your oats :
How do you enjoy your oats?