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Ten Fabulous Ways to Eat Oatmeal

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I love oatmeal. I eat it several times a week, and I never get sick of it. It's super filling and versatile. For the past 10 days, I have eaten oatmeal for breakfast and taken photos. Why? Because people need to know how awesome oatmeal is! Some people say it is bland, or has a weird texture, or that they just don't like it. What they don't understand is that oatmeal is a blank canvass, and can be personalized to be just the way you like it!  Flavor and texture can be manipulated easily. Here are some of the factors that can change your oatmeal experience:

1. Type of oatmeal: I usually stick with my Quaker rolled oats, but if I have 15 minutes to spare in the morning, I make Steel-Cut oats. I suppose if you really like the steel-cut oats, you could make a big batch beforehand and store it in the fridge, but I'm not that organized. Also, there are other options besides oats for hot cereal. Other grains, or even Grits or Cream of Wheat, could be used instead of oatmeal for a whole new experience.

2. Liquid: Water, Milk, or even Juice or Pop?? I cook my oats in water in the microwave, but you can cook them in milk for a creamier texture. Adding more or less liquid makes the oatmeal thinner or thicker. I like thick, sticky oatmeal, so I only add enough water to just barely cover the oats. 

3. Toppings! Oh boy! The possibilities are endless! You can make oatmeal sweet, savory, whatever you want! Of course, plain oatmeal or oatmeal with just a touch of brown sugar is glorious in itself, but you can really have fun with your oatmeal toppings. Basically anything can go on the oatmeal, and it will taste good, because oatmeal doesn't have any overpowering flavors to mess things up. Here I have pictured 10 different options, but these are just ideas to get you started!

-Dried cherries and chocolate chips. Substitute any other fruit.
-Cardamom, yogurt, and raisins. (Inspired by rice pudding)
-Peanut Butter and Jelly. Nutella is an amazing substitute for Peanut Butter, but alas, I don't have any.
-Fruit! I won't post a picture of EVERY type of fruit, because that would take forever. Yogurt and cinnamon go very well with fruit. Apples and cinnamon is great. I love to add bananas, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, (well, any kind of berries), peaches, pears, apricots, any kind of dried fruit...the possibilities are endless! I have not tried adding Oranges or any other citrus, though. All those little peely membranes don't appeal to me. 
-S'more (Mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, crumbled graham cracker)
-Bacon and Maple Syrup (Trust me, it's SUPER good! Try it!)
-Ginger Snap Cookie (Molasses and ginger. Crushed ginger snaps if you have them. I used Nilla wafers.)
-Pumpkin Pie (Pumpkin seeds, allspice, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg. If you have pumpkin puree, add that too!)
-Walnuts, blueberries, and yogurt, cooked in crystal light
-Almonds and cocoa powder (or chocolate chips. I ran out.)

More ideas not pictured here:
-Coconut milk, shredded coconut. Would go well with pineapple.
-Honey
-Mint Chocolate chip (peppermint extract or mint leaves)
-Any jam or jelly as a mix-in
-Any flavored syrup
-Cheese (yes, oatmeal can be savory!)
-Coffee (instant coffee granules, or oatmeal cooked in coffee.)
-Basically, any flavoring you can think of!

I hope you enjoy your oatmeal as much as I do!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!

I hate oatmeal. Well, I have hated oatmeal my whole life. Now, I am trying desperately to fall in love with it because I know it's hearty, filling, and good for my heart. I've always hated the texture and flavors, especially from flavored oatmeal packets. So, I bought a box of plain oatmeal packets and I am determined to love or at least like oatmeal.

Thanks for the inspiration and for the tip for making oatmeal stickier and thick. Your pictures have me excited for yummy bowls of this once (in my mind) vile substance.

Try making it from scratch, not from packets.

I can't believe some people don't like oatmeal.
I mean, make some oatmeal, add some milk if it's dry and sticky, and put on a bit more than enough sugar to make it sweet, and tell me it's gross. ;)
Despite being a joke, piling on sugar never goes wrong, but I prefer mine with warm, homemade blueberry sauce. :) Mmm...
Renee!11 months ago
Gotta love muh oats ;)
GASSYPOOTS2 years ago
also other toppings...
bacon pickles(LOL) chips methane (O_O) nails
dockman72 years ago
Nice oatmeal options! i really look forward to trying your ideas! :)
Lorddrake3 years ago
thanks for all the good ideas ... now maybe i won't be the only one in the house who eats oatmeal :)
antoman113 years ago
And then I said, Oatmeal, are you crazy!
sunshiine3 years ago
I like the first blueberry one! Yum!
Very nice! I will be having PB &J oatmeal in the morning!
turbobug3 years ago
what no fried oatmeal, maybe another ible quarter size scoops of day old oatmeal fried in butter dipped in soy-sauce. well try it first.
l8nite3 years ago
oat milk is another great way to get your oat fix, make a 2 to 1 mix of milk and oatmeal, (1cup oats,2cups milk) and let sit in the refrigerator for a day or 2, strain out the oats and drink. You can of course make a larger batch and doctoring the oatmilk with chocolate, strawberry or coffee syrup is always an option. You can also heat and eat the throughly soaked oats ( I like a little salt, butter and orange honey)
Emerzyme (author)  l8nite3 years ago
That sounds delicious! Will try that...
l8nite3 years ago
ooops.. forgot to say, "nice ible" !