Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Ask the Internet: Favorite Oatmeal Recipe?

Hi, readers! Today’s question stems from a comment made yesterday. It's a short one.

Q: What are your favorite things to add to plain oatmeal?


A: Ahhh ... oatmeal. It's nutritionally sound, cheaper than water (er, in some areas), and a perfect canvas for delicious add-ons. Personally, I’m a peanut butter fan, but I’ll never back away from a good banana or a handful of dried cranberries.

What about you guys? Any good oatmeal combos or recipes? Fire away in the comment section!

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64 comments:

Joanne said...

A friend of mine just told me about your blog; I'll have to browse around later when I have more time.

We enjoy oatmeal in a variety of ways as well. Typically we'll just have it with brown sugar and bananas, but we also have it with things like mashed pumpkin and raisins, applesauce and blueberries, butter, S&P (for a savory meal), and more.
It's really good baked too.

Stefanie said...

I like to add chopped apple and cinnamon with almond milk to my morning oatmeal. Also, a small mashed banana, cinnamon and peanut butter is good. For a healthy dessert or meal try adding cocoa powder and peanut butter. There are so many different options.

Summerlin said...

Pumpkin pie oatmeal is delectable. 1/2 c. milk or milk sub of choice (almond is delicious), 1/2 c. water, 1/2 c. oats, raisins, and 1/4 c. pumpkin. Simmer. Add nutmeg and/or pumpkin pie spice to taste. Sweeten with a touch of dark brown sugar or molasses, add a splash of vanilla, drizzle with a little more milk when done (also helps cool it down), and prepare for oatmeal valhalla. Alternatively, mix all ingredients in a glass or plastic container overnight, and eat cold in the a.m. (I do this on workdays since I can't be trusted with fire before my second cup of joe kicks in.) A little speck of pumpkin butter is also delightful in this concoction.

Laura said...

Pumpkin Oatmeal

2/3 c. water
1/2 c. pumpkin puree (canned or otherwise)
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp cinnamon
~1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/3 c. oats
And any combination of the following: raisins, cranberries (fresh or frozen), apples (cook for a couple minutes first before adding oats)

Cook like you normally cook oatmeal. Top with plain yogurt. Can also top with banana slices.

My 3 yr old would eat this every morning given the opportunity.

mother in israel said...

Funny you asked! I just published a guest post with an old family recipe. Check out the comments for more ideas.
Recipe by Dena: Oatmeal, Not Just for Breakfast Anymore.

Shana said...

I always have a snack mix consisting of dried cranberries, raisins, almonds, walnuts, pecans and hazelnuts on hand in an airtight plastic container. Every bowl of morning oatmeal is microwaved with a handful of that mess on top.

My3rdI.org said...

Cold Swiss oats (Bircher muesli) is my favorite. Had it at Chicago's Corner Bakery during my business trip in 2006 and got hooked to it. Here is recipe to swiss oats in my blog - http://the8thwonder.org/2008/01/17/bircher-muesli-aka-swiss-oats/

Kim said...

Peanut Butter & fruit preserves. yum!

mother in israel said...

Trying that again: Oatmeal by Dena
or
http://www.cookingmanager.com/recipe-oatmeal-breakfast-anymore/

Jessica said...

I'm also a HUGE fan of stirring in a tablespoon of peanut butter and some cinnamon!

When I'm feeling extra naughty, I stir in some Nutella. Ohhh lord have mercy, it's good.

Anonymous said...

We like it cold. The night before we mix raw oats, milk or fruit juice, cinnamon, fruit of choice, really whatever you like in your oatmeal. Chill it in the fridge. In the morning, the oats are soft and you eat it like a cold cereal. It's easy and a change from hot oats.

suzannah said...

i like to first brown up apples with butter, cinnamon, and brown sugar, make the oats with milk instead of water, and throw in some wheat germ and ground flaxseed. even my toddler gobbles it up!

Michelle said...

