Monday, January 27, 2014

An Assortment of Oatmeals

There is nothing better than sitting down to a steaming bowl of fresh oatmeal on a cold, dreary day like today. I invite you to partake with me in the oatmeal munching with one of these three delicious recipes for sweet and tasty oats.
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For a large appetite or to split between two people, this first recipe is sure to be a big hit. Chocolate oatmeal is swirled with strawberry jam to create a classic combination. You will have trouble deciding if you are eating breakfast or dessert.

Chocolate Strawberry Jam Oatmeal
serves 1-2
1 cup quick cooking oatmeal
1 cup milk
1 cup water
3 tbsp. cocoa powder
3 tbsp. strawberry jam
honey or maple syrup, to taste

In a small pot, bring the oats, milk, and water to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and whisk in the cocoa powder. Cook until all the liquid has been absorbed. Add in honey or maple syrup as desired and stir in your jam.

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Next up on the list is an oatmeal perfect for just one. I used my cinnamon maple almond butter to create a perfectly dreamy bowl of oats.


Cinnamon Maple Almond Butter Oatmeal
serves 1
1/2 cup quick cooking oats
1 cup water
2 tbsp. cinnamon maple almond butter
1 ripe banana (1/2 mashed and 1/2 sliced)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp. maple syrup
1 tbsp. chocolate chips

Bring the water and oats to a boil in a small pot. Mash up half of the banana and stir it in. Bring the heat on the stove down to medium low and simmer the oats for 1-2 minutes, or until all the water has been absorbed. Stir in the cinnamon and maple almond butter. Top with maple syrup, chocolate chips, and banana slices.

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Last but not least is the most dessert like of the bunch. It is perfect for a smaller breakfast or quick snack. You will think you are eating a bowl of cookie dough, but secretly it is oatmeal.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Oatmeal
serves 1
1/4 cup oatmeal
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup water
1 tsp butter
1 tsp brown sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
dash of salt
1 tbsp. chocolate chips

Combine the oats, milk, and water into a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 90 seconds, stir, and microwave another 30 to 60 seconds, or until all the liquid has been absorbed. Stir in the butter, vanilla, salt, and brown sugar. Allow it to cool for a couple of minutes and then sprinkle on your chocolate chips.

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