Thursday, January 13, 2011

Homemade Oatmeal Recipe

It has been a while since I have posted a recipe.  In light of the new year and some people setting weight-loss goals, I wanted to share this with the blogger community as a great way to kick off your morning especially in the winter with this warm, filling, and tasty breakfast.

Background:
I am always cold at work, especially in the winter, so I aim to eat warm foods to try and warm me up from the inside.  Oatmeal is a great way to get a variety of nutrients to start your day.  My main purpose of venturing to make my own oatmeal was to avoid some of the sugar in many of the big name pre-packaged brands without getting too complicated of a prep process.

Ingredients:
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1/2 C Thick Cut Oats (purchased from the bulk section at my local grocery store)
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1/4 C Craisins
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8-10 walnuts or pecans (broken into smaller pieces)
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1 Tablespoon of brown sugar or Sugar in the Raw if you prefer
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Optional – 1 teaspoon of ground flax or flax powder
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I combine all of these in a dish that is microwave safe, and add water to cover the ingredients and then microwave for 1:30 (time will vary based on microwave)

Notes: 
You may have to experiment with different containers as some like to bubble over and some microwaves will cook faster or slower.
I prefer my oatmeal to be on the harder side, mushy oatmeal makes me cringe a little.  Play around with water/cook time to taste.  Some people suggest soaking the oats overnight, but I have not tried that before.

Changing it up:
Rather than the Craisins, you can use 1/4 C raisins and a sprinkle of cinnamon.  This is probably my favorite combo I have tried this far.

Overall:
A great food to fill you up and get you started off on the right foot.  The above recipe helps much to curb my appetite for a majority of the morning until a typical piece of fruit as a snack.  I would love to hear how you modify the recipe and make it work for you!

6 comments:

Caratunk Girl January 14, 2011 at 6:08 AM  

Oh looks yummy! Thanks for the recipe!

Jeff - DangleTheCarrot January 14, 2011 at 6:20 AM  

Gonna have to try that Jeff! Adding the cinnamon is a nice touch.

Kacie Darden January 14, 2011 at 6:22 AM  

Nice recipe! Sometimes I cook a banana little bits while I am cooking the rest of it, and then top it with maple almond butter. I think I could live on oatmeal!

Laura January 14, 2011 at 7:01 AM  

I eat oatmeal EVERY morning. Love the stuff. I soak steel cut oats overnight and cook a big batch to be eaten all week. I usually put raisins and mashed up banana as the sweet stuff, 1/2 c oats, cinn, nutmeg, ginger and about 2T of a combo of flax/wheatgerm/chia seeds. Yummo!

amybee January 14, 2011 at 7:21 PM  

I am all over this recipe. Looks deeeee lish!

Savannah January 15, 2011 at 3:06 AM  

Mmmmmm! sounds yummy. I love oatmeal and eat it everyday! My favorite is probably oatmeal with flax and cinnamon topped with fresh berries and almond milk. Also try Teff in place of oatmeal. LOVE it too!

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