We like either apple, cinnamon and brown sugar, or maple syrup with raisins and nuts. There's some great ideas here, though, and I think I'll be experimenting.

chacha1 said...

pumpkin add-ins sound gooood. I take my oatmeal mix dry to work and then nuke it, so my favorite dry add-ins are shredded unsweetened coconut, ground walnuts, dried cranberries, and a healthy slug of cinnamon.

clo*bee said...

I am enjoying the new toppings bar at Au Bon Pain - dress your own oatmeal! Only somewhat cheap, and the healthy depends on your selection, but definitely good - and easy.

Anonymous said...

Pomegranate seeds and a drizzle of molasses. Delish!

Anonymous said...

This morning my oatmeal had chili powder, cilantro, sliced bananas, a touch of brown sugar and apricot jam, and salt. Amazing!

Jenna said...

Steel cut oats, soaked overnight in apple cider. Toss a little cinnamon and sprinkle on some sea salt - perfect breakfast in the morning!

Simple. Basic. But OH so good!

limecloud said...

I just had some awesome oatmeal this moring - maple syrup and cinnamon. I eat it most mornings (different toppings) while at work. Oatmeal is sooo easy and cheap and it really fills you up :)

Karen said...

I add lots of things that have already been mentioned. One of my favorites breakfasts is oatmeal brulee. Make your oatmeal in an oven-safe bowl, top it with brown sugar, and stick it under the broiler until the sugar carmelizes. Yum! This is also good with fruit and/or yogurt mixed in with the oatmeal.

mollyjade said...

I'm not big on sweet, so I like my oatmeal with soy sauce, hot chili oil, and scallions.

Lori said...

Steel cut oats (soaked overnight and heated briefly) with milk and a generous sprinkle of Post Trail Mix Crunch Vanilla Cranberry. Then top with a dollop of plain lowfat yogurt and sprinkle with cinnamon. Yum!

I am definitely going to try the pumpkin ideas I've seen here. These sound delish!

mgaltier said...

I used my leftover cranberry sauce from Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner in my oatmeal. It was great.

Evelyn said...

Brown sugar, dried apricots, and chopped toasted hazelnuts. Also, if you want to be a little fancier than oatmeal, Bob's Red Mill has a great five-grain blend. It's more expensive, but I prefer it. (And it's not like it's actually expensive, just more expensive than one of the very cheapest foods.)

Laura said...

My favorite oatmeal is my friend's recipe. She calls it "World Famous in Poland Oatmeal." (You can google that title and find the recipe.) A little butter (I use less than she does), brown sugar (she uses white), cinnamon, and raisins. The oatmeal cooked just to al dente. Mmm.

I'm liking the pumpkin oatmeal idea. I'll have to try it.

AJP said...

When I was a kid, when it snowed (not often in our part of Oregon), we got oatmeal with a dollop of vanilla ice cream on top. Warm oatmeal, cold, creamy and melting ice cream...oh it was heaven. Not every day though!

Kitter said...

Steel cut oatmeal with a little milk and a handful of raisins. We all love this - including my kids (1 & 3). Don't tell them there's no sugar in it!

Holly said...

No milk, makes it too slimy for me. Just 1/2 c. applesauce, sprinkle of cinnamon, one package of Truvia, and 1T. walnuts. Tastes like apple pie.

tws said...

Almond butter and agave! A-mazing.

Kristen@TheFrugalGirl said...

I lurve mine with cinnamon, brown sugar, and heavy cream. :)

LaDonna said...

I use thick-cut (not steel cut) oats, bought in bulk from Whole Foods, but Snoqualmie Falls Lodge Oatmeal is similar. Toast 1 cup oats in a little oil or butter, add 1.5 cups water and a shake of salt, partially cover and simmer till all the water is evaporated - DO NOT STIR. You end up with steamed oats, not gluey mush - actual individual oats, cooked to tender perfection! A little milk and brown sugar is all it needs (if that).

Anna N said...

My boyfriend likes to simmer apple cider for a long time (more than an hour) until it reduces to a syrup for us to put on oatmeal. Cheaper than maple syrup and really tasty!

