Sunday, March 21, 2010

Oat to Joy

I was going to get up and make a yummy brunch, but I was almost finished with an awesome murder mystery (Deeper than the Dead by Tami Hoag. Read it.) and couldn't put it down long enough to make anything.
Instead, I went with my breakfast standby for when I don't have the time or desire to cook: Oatmeal. I'm not talking the colorless sludge you'd find in continental breakfasts at three-star hotels, I mean scrumdidilyumptious, dessert-inspired oats that pack an energy punch.

Chocolate cherry oats

I love oatmeal because it's cheap, filling, nutritious, and above all, versatile. I just mix one part oats with two parts water, nuke it for a minute or so, then play with mix-ins. I almost always sweeten my oats with agave, stevia, or non-gmo xylitol and I add a little almond milk it I want it creamier. Here are some of my favorite combos:

Cinnamon roll oats: raisins (cooked with oats), cinnamon, a swirl of agave (not mixed in) and a dollop of whipped cream (or cashew cream, or coconut cream...)
Reese's oats: cocoa, a big scoop of peanut butter, and sometimes chocolate chips
Almond Joy oats: cocoa, chopped almonds, shredded coconut, Artisana coconut butter (optional)
Cookie Dough Oats: vanilla, chocolate chips (optional) and chunks of Raw Vegan Cookie Dough Bites (recipe later)
Trail Mix oats: Dried fruit (cooked with oats), chopped nuts
Banana nut oats: banana (sliced on top or mashed and cooked with oats), chopped nuts, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Tropical Oats: Sliced banana and other tropical fruits, chopped nuts, shredded coconut, cinnamon.

These are only a few of the amazing combos I come up with, but oatmeal is my breakfast probably four days a week. Try these out and come up with your own. If you get any more great ideas, let me know!

Happy last day of spring break :(



  1. I love when a book is so good that you can't stop reading! I haven't found one like that in a while, unfortunately.

    LOVE the look of those oats!

  2. I love that too! Unfortunately, I don't have much time to read fun stuff. Rotten homework. So sad Spring Break's over.

  3. thanks for the sweet comments on my blog and can't wait for you to tell me if you make the tofu or whatever else...drop me a comment if you do!

  4. I love all those oatmeal ideas. Isn't it funny how a great name can make a dish sound even better? Cinnamon-agave or almond-coconut oats just don't sound quite as tempting as cinnamon roll or Almond Joy oats!