February 23, 2015

Oatmeal: not so boring

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post for Quaker Oats.  I just love oatmeal and am sharing my creations for tasty and filling breakfasts!

A pregnant breakfast {not now}: Oats/ probably 2 TBSP JIF peanut butter/ dried cranberries/ honey/ cinnamon

I get told, mainly from my mom and a few good friends that I make such awesome creations with my meals. (thanks guys!) It's usually a healthier dessert, a snack or my breakfast with oatmeal.  I usually go a few weeks in between without eating oatmeal for the simple fact that I just forget about it.  Life get's busy and if I'm not actually starved in the AM, I just have my coffee and start my day.  Plain fruit like an apple or banana usually gets thrown in my bag; but let's be real.  Those items are boring and sometimes not filling enough.  

Although, an apple and some nut butter never gets old!

I love adding fruit and nut butters to my oatmeal and getting creative with it.  I think the average person doesn't care for oatmeal and yeah, if you don't really spice it up too much, it will be tasteless and blah.  I thought I'd share a few of my creations with you for a healthy and satisfying breakfast.  I hope you'll also create something genius and share it with me.  Follow me here
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 At the office breakfast: 1/2 cup oats/ a little too much milk/ dried cranberries/ plain Greek yogurt

Chocolate Oatmeal: 1/2 cup oats/ 1 TBSP Unsweetened Cocoa Powder/ dash of vanilla extract/ strawberries.  Would also be great with raspberries/ banana/ diced apple

Off the cuff creation at work one day.  I had brought in cooked oats with some almond milk and happened to have dried cranberries in my drawer and leftover pumpkin from a can. Weird I know. It was Halloween time and I ate something else with the pumpkin a few days earlier. 

ANYWAY. recipe: "Pumpkin Oatmeal"  1/2 cup oats/ water and 1/2 cup almond milk mixture/ dried cranberries/ about 1/2 a cup of pumpkin puree/ cinnamon/ honey  It was really good!

Healthy Dessert:  OKAY. this one isn't oatmeal but it could still be used for breakfast!  Simple and healthy. Strawberries/plain Greek yogurt/ honey or agave/ granola/ and cinnamon I'm sure.  I always add cinnamon to this kind of stuff.

Peanut butter and Banana Oatmeal: This would be my go-to for breakfast.  Who doesn't like banana and peanut butter together?  1/2 cup oats/ 1 sliced banana/ 1 TBSP peanut butter or  almond butter/cinnamon/ honey

Apple Oatmeal: 1/2 cup oats/ 1 medium diced apple (Honey crisps are perfect)/ cinnamon/ honey or agave  SO tasty!

Strawberries and almond butter oatmeal: 1/2 cup oats/ water and 1/2 cup almond milk mixture/6-7 sliced strawberries/1 TBSP plain Greek yogurt/ 1 TBSP your favorite nut butter/ honey/ cinnamon

Same as the above apple oatmeal just with added chocolate chips. Because, yes.  And as the chips melt throughout the hot oatmeal,  Heaven!

What's your go-to food in the AM? Do you get hungry in the morning?  For me, it depends on the day. If time was ideal every single morning, I'd make oatmeal.

Hope your Monday isn't too painful!  Here's a few links to brighten it a little:

This is helpful, especially about the goats.

This will be next on the list to make.  OMG.


  1. oatmeal is always a great breakfast! i love mine with just a bit of nut butter, some dried fruit and/or a little maple syrup. and always made with vanilla extract and ground cinnamon! thanks for the ideas to change it up!

  2. I can’t lie, I’ve come to love oatmeal too. I think I’ve come to love it out of forcing myself, but like anything else all you have to do is spice it up a bit so it’s not so boring or so regular. I really like the idea of the almond butter oatmeal. I have a crazy obsession with peanut butter and have found sunflower and almond to be my favorites. I’m going to try this for sure!