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What things do you add to your oatmeal to make it interesting?

thunderbug84 Jul 25, 2007 06:36 AM

I love oatmeal and I eat it almost every morning, but I usually just add some local maple syrup. I'd love to hear about some of your weird but terrific oatmeal concoctions so that I can mix it up a bit!

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    nissenpa Jul 25, 2007 06:40 AM

    In the fall I add a tablespoon of canned pumpkin, a tablespoon of pecans, a sprinkle of clove, cinnamon, and ginger--and a little honey or stevia for some sweetness.

    I sometimes add honey and pb or hiney and sunflower seed butter from TJs--yum.

    I also love cooking it for a minute and then stirring in an egg and cooking it for another 30 seconds. This makes the oatmeal so creamy---I LOVE it. I got that recommendation of chowhound last fall. I then add cinnamon or whatever else.

    I also like coconut oil in my oatmeal.

    Sometimes I throw in ground flax seeds if I have them.

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    1. re: nissenpa
      ajgnet Jul 25, 2007 07:19 AM

      A tablespoon of canned pumpkin and cinnamon ... that sounds fantastic.

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        nissenpa Jul 25, 2007 12:28 PM

        It is so wonderful in the fall months. Try it!

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      chicapea Jul 25, 2007 06:57 AM

      mmm...I eat it everyday too. Fave additions (AFTER cooked) are a bit of peanut butter, walnuts, dried cranberries and flax meal. I often add chocolate whey protein powder too, esp. if i'm working out that day. However the oatmeal needs to be warm, not hot, b/f making that addition in order to mix well.

      1. coney with everything Jul 25, 2007 07:00 AM

        Trader Joe's salty sweet and nutty granola as a topping, and REAL CREAM (just a wee bit)

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          Claire Jul 25, 2007 07:14 AM

          I love it with butter, sea salt and pepper. Not sweet and wonderful that way.

        2. reubensandperrier Jul 25, 2007 07:12 AM

          a little nutella and sliced bananas! mmmm....

          1. Gio Jul 25, 2007 07:15 AM

            My oatmeal is made with chicken broth each morning. Nothing else added.

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              odkaty Jul 25, 2007 07:18 AM

              I've been adding an egg - just stir it in. Someone posted the idea here a while ago in one of the many steel cut oatmeal threads.

              Like the other suggestions above, I all flax, dried (and sometimes fresh) fruits, nuts, spices, a dash of cream or rice milk. Once, in a mood, I added homemade honey ice cream ... now that was decadent, but I think it went beyond breakfast? As for fruits, huckleberry is my favorite.

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                Gio Jul 25, 2007 05:55 PM

                OK - now I have to try the egg addition tomorrow morning. It's got me intrigued. Thanks!

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                  nissenpa Jul 26, 2007 06:02 AM

                  Let us know what you think.

                  I tried the grated zucchini recommendation this morning and LOVED it. It's my new summer oatmeal.

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                ajgnet Jul 25, 2007 07:18 AM

                If I'm craving savory, salt, butter, and sometimes pepper does the trick.
                For sweet, I'll add strawberry or blackberry jam with toasted almonds.
                But recently, I've found myself adding raisins and sliced banana nearly every day.

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                  tochipotle Jul 25, 2007 07:24 AM

                  I like my oatmeal to be really cooked...and solid!!! I just like the texture. So I'll cook it for a while and add dried apples - they absorbe a bit of the water, and they're really tart.

                  1. chef chicklet Jul 25, 2007 07:34 AM

                    for a sweet version, always golden raisins and dried cherries with a tiny dash of cinnamon.
                    savory I only add sea salt, and made always with water only for both, no milk.

                    Going to try the egg stirred in for the savory, that actually sounds really good!

                    1. Cookiefiend Jul 25, 2007 07:37 AM

                      Blueberries, brown sugar and a bit of chopped almonds.