I also like oatmeal with any kind of jam, or raisins and ground cardamom, or a spoonful of plain yogurt, or caramel sauce.

craftevangelist said...

Natural peanut butter & banana... so yummy & filling. Sometimes I'll throw a few chocolate chips in there for a little bit of decadence.

MS said...

I was going to say that I tried leftover homemade cranberry sauce from Thanksgiving on my oatmeal and loved it, and it looks like I'm not the only one who did that! And here I thought I was being creative. :-)

Heather B said...

I like oatmeal cooked with milk, and topped with cinnamon and either (A) applesauce or (B) raisins.

Emily said...

Dried cranberries, walnuts and (sometimes) brown sugar

Kris said...

Ooo - the pumpkin puree and almond butter are very intriguing. The cardamom, too. (Anna, cardamom's one of my favorite flavors.)

Mark Bittman recently had a column on savory oatmeal, though I've never tried. Up for the challenge, though. Scallions and soy sauce, you say?

What a great thread, you guys!

Northside Food said...

2 cups oatmeal
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup milk
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup chunky or regular applesauce
1/2 cup brown sugar

Preheat oven to 325°F.

In a large bowl, combine the oatmeal and salt. Mix in milk, eggs, applesauce, brown sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. Stir and pour into a greased casserole dish. Bake at 325°F for 45 minutes. I top with pecans and raisins.

Anonymous said...

I like thinly sliced banana, ground flax, chia seeds and chopped walnuts. Instead of banana, I sometimes use dried cherries.

Anonymous said...

Penzey's baked oatmeal with blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, and yogurt on top!

http://www.penzeys.com/cgi-bin/penzeys/recipes/r-penzeysbakedOatmeal.html

molemann_services said...

The Mark Bittmann eggs/scallions/soy sauce way is my new favorite.

But PB and some jelly is okay, too.

Weej said...

Maple Syrup (go Canadian product!) + dried cranberries/raisins + a splash of milk + sprinkles of brown sugar.
It's worth waking up early for.

Katie said...

The ONLY way my kids will eat it is with a spoonful of pumpkin puree, a spoonful of brown sugar and a bit of vanilla, (maybe 1/2 t.?).

Joel said...

I'm an oatmeal addict.

ginger, cinnamon, honey.
lemon peel, anise, vanilla
cayenne, black pepper, cinnamon
any tea, especially green and chai.

Becky said...

Asian-dessert style: I add sweet adzuki beans and top with a dash of cream, and some fresh strawberries if they're on sale (^_^)

Whitney said...

Does anyone have ideas for oat groats?

I live in Norway and we don't get steel cut oats (my fave)-but organic oat groats are all over the place. I've been looking for recipies to use them since they are cheap, have a low GI and are available.

Jelli Bean said...

Banana, pb, brown sugar OR pumpkin pie filling. Mmm! Oh yes, and also low-fat flavored yogurt and fresh fruits. I love oatmeal and it makes up 85% of my breakfasts through the year. Yum.

Heidi said...

A Month of Oatmeal:

http://feedingthebensons.blogspot.com/2010/01/oatmeal-madness.html

I Heart Kale said...

My favorite thing to do, hot-cereal-wise, is cream of wheat or rice with savory flavorings: salt, extra-virgin olive oil, generous black pepper and maybe a little grated sharp cheddar. I way ODed on maple and brown sugar Quaker packets in my youth and I'm all about non-sweet oatmeal options right now.

Laura said...

Um, yum! I'm so looking forward to trying some of these out! I've always just been a brown sugar and sometimes raisins, sometimes bananas girl, but I may be a convert!

Sara said...

I'm surprised few people have mentioned it, but I like my oatmeal SAVORY. Chunks of meat or egg are good choices. I'm asian, too, so what I usually do is make my oatmeal watery and eat it as a kind of porridge (congee, or jook) with soy sauce.

