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How do you like your oatmeal?

k.....I like my oatmeal one of two ways:

1. honey and flax seed
2. brown sugar and margarine/butter

I am not drinking milk these days and can use some suggestions on how to spice it up.....I am interested to hear how other chowhounds enjoy their big bowl of oats :)

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  1. We are big oatmeal consumers in my home. Our current favorite is with brown sugar, cinnamon and small diced apples cooked with the oatmeal, not added after. The apples soften and add lovely flavor.

    We also cook the oatmeal with dried fruits (cranberries, apricots, mango...) and sweeten it with honey or agave nectar.

    Neither are too inventive, but me and my kids love it.

    Also, if you are not drinking cows milk, try adding almond or rice milk. There is a sweet flavor of rice milk called Horchata that works well with oatmeal. Enjoy!

    1. A spoonful of honey and tons of cinnamon for me. I think my husband likes brown sugar and cinnamon on his.

      1. We are big on oats during the cold months too. We make oat groats, rather than oatmeal. We cook it in the slow cooker overnight so it's ready in the morning. I like mine with maple syrup, milk and dried fruit - cranberries, prunes, apricots. I also soak the larger dried fruit overnight so it's not too chewy. DH has his with fruit only.

        1. On the sweet side, these are my fave combos:

          -canned pumpkin, cinnamon and a little maple syrup or molasses
          -soymilk, cocoa powder, and dried cherries
          -coconut milk and banana
          -soymilk, peanut butter and a bit of honey
          -whatever liquid, with a spoonful of lemon curd

          On the savoury side, I like:

          -quark cheese and fresh herbs
          -sesame oil and fresh ginger
          -roasted garlic
          -dried mushrooms (not too many, they taste strong)
          -pesto

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          1. re: piccola

            I'm so glad you mentioned coconut milk, I had intended to add another reply to suggest it, since the OP cannot eat milk.

            1. re: piccola

              Im so glad you mentioned pumpkin. My nutritionist thinks Im crazy , but its a GREAT way to get in some extra fibre

            2. i love brown sugar (but never use it, i use splenda *sigh) and lots of fresh berries. and a few tablespoons of ground flax seeds.

              dried sour cherries are good too...
              cinnamon
              basically boring ideas are what i like :)

              interesting savoury ideas. gotta try the quark and herb. mmm.

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              1. re: junglekitte

                have you tried the splenda brown sugar mix?