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                        rfried Jul 25, 2007 07:45 AM

                        not as exciting as some of the others, but i add frozen strawberries or blueberries, cinnamon and some wheat germ for some extra nutrition...

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                          debbiel Jul 25, 2007 07:57 AM

                          Inspired by a recent thread, I've recently started having a simple savory oatmeal--scallions (go in the water with the oatmeal) and lots of parmesan cheese. When I'm cooking steel cuts, chopped apples that go in with the oatmeals, toasted walnuts when served.

                          Here are some other recent oatmeal threads:

                          And the thread on adding kabocha that really helped me branch out on my oatmeal and corn mush:

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                            fauchon Jul 25, 2007 08:01 AM

                            Dundee Ginger Marmalade--makes a great, not very sweet, wake-up-NOW! addition....

                            1. pamalamb Jul 25, 2007 08:01 AM

                              Trader Joe's carries orange-flavor dried cranberries, which are fantastic in oatmeal.

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                                HungryLetsEat Jul 25, 2007 08:04 AM

                                Raisins, walnuts and banana chunks

                                1. Pylon Jul 25, 2007 08:07 AM

                                  Peanut butter and whey protein, either chocolate or banana flavored.

                                  1. JungMann Jul 25, 2007 08:12 AM

                                    My friend makes a hearty and savory oatmeal cooking his pinhead oats to a creamy consistency in chicken broth and bacon fat. He then adds chopped bacon, parmesan and/or gruyere and seasoned salt. It is certainly a very satisfying way to begin your morning.

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                                      nissenpa Jul 25, 2007 12:29 PM

                                      I have GOT to try this. Bacon and oatmeal have to be two of my favs---why have I not thought of this?

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                                        Gio Jul 25, 2007 05:58 PM

                                        I've actually had chopped turkey bacon and oatmeal in the past. Really very tasty. But cheese? I have to try it before I'm convinced it's a good morning starter.

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                                          JungMann Jul 26, 2007 09:31 AM

                                          Think of how great cheese grits are in the morning. Even if it's just parmesan and not some great melting cheese, the oatmeal really benefits from the slight creaminess behind the toothy oats.

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                                            LaureltQ Jul 26, 2011 07:23 PM

                                            Fuuuuu. This sounds so good! I will try it. I usually make a big batch of oatmeal a couple times a week and just spoon some out and mix it with milk, cinnamon and sugar. Cheese sounds way better!

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                                      adventuresinbaking Jul 25, 2007 08:20 AM

                                      Wow I want oatmeal now.

                                      My old standbye is to cut up a green apple and add it to the water while I am waiting for it to boil. Then I throw in the oatmeal, maybe some raisins, and let it cook. Right before I take it out of the pan, I add peanut butter. It is so good.

                                      On the weekends for a treat, sometimes I throw in chocolate chips and peanut butter, maybe with a little banana. Also very good.

                                      1. mrbozo Jul 25, 2007 09:37 AM

                                        Sweet butter and maple syrup. Black currant jam. Butter, brown sugar and cinnamon.

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                                          matermagna Jul 25, 2007 09:46 AM

                                          Definitely craving oatmeal now. My standby is pretty simple: chopped dates added while the oatmeal's still cooking so they get all gushy. No need for any additional sugar. It's not very summery, but very comforting on cold mornings.

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                                            abud Jul 25, 2007 12:43 PM

                                            I cook it with raw grated zuchinni. Delicious.

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                                              nissenpa Jul 25, 2007 04:18 PM

                                              I'm going to try that tomorrow--I bet it is great.

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                                                Texchef Jul 25, 2007 04:25 PM

                                                raisins and flax seeds most mornings... dried cranberries are great as well. and dried apricots cut into raisin sized pieces. If I'm adding after I've cooked it, sliced bananas, or strawberries or blueberries...and I alway add some salt while cooking

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                                              mvi Jul 25, 2007 04:29 PM

                                              An old folk remedy for rheumatoid arthritis, which I have been dealing with for a few years, calls for nine golden raisins soaked in gin. (Do a search and you will see the testamonials.) I add them to my organic oatmeal, along with fresh fruit, knowing the amount of gin is really pedestrian, and they sure are good.

