If you’re looking for a really filling Oatmeal variation, try this Mashed Sweet Potato Oatmeal. It’s a smooth mashed sweet potato (all natural no cream added) mix with healthy and filling oatmeal.
Flavor of the Month: Mashed Sweet Potato Oatmeal
This months flavor of the month, I’m sharing with you something I’ve never thought I’d make for an oatmeal, mashed Sweet Potato Oatmeal. This variation came out one Saturday when I woke up a little bit late than usual. I was rummaging through my fridge of any quick breakfast I can eat before going to the gym. I saw my over cooked sweet potato. lost track of time And I boiled to much it ended being too soft and mushy. I kept it though, packed it and took it with me at the office. I intended to put it on top of my oatmeal but unfortunately I wasn’t able to eat it with so much lunch out that happened. To cut the story short, the sweet potato came back with me and it back in the fridge. That’s how this Mashed Sweet Potato Oatmeal was born. I poured the Oatmeal in my bowl and started mashing the Sweet Potato on top, mixed it and I ended up with a beautiful orange colored Oatmeal. It was actually delicious, it was just like eating a lighter mashed Sweet Potato plus the Oatmeal.
I’ve added sliced banana, (as always in most of my oatmeal), granola, pecans, chai seed and flax seed and a piece of fresh Strawberry. You can add whatever toppings you like. A simple and filling breakfast, homemade and healthy. Give it a try! Enjoy
Benefits of Sweet Potato
- Highly Nutritious
- Promote Gut Health
- May Have Cancer-Fighting Properties
- Support Healthy Vision
- May Enhance Brain Function
- May Support Your Immune System
Types of Oatmeal
Steel Cut Oats (Irish Oats) – This type of oats has a finer texture but is chewier than traditional oats, they are digested more slowly and it makes you feel full easily. This type is perfect for breakfast cereals as they make you feel full longer.
Rolled Oats (Old Fashioned) – This type of oats are flat, thin and have bigger pieces than Steel Cut Oats. It cooks faster, about 10 minutes for 1/3 cup (depending on how chewy you like it). Although filling, it is not as filling as using Steel Cut Oats, but if your recipe requires minimal cooking time or you do not have much time on hand, this is the perfect type of oats to use. I find that this type is also the one perfect for baking cookies, bars, bread or pancakes.
Quick Oats – This type of oats have flat, light and even thinner pieces as compared to Rolled Oats. This cooks in about 1-2 minutes and are perfect for recipes that calls for a very minimal cooking time. Although it is also a good option for breakfast, it is not as filling as using Steel Cut Oats and Rolled Oats.
Instant Oats – This type of oatmeal has been pre-cooked and dried, because of this, it require no cooking time at all. You just need to add boiling water and let sit for few minutes to soften. This type of oatmeal doesn’t have chewiness and texture and can get mushy at times. This if perfect option when you are traveling and you need something on the go. Simply add hot water and you have an instant breakfast with you.
- 3 tbsp Mashed Sweet Potato – cooked
- 1/4 cup Rolled Oats
- 1 1/2 cup Milk (Can be substituted with a mix of water and milk in any proportion)
- 2- 3 tbsp Brown Sugar (can be substituted with other sweeter of your choice)
- 1/2 Small Banana – sliced
- 4 pieces fresh Strawberry
- Toppings of your choice – I used coconut flakes, flax seeds, granola and Walnut
Pour water and milk in a pan. Add rolled oats and simmer in medium heat for about 5- 8 minutes. Stir in brown sugar, and cook for another 5 minutes. The consistency of the oats will thicken as it cools, if you are serving it immediately, you can cook it a little bit longer to get a thick consistency. Cooking time is flexible, cook less or more time to adjust to the texture and consistency that you prefer.
Transfer in a bowl and arrange sliced Banana and Strawberry and other toppings of your choice. Enjoy!
One tip when reheating it, add few spoonful of water or milk to thin out the consistency. The oatmeal will thickens as it cools, even more when refrigerated. So to bring it back to nice consistency, you need to add a little bit of liquid. For single serving, add 1-2 tbsp of liquid and stir then simply pop it in the microwave for 1 minute. Take it out and stir again, adding more liquid as necessary to achieve the consistency that you like. Return to microwave for another minute. Remove and add toppings as desired. You can also add more liquid while cooking it, this way it remains slightly runny and you won’t need to add liquid to it when you re-heat it. Easy breezy! Enjoy
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