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 are 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.

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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 are 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.

Favorite Pinterest Finds

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

Morning Glory Muffins

Soft and Chewy Protein Granola Bars by Running with Spoons – great snack idea

Soft and Chewy Protein Granola Bars

Cranberry Streusel Cheesecake Bars by Peas & Crayons – these would be a great holiday dessert

Cranberry Streusel Cheesecake Bars

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

Oatmeal Creme Pies

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

Gluten Free Oatmeal Banana Nut Bread

Two Step Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies via Skinny Mom – super easy & can make ahead

Two Step Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Rich Chocolate Oatmeal by The Wannabe Chef – great for breakfast or brinner

Rich Chocolate Oatmeal

Blueberry Banana-Nut Oatmeal by Iowa Girl Eats – classic flavors combined

Blueberry Banana Nut Oatmeal

Strawberry Shortcake Oatmeal by The Oatmeal Artist – dessert meets breakfast (bressert?)

Strawberry Shortcake Oatmeal

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes by Taste and Tell – pancakes are my favorite

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes

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?

— Allison

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  1. I JUST ate breakfast and now I’m hungry again looking at all of these pictures! I love overnight oats and eat them cold most of the time–but hot when it’s freezing outside! Oatmeal, cocoa powder and peanut butter are a killer combo. Happy Friday girly! <3

  2. I’m thinking about making overnight oats with some of those yummy looking recipes.
    Just a side note: My cable provider, bright house, has an OnDemand channel that allows me to watch Grey’s the next day (even if I miss out on DVR it) You should see if yours does too so you can watch both Scandal and Grey’s. I am addicted to those shows too!

  3. Gah! So much oaty goodness — I can’t even handle it. Oats are easily my favourite grain, and I’d gladly eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner if I wasn’t worried about developing another intolerance. Right now I’m on a huge almond butter and honey combo kick, and I like my oats at room temperature — either as hot oats that have cooled down, cookies, or bars ;)

  4. There is nothing better than a hot bowl of oatmeal on these cold days! My favorite is oatmeal with cinnamon, vanilla, peanut butter, maple syrup or honey, and then I alternate with raisins, blueberries, or apples.. yum!! I also made the recent discovery that it is so much better to buy the huge box of oatmeal at Costco! We go through so much of it! There’s also an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe from Six Sisters that is really good and surprisingly not bad for you!

    • Agreed! My oatmeal bowls always have a spoonful of peanut butter (or almond butter) on top and usually a drizzle of something sweet like molasses or honey. Cinnamon raisin is my favorite base flavor!

  5. I just had oatmeal for breakfast this morning. I always make the instant kind though. I am always running late in the mornings and I find it so easy. I’m going to try buying some oats and making it on the stovetop though. These recipes look delish!

    Krystal

    • Quick cooking oats really are QUICK cooking and can be made in the microwave. Tip: a jar of quick cooking oats is much cheaper (more for your money) than the individual packets. And to speed things up in the morning, you can pre-measure the oats and put them into individual Ziplock bags ;)

  6. Oatmeal is one of my favorite things EVER! My two favorite ways to have them are in overnight oats (all time fave) and hot oats. They must have nut/seed butter dolloped on top ;)
    Have you seen the blog, The Oatmeal Artist? She has a ton of amazing, creative oatmeal recipes that I think you’d enjoy! http://www.theoatmealartist.com
    I also loveeeee this peach overnight oatmeal smoothie from Kath Eats: http://www.katheats.com/recipage?recipe_id=6030461

  7. Sooooo oatmeal is kind of my favorite food ever, which made me so excited to read your blog post! My pinterest is totally full of new recipes thanks to you! The chocolate oatmeal might be made tomorrow morning :)

  8. I definitely prefer hot oats, I tried cold oats once in the form of OIAJ..and HATED IT!! NO NO NO it was like a giant pile of cold mush. NO! Blueberries and banana are SO classic and the majority of my oatmeal bowls look just like that!

    • Ha “cold mush.” The first time I made them I really disliked them, but then I made them a while later and loved them… I think it has a LOT to do with the ingredients and it’s definitely an acquired texture.

  9. I need a bib for all my drool. love, love, love, love oatmeal. did I mention that I love oatmeal?? hot or cold– I’m down.

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