                                              1. Emme Jul 25, 2007 05:53 PM

                                                Calories aside, butter and brown sugar. Or sugar and cinnamon.

                                                Carmelized chopped persimmons.

                                                Sweet potato or butternut squash puree and cinnamon (or sage for savory)... can also add chopped pecans or walnuts.

                                                Butter, maple syrup, and brown sugar when I'm being really bad.

                                                Oats + egg whites + cinnamon + vanilla + sweetener = pancakes

                                                Also good is oatmeal parfait... layer oatmeal, vanilla yogurt, and berries... for healthy fats, add sliced almonds.

                                                My ex loved bing cherries, brown sugar, cinammon, hazelnuts, and hazelnut oil.

                                                Crystallized ginger and pistachios with a swirl of molasses.

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                                                  HungryRubia Jul 26, 2007 06:08 AM

                                                  I like to add brown sugar or maple syrup and walnuts and cinnamon. Sometimes fried cherries are tasty too.

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                                                    lilmomma Oct 3, 2011 04:36 PM

                                                    You mean "dried" cherries right? Fried ones could be good though, I guess. Fried in butter and sugar. LOL

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                                                  JFla Jul 27, 2007 08:25 AM

                                                  Vanilla poached pears
                                                  Dried cherries, slivered almonds and orange zest
                                                  Sweet potato (diced and roasted), cinnamon and butter

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                                                    yankeefan Jul 27, 2007 08:32 AM

                                                    Mango and/or honey mustard

                                                    1. jfood Jul 27, 2007 08:33 AM

                                                      start with Silver Palate Oatmeal and then add one of the low sugar Bare Naked Granolas and a little splenda to sweeten.

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                                                        yogurtsoda Jul 27, 2007 08:56 AM

                                                        coconut milk.

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                                                          jeni1002 Jul 27, 2007 09:06 AM

                                                          A slight variation: toasted coconut flakes and toasted pumpkin seeds; and maple syrup....

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                                                          another_adam Jul 27, 2007 09:37 AM

                                                          kimchi and seasoned seaweed. (i've never understood the sweet oatmeal for breakfast thing...)

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                                                            yogurtsoda Jul 27, 2007 10:24 AM

                                                            okay, i am *definitely* trying that.

                                                          2. ArikaDawn Jul 27, 2007 03:38 PM

                                                            I am not sure if this counts as more of an oatmeal or an apple dish, but last night when I wanted something sweet it fit the bit.
                                                            In a bowl I combined about 1/4c. oatmeal, quite a bit of cinnamon, approx 1/2tbsp.butter(actually, I Can't Beleive It's Not Butter, but I always hesitate to admit such theings on these boards, haha), and 1 apple cut up into bite size pieces skin and all. I mixed it all together and realized there was nothing to sweeten it except for the apple and also it was a bit dry. For some reason it occurred to me to squeeze the juice of a clementine over the top of it all to moisten and sweeten. I then transferred it all to a foil bowl and baked at 350 for about 30 minutes. It was sooo good! Completely unlike any sort of apple crumble because the oatmeal didn't crisp as it was mixed all throughout, not just on top. The citrus was such a wonderful complement to all of the flavors, and healthwise, it is actually quite wholesome. This is definitely something I will be making again for breakfast with perhaps double the oatmeal and the juice of two clementines. It basically ends up being the most delicious apple cinnamon oatmeal ever with a little citus kick.

                                                            1. yomyb Jul 27, 2007 04:26 PM

                                                              Cooking it with milk, not water, is essential to me, then my favorite toppings are brown sugar, cinnamon, walnuts and cranberries. You can also add a dash of evaporated or condensed milk to make it a little sinful. ;-).

