I use to be an oatmeal every morning type of person, but I was always using oatmeal from a packet. Now I will give myself some credit because I was choosing a “weight controlled version” to avoid loads of excess sugar. After taking some time off of the oatmeal train, I had a packet a few weeks ago and realized that there was an off flavor that I couldn’t quite put my finger on, but it just tasted a little…. artificial? I don’t know if that was quite it, but I just wasn’t feeling the flavor anymore.
I decided a few days ago to test my luck making homemade oatmeal. Now, that sounds like such an easy task right? Well, every time I had tried in the past I hated it. I couldn’t even choke down 1 spoonful. I just haven’t been able to achieve the flavor that I desired, so I started over.
I finally found the perfect combination of sweet, savory, warm, and flavorful. This oatmeal recipe is a perfect blank slate that can be transformed into multiple other recipes based on the toppings you choose.
Actually….. let’s talk about toppings really quick!
Here are some of my favorites:
- nuts (almonds and pecans are my favorite!)
- chia seeds
- nut butters
- greek yogurt
When choosing toppings for your oatmeal, get the biggest bang for your buck! Choose things that you like, but that will also add a little extra nutritional value to your food (yes this is the dietitian coming out of me!). For example, we all know that protein is important for fullness and satiety, so why not add a little extra protein to your oatmeal with a spoonful of greek yogurt, chia seeds, or nuts? Or add a little extra fiber from a few berries, granola, or chia seeds (see why I love chia seeds so much). When it comes to flavorings, chia seeds, berries, mashed banana… they will all add an extra sweetness to your oatmeal without added sugar.
Now back to the recipe…
Enjoy this simple, easy, basic oatmeal recipe and make it your own! Play with toppings, play with flavors, and enjoy your new, improved, homemade oatmeal! Bump up that breakfast!
- 1/3 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1/4 banana, smashed
- 1/2 tsp chia seeds
- 1/8 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp brown sugar
- pinch of cinnamon
Put all ingredients into a bowl, mix, and microwave for ~2 1/2 – 3 minutes, mixing about every 30 seconds.
For banana bread oatmeal: top with a few sliced bananas, 1 tbsp unsalted peanut butter, extra sprinkle of cinnamon, and a few chopped pecans if you’d like a little added crunch! (one of my favorites!!!)