Favorite Finds: Oatmeal Any Which Way

Thursday nights have become my guilty pleasure TV night – there’s so.much.to.watch! Both Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal are on hiatus until February, but Millionaire Matchmaker, Courtney Loves Dallas, and Tone It Up is great fill-ins. I have no clue what I’m gonna do when Grey’s and Scandal return since my DVR can only record two shows at a time and considering that I fall asleep before any of them come on, I need to start strategizing…
My Thursday nights aren’t the only thing that’s overloaded, my Monday nights are too. Kidding, kinda (hola Juan!). But my oatmeal bowls are too.
I ate oatmeal occasionally when I was younger, mostly during the colder months, but it was always apple cinnamon flavored. My momma bought the microwavable packets, added chunks of fresh apple, a splash of water, and within about two minutes breakfast was ready. Nowadays, I prefer my oats cooked on the stove top… Layered between cereal and Greek yogurt, topped off with a spoonful of peanut butter, sometimes jelly, and occasionally I’ll add a splash of Silk soymilk.

We’re only a week and a half into 2014, but I have a feeling that I’ll be eating a lot of piping hot, hearty bowls of oatmeal this year if the temperatures continue to dip below freezing… And when it gets warmer, maybe I’ll try making overnight oats or even smoothies (I’ve heard that oats are a great addition to smoothies). Oats are full of fiber, they’re heart healthy, can help to lower cholesterol levels, and overall is a good source of important nutrients!

Tip: I buy my oats at Costco. They come in a HUGE 10 lb. box (containing 2 large plastic bags) and it costs approximately $9 – that’s less than $1/lb.! It’s a lot, but they last for a long time. We keep them in a glass container on our kitchen counter for easy access and the box stays hidden in the panty.

Morning Glory Muffins by The Healthy Maven – morning glory muffins are my favorite type of muffin

Soft and Chewy Protein Granola Bars by Running with Spoons – great snack idea
Cranberry Streusel Cheesecake Bars by Peas & Crayons – these would be a great holiday dessert

Homemade Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies by Sally’s Baking Addiction – soft, chewy, & creamy

Gluten Free Oatmeal Banana Nut Bread by Mom Foodie – banana bread is always a classic

Two Step Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies via Skinny Mom – super easy & can make ahead
Rich Chocolate Oatmeal by The Wannabe Chef – great for breakfast or brinner
Blueberry Banana-Nut Oatmeal by Iowa Girl Eats – classic flavors combined

Strawberry Shortcake Oatmeal by The Oatmeal Artist – dessert meets breakfast (bressert?)
Whole Wheat Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes by Taste and Tell – pancakes are my favorite

P.S. We have a 2-hour delay today because of freezing rain. Happy Friday!
Question: Do you prefer your oats hot or cold?
Question: What are your favorite oatmeal combos?

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