                                                              Not as healthy as oatmeal, but a Puerto Rican tradition that is delicious is boiling ginger and a stick of cinnamon in some water, then mixing 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with one cold cup of milk and heating this up while slowly adding some of the tea/flavored water. This becomes the most delicious thickened milk/hot cereal ever ;-). This with some Puerto Rican bread with butter and a cafe con leche...ahhh heaven.

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                                                                lvhkitty Jul 27, 2007 07:24 PM

                                                                I love oatmeal with the texture of spackle. I use half the water recommended and use the long cooking oats. Then I add dried blueberries and either walnuts or almonds.

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                                                                  nissenpa Jul 28, 2007 06:27 AM

                                                                  I thought I was the only one!!!!

                                                                2. firecooked Jul 27, 2007 08:58 PM

                                                                  Its way too hot to eat hot oatmeal in PHX in the summer, so I make Museli... the only hard part is remembering to throw it together the night before:

                                                                  1 ½ cups old fashioned oats
                                                                  ¼ cup raisins or dry cranberries or other dried fruit of choice
                                                                  ¼ cup walnuts (chopped) or almond slivers
                                                                  2 cups unsweetened soy milk (or any milk of choice, including part yogurt or juice)
                                                                  1 tablespoon Apricot or Peach jam
                                                                  1 teaspoon honey (or to taste)

                                                                  1 small apple (grated) or other fresh fruit

                                                                  Mix everything except for fresh fruit together, cover and refrigerate overnight. If it seems a bit thick in the morning, add some more milk or some plain yogurt. Stir in grated apple just before serving, or serve with other fresh fruit (berries, banana’s, apricots…)

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                                                                    Doreen Jul 28, 2007 07:19 AM

                                                                    For years I've been using a recipe of Michael Romano from Union Square Cafe. He says he makes a batch every day and it is all he eats between tasting things. Steel cut oats cooked in apple cider with some brown sugar. I add walnuts, apricots, raisins, an apple cut up. We eat it all fall and through the winter. It's very satisfying.

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                                                                      HungryLetsEat Jul 28, 2007 08:17 AM

                                                                      Funny you should say that. I bought a "chef for a day" package at a charity event a few years ago. When I went to do my day of work (which was great fun and quite enlightening) I was noticed that the head chef ate a HUGE bowl of oatmeal right before service (while the staff meal was being served). Must be a chef thing?

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                                                                        firecooked Jul 28, 2007 05:30 PM

                                                                        Yum, Steel Cut Oats are a great treat (and very different) from regular rolled oats, any way you prepare them.

                                                                      2. amyzan Jul 28, 2007 08:34 AM

                                                                        In the summer, I parboil and then steam it for fluffy individual flakes that don't hold a lot of heat. Parboil 2 minutes, steam for 5-10 depending on how thickly it's rolled. Interesting variation if you eat a lot of oatmeal, no matter the temperature outside.

                                                                        I prefer steel cut oats in colder weather.

                                                                        1. Richard 16 Jul 29, 2007 03:02 PM

                                                                          You can treat it like polenta. (Although I have never used tomato sauce. Doesn't sound good...) Since steel cut oats take so long to cook (try it in a slow cooker ala Alton Brown) make extra and refrigerate part of it. Cut and fry in really good butter and add S & P. (I suppose you could do a sweet version.)

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                                                                            choppme Apr 4, 2011 01:17 PM

                                                                            OK, haven't seen this here: Oatmeal, blueberries, bananas, milk and COTTAGE CHEESE! It's freakin deeeeelicious!

                                                                            1. chefathome Apr 4, 2011 01:22 PM

                                                                              Brown sugar and bacon!

                                                                              Cream and whisky (popular in parts of Scotland).

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                                                                                debbiel Apr 4, 2011 05:09 PM

                                                                                Oh my. Oh my oh my oh my. This sounds like heaven. I think it might have to be a new holiday breakfast.