I'm a college student, by the way, trying to lose a few pounds. I've found that by replacing the rice and other carbs with the more nutritious oatmeal has helped me permanently lose about 2 pounds--and I started eating oats about 2 weeks ago. Lately I have been eating a lot of junk food and not exercising, but I've still consistently been below 2 pounds what I used to be before I started using oatmeal.

poiseinparma said...

Spicy savory oatmeal is my favorite: made with a jumbo egg, pepper jack cheese, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Cook the egg sunny side up. Cook the oats in the microwave with the spices and cheese. Then once ready, add the egg to the oats mix. break the yolk, mix it up and enjoy!

Anonymous said...

We use cinnamon, raisins, real maple syrup and real Mexican vanilla-bought on a trip to Mexico, so cheap! Very, Very yummy.

Josh said...

Ahh oats. My favourite all time winter breakfast cereal.

I just tips some oats in a bowl, drizzle a little honey, add milk and let it froth up in the microwave for a minute or two.

But you have to make sure you use the "instant" microwavable ones or you'll just get crunchy gross honey milk.

Amiyrah said...

snozzberries....mostly because they taste like snozzberries....

Charlene said...

Dried cranberries and walnuts with some ground cardamom. Yum!

Anonymous said...

Raspberries! I am going to try peanut butter and banana tomorrow morning.

Nancy said...

My daily morning fare is oatmeal with brown sugar and craisins with a bit of milk. Half & half is a real treat.

~ AH ~ said...

I love my oatmeal with brewer's yeast/nutritional yeast flakes, some seasoning salt (Like Lawry's, Johnny's, Spike, etc.), and cottage cheese. Mix together. YUM!

Or baked. tastes like a muffin then.

Or turned into pancakes.

mmm, time for some oats...

mim said...

I use old-fashioned oats. I used to make oatmeal in the microwave but it's even better prepared in a saucepan. To me, oatmeal must have three things:

1. Milk--poured on the cooked oatmeal, not used to cook it.

2. Maple or sugar-free maple-flavored syrup (on doctor's orders), also poured on the oatmeal, just before adding milk.

3. Fruit--a must! In the summer, blueberries, sliced fresh peaches, or both; in the colder months, raisins, bananas, or both. I haven't tried dried cranberries yet. Dried fruit must be cooked in the oatmeal; fresh fruit must be served on top of the cooked oatmeal.

If raisins are the fruit, a dash of cinnamon is optional. But no more than a dash.

Anonymous said...

I have a stash of powered peanut butter - PB2 and Chocolate PB2. The stuff is awesome in oatmeal.

Lake said...

I've done so many things with oatmeal, it's hard to remember it all. My current favorite is banana (cooked with the oatmeal in the microwave) and a couple tablespoons of cherry juice concentrate (tangy goodness--with antioxidants!), some cinnamon and nutmeg.

When I don't have access to cherry concentrate, I've substituted with some lime juice and a bit of coconut extract, and again cinnamon and nutmeg. Basically anything you'd turn into a cocktail or a cookie recipe should be added to oatmeal.

It's a great way to use up the spotty old bananas that people always want to throw away. In fact, I've taken to secretly sequestering bananas so they don't get eaten before they're properly mottled (the browner the better).

While the bananas are browning, I sometimes substitute a cup of cranberries or chopped up apple and cook it a minute or two to release juices, before adding and nuking the oatmeal.

I've also done chocolate oatmeal, gingerbread oatmeal, any seasonal berry... I love oatmeal so much! Truly endless possibilities, and although higher calorie additions can be decadent (aka peanut butter or other nutty additions), I find simple fruit and/or cooking spices are perfectly delicious.

Truth be told, I'm probably over enthusiastic about oatmeal. I would gladly eat it for breakfast every day for the rest of my life.

Beti said...

Ginger and pears.

The ginger can be fresh grated, powdered (easy) or bits of crystallized ginger. The pears: fresh any variety!

Cassidy Lee said...

I just love adding peanut butter or almond butter! The extra boost of protein keeps me going even longer.