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Hot oatmeal with Vanilla Ice Cream!

I read a couple of recent threads about oatmeal and it got me thinking of my seemingly bizarre oatmeal tradition.
I cook hot oatmeal a few times each week. Both old fashioned and steel cut if I have the time in the morning.
I love putting a scoop of good vanilla ice cream on my oatmeal.
When I get odd looks I explain: I often see people putting cream and brown sugar or maple syrup on their oatmeal. Why not ICE cream which is sweet? I love the hot and cold sensation.
Anyone else? Am I the only one?

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  1. Throw on some sauteed apple w/cinnamon and I am willing to give it a try.

    1. Old friend of DH's has been doing this for decades. He explains it the same way you do. A good idea. I'm thinking butter pecan, strawberry or maybe peach?

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      1. re: lemons

        mmm...mapley oatmeal with butter pecan ice cream :)

      2. Never did hot oatmeal, but I did make an oat-nut streusel for a cake and used some for topping ice cream.
        Your idea is a sound one. I need to try it.

        1. I would try it! Similar to topping a crisp (apple, fruit, what-have-you) with ice cream.

          I actually saw a recipe for blueberry cheesecake oatmeal this past week, so I don't think you're the only one. :) It would make me wanna eat oatmeal more often for sure, but would screw with the health benefit a bit...and that's OK, too! Maybe one would cancel out the other. HA HA!

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          1. re: kattyeyes

            I tried my own blueberry/strawberry cheesecake version this morning. Note steam rising from the bowl, so dramatic, TEE HEE. It's interesting, but can only imagine ice cream over the top is THAT MUCH BETTER. Not a bad way to start the day--a cup of fresh fruit, a little Neufchatel and cream with almonds and extra brown sugar over the top.

            1. re: kattyeyes

              Looks delicious!! And the real kattyeyes guarding it is pretty key :)

              1. re: kattyeyes

                OK kattyeyes!! You are crossing the line!! Love it! I have always taken so much grief about it but now I have been validated!!

                1. re: Motosport

                  You can almost always find validation here on the playground. :) P.S. Don't forget a little (1/4 tsp.) almond extract if you try the cheesecake way.

            2. It really does sound delicious..

              1. Actually in one of my food labs in college our instructor had us make a baked oatmeal and serve it with ice cream for breakfast. I lived it with raspberry ripple. It was just an example of something that could be made to entice children to eat more hot cereals and get some dairy in with it.

                1. It's even better with some maple syrup drizzled over it.

                  1. It sounds like a natural pairing to me! I think of oatmeal-cookie based ice cream sandwiches with the added bonus of the temperature contrast (though I'd want the oatmeal to be warm rather than hot).

                    I'm going to do this next time I have some maple-walnut ice cream on hand, or the roasted coconut I usually get. These will be brilliant with oatmeal, methinks!

                    1. As kids in the 60's, we occasionally had this as a treat in our family. And what a treat it was!

                      1. O.M.G. Never even THOUGHT of this pairing, and now I cant get it out of my mind! Off to the kitchen!!!

                        1. Sounds like a natural combination - !

                          1. Sounds insanely good to me!

                            1. I used to pour a touch of eggnog over my oatmeal. Really rich and good.

                              1. I'm thinking chocolate milk on it wouldn't be too bad either!

                                1. That actually sounds really, really good!

                                  1. why not?

                                    People put milk and sugar, and sometimes vanilla, on their oatmeal.

                                    People eat ice cream with fruit crumbles, which are topped with oatmeal, sugar, and cinnamon.

                                    Sounds logical to me!

                                    1. I do that! I also will put a small scoop in my coffee !

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                                      1. re: Stormhunter

                                        on vacation a few years ago with friends, someone used the last of the 1/2-1/2 just as i poured a mug of earl grey tea. so i substituted a small scoop of french vanilla ice cream. great vacation treat!