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                                                                                Snorkelvik Apr 7, 2011 07:20 AM

                                                                                I love oatmeal and normally have it with some combination of banana, walnuts, peanut butter, apples, coconut oil, strawberries, cinnamon and brown sugar.

                                                                                Today I tried savory oatmeal cooked slowly in homemade chicken broth, 2 dashes of soy sauce and 1 chopped scallion. After it was cooked, I folded in a diced 1/2 avocado. Delicious!

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                                                                                  Westminstress Apr 7, 2011 12:13 PM

                                                                                  My favorite combo lately is raisins, walnuts, flax seeds and honey. Walnuts and honey are a terrific combo! Some others:
                                                                                  Dried figs and honey.
                                                                                  Cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar.
                                                                                  Butter and brown sugar.

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                                                                                    AverageJo Apr 7, 2011 12:57 PM

                                                                                    Roasted cacao nibs, roasted pecans/walnuts; ground flax seed. Chia seeds, sometimes.
                                                                                    Banana is cooked in the pot with the oats.

                                                                                    I know it's odd to eat oatmeal in the warm weather, but if you do, fresh strawberries or peaches really make it special.

                                                                                    1. eclecticsynergy Apr 11, 2011 12:14 AM

                                                                                      Steel cut oats. TOASTED, then cooked. Awesome with any addition you might choose.

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                                                                                        EM23 Jul 26, 2011 07:03 PM

                                                                                        Toasted oats take oatmeal to another level - so delicious!

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                                                                                        rosewood Jul 26, 2011 11:47 AM

                                                                                        1. sweet corn and cumin
                                                                                        2. spinach and oregano
                                                                                        3. some of my favorite jam (am using rose hip jam, ginger jam or strawberry/rhubarb jam now)
                                                                                        4. I made a corned beef, then used some of the broth (did not cook cabbage or potatoes with the beef this time) and some of the meat, finely diced
                                                                                        5. mushrooms (I bought a smoked duck breast and rendered the fat to saute the mushrooms in, but you can use bacon fat instead)

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                                                                                          padkins1 Sep 28, 2011 06:17 PM

                                                                                          I recently added the gelatin from baking country style pork ribs. I let it setup first and skimmed the fat off first. Also I added some peas, carrots, and onions. It was a bit different, but I thought it was pretty good. I am thinking about doing it again. Granted it was more of a savory dish, and when the oatmeal thickened up it was very rich, but it was a good breakfast.

                                                                                          1. Face_hole Sep 28, 2011 06:38 PM

                                                                                            I do a kind of peanut sauce flavor.. I add sriracha, peanut butter, soy sauce, few drops of sesame oil....

                                                                                            1. patricium Sep 30, 2011 01:20 PM

                                                                                              - Leftover "poached" pear pieces. I often do pears kind of like bananas foster - saute pieces in a butter/sugar mixture, then add some rum or brandy. Awesome over oatmeal. You could do this with apples or peaches too.

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                                                                                                patricium Sep 30, 2011 05:12 PM

                                                                                                On the way home, I remembered more things (Oatmeal is a winter-only thing for me.)
                                                                                                I toast the steel cut oats, so right at the end, just before adding the water, I add some spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, or allspice, so they become fragrant. If you're adding a sweetener like brown sugar, adding it at the beginning of cooking lends additional caramel notes.
                                                                                                I make a slightly different batch every week - Orange zest & dried cranberries, or peanut butter and raisins, or candied ginger and almonds.

                                                                                              2. BananaBirkLarsen Sep 30, 2011 05:22 PM

                                                                                                I cook it with dried cranberries and a thin piece of orange peel. After it's cooked I add walnuts, cinnamon, nutmeg, a drizzle of maple syrup and a splash of milk.

                                                                                                Also heavenly with dark brown sugar and a spoonful of yogurt on top.

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                                                                                                  peasantpalate Oct 3, 2011 09:33 AM

                                                                                                  That sounds like an awesome base for a cookie.

