Monday, January 9, 2012

ode to oatmeal

breakfast is a beautiful thing. 

Sorry for the lack of an intellectual post today, I'm just really happy about food right now. recently I've become quite obsessive about oatmeal. I think it was the realization that I can put ANYTHING on top of it and still fool myself that it's a healthy breakfast. Not like I'm garnishing my breakfast with chocolate cake or anything, but nutella? coconut? white chocolate cranberry larabars? (ohh that was the best breakfast ever.) I used to think oatmeal of as a bowl of bland white mush, so if this has been your limited experience as well, please please change your life. SO GOOD.

1/2 C oats (old fashioned, rolled, steel cut. I personally prefer steel cut, but if Walmart as opposed to Whole Foods is your grocery stop, they may be more difficult to find.) 
1/2 C milk
1/2 C water 
dash of salt (secret: I never use this. I understand using a pinch of salt in anything with yeast or baking soda/powder, but oatmeal? I fail to see what it adds. So if you're a compulsive salt-adder, feel free to frown upon my rebellious cooking habits.) 
1/2 banana, cut into chunks
1 tsp PURE vanilla extract (never ever ever use imitation! please, for the love of all that is delicious!)

Combine all ingredients (minus vanilla) in a small saucepan over medium heat. I normally just let mine sit (no stirring yet) while I get dressed, do dishes, whatever. Because I hate waiting. When the oats have absorbed most of the liquid, stir/whip around the edges to make the bananas nice and fluffy. yum. Add vanilla, and whatever you want on top. Excellent combinations include raspberries, blackberries and strawberries, walnuts and extra bananas, peanut butter (trust me, it's fantastic.), trail mix, peaches, apples and cinnamon, pumpkin, almonds and coconut, pumpkin seeds, maple syrup, crumbled cookies, muffins, breads, or plain brown sugar if you're boring. ;) there's no wrong here. NO WRONG. (lots of caps in this post... and parentheses... it's just one of those days.) 
also, yesterday I had a revelation. Bananas were made for nutella. And any kind of chocolate goes wonderfully with oats (these cookies? delish). So... nutella-banana-oatmeal is definitely going to be tested in mornings to come...

other favorite morning foods? As wonderful as oatmeal is, I'm looking to expand my breakfast horizons. ;)


  1. Those are some great oatmeal ideas! I eat oatmeal pretty much every morning while I'm at school. I never would have thought about the peanut butter and jelly one- definitely going to try that one.

    Personally, I love anything that goes well with bacon. My boyfriend loves pancakes (and really, who doesn't?), and so I've been collecting pancake recipes. If you would like, I can send you some of my favorites :)

    Also, my mom does a spin on the egg mcmuffin that is actually quite delicious. She calls them "egg mcmommas" and they are SO GOOD.

  2. oh my gracious, your pictures are gorgeous; that oatmeal looks delicious!

  3. Loved this! Great pictures :) I'm a huge fan of oatmeal. That and granola are tied as my favorite breakfast foods. (generally speaking, that is. Sometimes, though, all I want is french toast. Also love pancakes, waffles, coffee cake, eggs, etc.) Coincidentally, I was thinking of doing a post about granola soon, so I'll let you know when I've done that so that you can have the magical recipe, too. :)

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  5. You know, I've never give much thought to oatmeal. When I was a kid I didn't like it, but now I enjoy it. Oatmeal with Nutella on top sounds wonderful. I may have to try :)

  6. All of these look so amazingly good. I would love to try them all. Great post.