Sunday, October 21, 2012

Blueberries and Cream Oatmeal

When I was little I loved the instant packets of fruit and cream oatmeal. I'm sure I don't need to tell you that stuff is loaded with sugar and other icky things. It only takes a few extra minutes to make from scratch and it's delicious and good for you.

Checking the texture...

You can buy organic oats in several varieties...rolled, steel cut, etc. The nutritional difference doesn't matter much but the texture and cooking times do. Experiment and see what you like best. If you are a texture freak and don't like the way home cooked oats feel, try putting them in a blender or food processor BEFORE you cook them. They turn into oat flour. If you do this, you'll have to stir pretty much constantly while they cook with a whisk so they don't clump, but they don't take nearly as long to cook.

Who needs a spoon when you have a fist?

Cook the oats according to directions. Meanwhile, blend some plain yogurt and frozen or fresh blueberries in a blender for just a few seconds if you want blueberry chunks left or longer if you like it smooth. Once your oats have cooked, mix everything together and take a bite. If you find it to be a bit tart, add a little maple syrup. So good on a chilly fall morning.

Of course you can do this with any fruit. Bananas and cream and peaches and cream were my faves back in the day. You can do apple and cinnamon or brown sugar and maple syrup without the brown sugar. It still tastes great! I am ridiculously excited about an idea that's been floating around in my head the last few days... pumpkin spice oatmeal! I'll post the recipe if it's a success.


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