                                                                                                2. PotatoHouse Sep 30, 2011 05:44 PM

                                                                                                  Butter, sugar, egg, flour, chocolate chips, and sliced Spanish Almonds. drop by spoonfuls onto cookie sheet and bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes. Eat with a glass of cold milk....

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                                                                                                    beccydinosaur Oct 2, 2011 02:11 AM

                                                                                                    Steel cut oats with natural peanut butter, chocolate protein powder, flax seeds and stevia - my favourite!
                                                                                                    I also like it with almonds, cinnamon and a couple of dates.

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                                                                                                      noodlepoodle Oct 2, 2011 07:34 PM

                                                                                                      I start with some boiling water, then add the rolled oats and a little salt and cook that for a few minutes until it's a little thicker than I want it, then add some half and half and then half a well mashed banana and some brown sugar. The banana and half and half make it nice and creamy.

                                                                                                      1. Antilope Oct 2, 2011 07:36 PM

                                                                                                        Oatmeal Cookie Oatmeal recipe from Trader Joes supermarkets


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                                                                                                          sandylc Oct 2, 2011 08:06 PM

                                                                                                          Toasted pecans.

                                                                                                          Or, change things around and don't cook the oatmeal. Sprinkle the raw rolled oats into yogurt and fruit. Surprisingly satisfying.

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                                                                                                            Val Oct 3, 2011 04:27 PM

                                                                                                            toasted pecans...BINGO...I'm so used to just walnuts ALL.THE.TIME (well, their Omega 3's are awesome!) but I need a change up AND I have some lovely pecan meats in my freezer...next time I make oats...WEDNESDAY...this is what I will do...thanks for that suggestion, sandylc!

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                                                                                                            Wordweaverlynn Oct 3, 2011 12:52 AM

                                                                                                            I add chipotle powder along with the conventional butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Very warming!

                                                                                                            1. mattstolz Oct 3, 2011 09:24 AM

                                                                                                              I suggest checking this site out for good ideas!


                                                                                                              seriously so many ideas there.

                                                                                                              as for me, i am a fitness nut and bodybuilder, and eat oats 2-3x a day. I always cook mine and stir in some of my favorite protein powders for really easy and delicious flavoring (also changes the texture to smoother and thicker most the time!

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                                                                                                                beccydinosaur Oct 3, 2011 03:59 PM

                                                                                                                Thanks for the site!

                                                                                                                I'm somewhat of a fitness nut too and oats with protein powder is definitely one of my favorite snacks.

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                                                                                                                  mattstolz Oct 3, 2011 07:28 PM

                                                                                                                  some of my favorite combos:

                                                                                                                  dark cocoa/instant coffee grounds/chocolate protein

                                                                                                                  chocolate protein/peanut butter

                                                                                                                  good scoop pumpkin/cinnamon/pumpkin pie spice/vanilla protein

                                                                                                                  diced banana/chocolate (or vanilla) protein/peanut butter

                                                                                                                  diced strawberry/chocolate (or vanilla protein)

                                                                                                                  chocolate protein/cinnamon/cayenne pepper

                                                                                                                  chocolate/cayenne/shaved coconut/peanut butter

                                                                                                                  i also like savory oats A LOT! theres been a chow link hangin around on the side of the page lately with some good ideas. but i like cooking them in pasta sauce, curries, salsa, mole.... with pretty much any protein!

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                                                                                                                PotatoPuff Oct 3, 2011 09:40 AM

                                                                                                                so not quite gourmet, but a favorite for the past 20 years... cinnamon, skim milk and RICE KRISPIES!

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                                                                                                                  CaliTeeTee Oct 8, 2013 06:16 AM

                                                                                                                  I eat oatmeal five days a week. I had a pack of Splendia and cinnamon. If I'm feeling fancy, I will add fruit like apples or blueberries. I also like to add sliced or chopped raw almonds.

