Oatmeal Two Ways

Oatmeal used to be “grandma” food to me.

(NOT that there is anything wrong with grandmothers; they are the coolest!)

Until 4 years ago. I came across a blog called Kath Eats, and her “tribute to oatmeal” page. I had never seen anyone make oatmeal look so sexy in my life.

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[from Kath Eats]

Ever since that day, I have been loving on oatmeal like it’s the only grain grown in America. It was her “whipped banana oatmeal” technique that really changed the game.

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Gina’s cookie dough oatmeal cereal is also a big favorite

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And then there was this idea of “overnight oats.” Oats soaked in dairy products overnight sounded ludicrous, but someone thought to soak bread in eggs to make French toast, so..

I posted my overnight oats recipe (based off Kath Eats’ recipe) when I first started this blog.

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But I’ve tweaked the recipe a bit. The main change is no Greek yogurt (inspired by my dairy dilemma, which btw is no longer an issue) + more chia seeds. Check it out.

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Overnight Oats (based on Kath Eats’ recipe)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup rolled or quick oats
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • dash of nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice
  • 1/2 very rude (← real autocorrect) ripe banana, sliced
  • ~1/4 c. other fruit, chopped (optional)
  • 1-2 tbsp. nut butter

Step 1: For that “end of the jar” vibe (if you don’t have an almost-empty jar of nut butter, which would be ideal), scoop that nut butter into the bottom of your container (bowl-mug preferable, but anything will do).

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Add your dry ingredients (oats, spices, and chia seeds) and mix ’em together (don’t touch the nut butter).

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Add your milk and fruit, mix it all together (only scraping some of that nut butter from the bottom to mix with the rest).

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Let it sit in the fridge overnight, and wake up the next morning with excitement, knowing that a BOMB breakfast is already made and ready to eat.

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optional: top with granola for crunch

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special day when it’s overnight oats in a jar

Onto the hot oats.

I’ve been loving this oatmeal that is a hybrid of Kath’s whipped banana oatmeal + Jen’s egg white banana oatmeal. I made a video!

  • 1/2 c. rolled oats (or quick)
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 1/2 very ripe banana, sliced
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • dash of nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • splash of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 egg white
  • any other fruits and/or toppings (*cough* nut butter)!

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It’s 11:00 pm, and I would like some oatmeal now.

So tell me:

What is your favorite way to eat oatmeal?

What is your favorite oatmeal recipe?

Did you always like oatmeal? I used to only eat those sickeningly sweet Quaker oatmeal packets, but now those taste like dessert to me!

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18 thoughts on “Oatmeal Two Ways

  1. Any way to eat oatmeal is an awesome way, unless if you’re eating just a plain packet of unsweetened oats, and even then they’re not too bad! I always add cocoa or cacao powder, nut butter, fruit, Stevia, and some granola to my oats!

  2. These look great! My favorite kind of oatmeal is baked oatmeal because 1) I can make a huge quantity of breakfasts at once and 2) I don’t have to do any cooking in the morning. 🙂 My favorite flavors are banana, pumpkin, and carrot cake (don’t knock it till you’ve tried it :P)!

  3. Omg! So you can probably guess that I have a thing for oatmeal 😛 And I honestly think I always liked it, but I was definitely never as creative with it. Back in the day it was just oats with some brown sugar, which is delicious in it’s simplicity, but these days I’m all about the add-ins. That and trying out different methods of cooking, like baking, overnighting, of smoothie-fying. Basically, oatmeal is my spirit food.

  4. I love this post! I eat oatmeal pretty much every morning, even during the summer, and I STILL get random oatmeal cravings throughout the day. And I’ve eaten it every morning for no joke, 6 years now. These days, I add a dash of cinnamon, plus raisins and walnuts.

  5. Blogging/the internet totally changed oatmeal for me too. As a kid, I remember eating it with pounds of brown sugar mixed in.

    Isn’t it amazing how something as simple as the addition of PB & banana makes everything better?!

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