Oatmeal experiments

So, my last yogurt failed. I used a different (cheaper and thinner bottomed) pot than I usually use, and I overheated the milk. Since I'm waiting for my farm milk that I ordered with my CSA, I've been using this failed yogurt to make oatmeal. I usually reserve oatmeal for winter breakfasts because that's when I want to fill my tummy with warm mushy things. I had also already purchased a bunch of fruits for putting into my yogurt. This has led me to discover two new oatmeal combinations that I would like to share.

Bethany's Go-To Oatmeal

frozen blueberries
almond butter (or any other nut butter)
maple syrup

1. Add about 1/3 cup frozen blueberries to oatmeal and milk/water before heating it. If you're using the microwave, heat for a full three minutes.

2. Stir in about 2 tsp almond butter to the warm oatmeal. I use the spoon I plan on eating with.

3. Add maple syrup to taste.

I use frozen blueberries here because they are much cheaper in the winter than regular blueberries. Frozen fruits and vegetables also can be more nutritious than their fresh counterparts because they are frozen soon after they are picked. This prevents their vitamins and other good stuff from degrading during transportation.

Cherry Orange Oatmeal

pitted fresh cherries
cup/can mandarin oranges with juice
almond butter

1. Cook oatmeal with milk/water.

2. Stir in about 2 tsp almond butter.

3. Stir in cherries and about 1 cup of mandarin oranges with their juice. I used a single serving Dole fruit cup left over from an event.

Blueberry Lemon Oatmeal

lemon curd or lemon blueberry marmalade
almond butter

1. Cook oatmeal with milk/water.

2. Stir in about 2 tsp almond butter.

3. Add blueberries. Add lemon curd or other lemony sweetener to taste.

I really like this oatmeal. I like the combination of blueberries and lemon. It would probably work with cherries too. I also like being able to use lemon curd or marmalade on something other than toast. If you have the option, use lemon curd. You can taste the richness of the custard in the oatmeal. You'll also notice that I pretty much always put nut butter in my oatmeal. It adds protein and keeps me full longer. Plus, it adds variety to what I'm eating. I feel that eating a variety of foods is healthier, so this is one way I incorporate that philosophy into my diet.


  1. What kind of oats are you using?

  2. Rolled oats. Not a fan of instant, plus rolled oats are good for cookies.


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