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                                                                                                                    salligator Oct 25, 2013 03:34 AM

                                                                                                                    Haleem, a Persian oatmeal, beef and cinnamon dish that cooks overnight,fills the house with a wonderful smell. Our favorite time to eat it is before a day of skiing. Waiting for the cold weather to savor this savory oatmeal treat
                                                                                                                    One pound chuck roast in crock pot with one medium onion, 1 Tbl turmeric, fill crock pot with water and simmer over night on low. In morning remove meat and onion, dispose of onion, shred meat when cool enough to handle and return meat to pot. Add enough oatmeal ( abt 1/2 c per cup of water), 1 tsp cinnamon, salt, pepper, and stick of butter. Simmer til thick and oh so yummy. Very rich, very delicious. A little vague on the amount of oatmeal as it is one of those thing we just eyeball an not measure. I like more cinnamon when served. Enjoy!

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                                                                                                                      SarachkaInBrooklyn Oct 26, 2013 09:59 AM

                                                                                                                      That sounds wonderful and so unique (to me)! I will have to try this soon.

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                                                                                                                        debbiel Oct 26, 2013 01:34 PM

                                                                                                                        Oh that sounds great!

                                                                                                                      2. Scoutmaster Oct 25, 2013 10:33 AM

                                                                                                                        Peanut butter
                                                                                                                        Chia Seeds
                                                                                                                        Apple butter
                                                                                                                        Diced apple

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                                                                                                                          hungry_united Oct 25, 2013 12:45 PM

                                                                                                                          We make overnight steel-cut oats in a large batch on Sunday night and eat them all week. Recently we've been doing 1/3 quinoa and 2/3 oats, which ups the protein factor. I like them simply with cinnamon (no need for added sugar) and golden raisins.

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                                                                                                                            rabaja Oct 26, 2013 09:45 AM

                                                                                                                            What's your overnight sc oat recipe please?
                                                                                                                            I've been looking for a good recipe, as I have to eat oat almost everyday. Do I have to use a crockpot?
                                                                                                                            I know I'll be getting one eventually, but haven't bitten the bullet yet.

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                                                                                                                              NHCarol Oct 26, 2013 10:33 AM

                                                                                                                              My overnight recipe for the 2 of us is to put 1/2 cup of steel cut oats in 2 cups of boiling water after dinner, simmer a minute or 2, turn off the stove, cover, and leave pan on the stove until just before bed when I put it in the fridge. In the morning, I reheat the oats with sliced banana, maple syrup, apple, or whatever is available. Saves much cooking time, the texture is great and the oats are delicious.

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                                                                                                                                rabaja Oct 26, 2013 05:35 PM

                                                                                                                                Thank you! This sounds great!

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                                                                                                                                  hungry_united Oct 27, 2013 04:15 PM

                                                                                                                                  Rabaja, my recipe is similar to NHCarol's, but the ratio is slightly different... no need for a crockpot at all! To make a week's worth of oats for two people, we use 2 cups steel-cut oats, 1 cup quinoa (rinsed), and 6 cups water. (Basically whatever total measurement of grains x2 = measurement of water; we do a 1:2 ratio of quinoa to oats, but you could do all oats as well.) Bring the oats/quinoa and water to boil with a dash of salt. As soon as it starts boiling, cover with a tight-fitting lid and then turn off the heat, leaving it covered on the warm burner. I do it at dinnertime on Sunday night, and it's ready when we wake up Monday morning. We transfer the whole batch to the fridge, and when we want to eat it, we scoop out a portion, add milk or almond milk, cinnamon, and dried fruit, and pop it in the microwave.

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                                                                                                                                    rabaja Oct 27, 2013 10:18 PM

                                                                                                                                    Wow, so easy and I love the quinoa addition. I'll try making this tomorrow for the week. Thank you!

