Winter is coming and the weather is cold, which means a shift towards warm and cozy meals. One of my go-to breakfast's this time of year (and all year, really) is Oatmeal. You might think "boring!", but hopefully this post will change your mind. Oatmeal, like other grains, is a good staple because there are many ways to change it up and make it interesting. You can add many different healthy mix-ins that are both tasty and satisfying. Once you find your favorite combination, you will most likely crave it on the daily, which is what has happened here.
The key to making a tasty and healthful oatmeal is to keep added sugar out. You can make oatmeal that is just as delicious by following some simple rules: cooking your oats with ripe bananas, adding cinnamon and adding a small amount of peanut butter.
Adding bananas to the cooking process allows them to release their natural sugar, making the oatmeal deliciously sweet in a natural way. No processed products or strange ingredients needed! Just make sure that your banana is slightly browned for best taste.
The method to making this is simple:
- Add together 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 sliced banana and 1 cup of low fat or soy milk
- Microwave for 3 minutes, checking to make sure that your oatmeal doesn't overflow! Or cook on stove top.
- Once done, give it a good stir. Add in a sprinkling of raisins, 1 tbsp of chia or flax seeds, 2 tsp of cinnamon (or more) and a dallop of peanut butter.
- Stir it all up and eat! I know you'll be dying to take your first bite but make sure it's cooled first ;)
If you are looking to spice things up, try any of the following mix-ins and come up with your favorite!
- Shredded coconut
- Vanilla extract
- Chopped nuts
- Dried cranberries
- Flax, chia or hemp seeds
- Almond or cashew butter
- Pumpkin or apple butter
- Spices such as nutmeg, cloves, etc.