Basic Oatmeal Recipe

I eat oatmeal.

A lot.

Growing up, my mom would fix oatmeal and cheese toast, and I thought it was the most comforting breakfast.  In college, I kept a stash of instant oatmeal packages and ate them pretty much 4-5 times per week.  I still love my oats, but they have definitely grown up since my younger days. 

On weekends, I make my oats on the stovetop and cook them with extra liquid for double the time to make them extremely voluminous.  During the week, I usually make overnight oats to save time in the mornings.  However, there are some occasions where I’m not in the mood for oats at night, but when I wake up, that’s all I’m craving.  This is my method for a quick, filling, and delicious bowl of oats.

1/3 cup oats (NOT quick cooking)

1/4-1/3 cup canned pure pumpkin (Libby’s is my personal favorite)

1/3-1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

Combine those ingredients with a pinch of salt and a liberal dash of cinnamon (or five generous dashes if you are a cinnamon addict like me) and stir well.  Pop into the microwave for 1.5-2 minutes, stir, then cook for about 30 more seconds. 

From here I add in my flavor combinations (in my opinion it needs flavor added unless you like the taste of plain unsweetened oats).  It’s a pretty blank canvas, so you can add in anything you like!  Sometimes I roll with almond butter and raisins, other times I go with dark chocolate chips and coconut flakes, or even diced apples, dried cherries and honey.  The options are seriously endless.  Right before digging in, I always add another splash of almond milk (to thin it out slightly and to cool it down).

If you are looking for an extremely fast and filling breakfast, give this a try.



2 Responses to “Basic Oatmeal Recipe”

  1. 1 c October 6, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    yum yum! i love bob’s red mill steel cut oats the most—its all about the texture! since they take longer to cook, i have found that cooking them in a small crock pot works the best for me. a few hours on hi or overnite on lows does it with the groats and water. then i add whatever dried fruit and butter (mango, pumpkin) i am craving! can’t wait to try ur dark chocolate and coconut. MMMmmm!

  2. 2 Kristen @ notsodomesticated October 8, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Yum that sounds awesome!! I had another friend who recently posted about pumpkin oatmeal. I’m going to have to give this a try!

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