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                                                                                                                                  friendlyfaceca Oct 27, 2013 05:27 PM

                                                                                                                                  Thanks for the simple recipe. I didn't have a clue! ;)

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                                                                                                                              wontonfm Oct 25, 2013 03:36 PM

                                                                                                                              i use some combination of the following:

                                                                                                                              dried fruit
                                                                                                                              pumpkin butter
                                                                                                                              shredded coconut
                                                                                                                              chocolate chips
                                                                                                                              almond or peanut butter


                                                                                                                              1. FoodWacky Oct 26, 2013 12:17 PM

                                                                                                                                My absolute favorite way to eat oatmeal is topped with a scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream! Have mercy!

                                                                                                                                1. katydid13 Oct 26, 2013 04:23 PM

                                                                                                                                  When pomegranates are in season, I love to add pom arils & banana -- great sweet/tart combo. Also love banana and blueberries (fresh or frozen/thawed) together. If I'm in the mood for dried fruit, I'll chop up some dried apricots or dried apple & add it to the water when I add the oatmeal; absorbs water much quicker, however. And I always add flaxseed meal and 1 tsp. of blackstrap molasses (for the iron).

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                                                                                                                                    nonaggie Oct 27, 2013 10:22 AM

                                                                                                                                    I've been cooking steel cut oats with a bit of star anise, then adding chili oil, nori, and soy sauce. Sometimes with a bit of cinnamon, too.

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                                                                                                                                      jbsiegel Oct 27, 2013 05:27 PM

                                                                                                                                      Boring, but my absolute fav is butter and brown sugar.

                                                                                                                                      I've also done some chocolate/peanut butter and some pumpkin/brown sugar which were both good.

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                                                                                                                                        friendlyfaceca Oct 27, 2013 05:45 PM

                                                                                                                                        I love this list! So many yummy ideas! Is there someway I can save it??

                                                                                                                                        1. free sample addict aka Tracy L Oct 27, 2013 05:45 PM

                                                                                                                                          Pureed apricots from the baby food aisle. It's the perfect size to bring to work. I like the smooth texture and can swirl it in so it looks pretty. I am generally not a sweets w/oatmeal fan. If someone else prepares my oatmeal I add a dash of salt. It is isn't exotic,but it seems to help with the sweetness and it enhances the nutty/earthy flavor of oatmeal. Since I've recently started making my own almond milk I may try cooking the steel cut oatmeal in the almond milk instead of water.

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                                                                                                                                            MRS Oct 27, 2013 05:48 PM

                                                                                                                                            all natural, crunchy peanut butter is fabulous...esp if you add a bit of honey, too.
                                                                                                                                            My 5 year old likes other cereal- such as Honey Nut Cheerios. It sound odd but is really quite tasty.

                                                                                                                                            1. JenBak Dec 5, 2013 08:43 AM

                                                                                                                                              I love savory oatmeals and am not a fan of the sweet version. Also, I never add butter.

                                                                                                                                              When I make a batch, I normally mix steel cut oats, whole flax seed, and wheat germ with one or more of the following:

                                                                                                                                              -nutritional yeast (gives a kinda cheesy feel/flavor)
                                                                                                                                              -sunflower seeds
                                                                                                                                              -pine nuts
                                                                                                                                              -pumpkin seeds

                                                                                                                                              and I ALWAYS add Tamari (or soy sauce if I'm out of Tamari) and crushed red pepper.

                                                                                                                                              Sometimes, I cook an egg on top of it, too.

                                                                                                                                              Occasionally, I'll have some sheets of nori with it as well and wrap spoonfuls in the nori - very tasty with the Tamari, crushed red pepper, and egg.

                                                                                                                                              Instead of crushed red pepper, I once added gochujang (a Korean red pepper paste).

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                                                                                                                                                Val Dec 7, 2013 04:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                And for a *textural* change-up, you can soak your oats overnight...I did this this past summer...blended up kale and almond milk and a very ripe banana...poured it over the organic rolled oats....(not the instant flakey crap..<sorry>)....then put in fridge overnight...you end up with green oats...but they taste awesome! for anyone who wants exact measurements, just google "green monster oats" ..it should come up for you!

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